Service Configuration Files
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)
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
I recommend either Lite or Hardcore depending on your specific needs.