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    At the Northern VA/etc meet, I noticed a few people with XP that wasn't optimized.

    eXPerience, the author of many releases such as TinyXP, released some of this configuration files so others can easily configure their OS. Below is his original post explaining them:

    Windows XP Professional Services Configuration Files

    Thank you for trying the "Services Configuration Files" by eXPerience.

    By disabling useless services, you can improve system performance and also help
    to make your system more secure.

    To use these files, simply double click one of the included registry files of
    your choice numbered 001 to 005 and after clicking OK, reboot your machine so
    the changes to the services configuration can take effect. If you find yourself
    in any sort of a mess with things not working in Windows, the solution is simple,
    just run the 001 file and your system will be returned back to how it would be
    on a normal default installation.

    001 - DEFAULT
    This is the standard Windows XP Professional services setup. If you have any
    problems running any of the other files here, just double click this 001 file,
    click OK and reboot, then your services will be back to normal.

    002 - SLIGHT
    This disables unneccesary services but it will not disable anything that might be used under normal
    usage like a printer, digital camera or Windows Themes (Luna), LAN network, Remote Desktop and so
    forth. This configuration will not save you much RAM memory, but it does disable certain "dangerous"
    services like "Remote Registry".

    003 - LITE
    This setup is a litte more daring than the last! This LITE setup will disable
    several more services that are generally not used, but even this LITE setup
    still keeps Windows Update, digital camera functionality, printer and so forth.

    004 - HARDCORE
    OK this is getting a little scary! If you use this HARDCORE file, you will
    lose a lot more functionality like Windows Update, printing, digital cameras,
    but you will still have all your networking capabilities - THIS DOES NOT
    include Remote Desktop - you will lose Remote Desktop, but normal file
    sharing on a LAN network will be fine.

    005 - MANIAC
    This configuration is enough to make a grown man cry! If you use this MANIAC
    file, there is a lot to take into account - before all the explination about
    risks, let me just point out how to manually enable this service or that
    service in case you are crazy enough to use this configuration. To manually
    enable a single service, do this --->

    1 - Click ---> Start
    2 - Click ---> Run
    3 - Type ----> services.msc
    4 - Click ---> OK
    5 - Find the service ---> Double click it
    6 - Set it to ---> Automatic (in the drop down box)
    7 - Click ---> Apply
    8 - Click ---> Start (The "Start" button in the services console!)
    9 - The service is set to start with Windows and is started, no reboot is needed.

    Now you know how to get into the Services console, make sure if you do use
    this MANIAC configuration that you look through this list to see if it can
    solve the problem - in most cases it will, for example suddenly after using
    the MANIAC file, you cannot connect to the internet, this is because of the
    "DHCP Client" service, so it says this below next to "DHCP Client". Maybe it
    is not so maniac to use the MANIAC configuration but only if you know what
    you're doing (or you can follow basic instructions as described here which
    unfortunately most people cannot!)

    You will lose the "DCOM Server Process Launcher" and "Windows Installer"
    meaning if you are planning to install any more programs, they will not
    install (Windows Installer based programs) but this does not mean currently
    installed programs won't run, disabling DCOM only applies to programs you
    have yet to install - they won't install unless you enable "DCOM Server
    Process Launcher" and "Windows Installer"again manually in services.msc.

    NOTES: If you run this MANIAC registry file, you will
    only be left with three services running, these are:

    Plug and Play
    Remote procedure Call (RPC)
    Windows Audio

    With this configuration, not including the 3.5Mb of RAM that
    Task Manager itself uses up... your system will be running on:

    RAM Usage ---> 35.7Mb
    Processes ---> 11
    Threads -----> 131
    Handles -----> 1780

    Hope you enjoy these registry files and save a bit of RAM memory!

    All registry file configurations devised by eXPerience
    Download Link

    I recommend either Lite or Hardcore depending on your specific needs.

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    Thanks for posting these; it's a lot easier than monkeying with services individually (I tried). Unfortunately I have to say they didn't make a huge difference for me - Hardcore seemed to shave a couple of seconds off the boot and hibernate resume times, but it was marginal - Slight and Lite had no effect. Same story with Commit Charge and RAM use. I didn't try Maniac because I'd like to keep some of the features it disables.
    I looked at Handles, Threads and Processes between Lite and Hardcore and they were all reduced: 3705 v 3308, 253 v 220 and 23 v 21, respectively. So I suppose the CPU usage is lower; but it hasn't drastically changed my boot time. :\ I'll stick with Hardcore.
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