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Hello everyone

Run Msconfig, and I can control what I want to start up when the system boots up. I was looking at this program, and took a lengthy look at start-up's neighbor "services." I can''t believe all or most of those entries are running in the background. No wonder the computer is sluggish. I bet 50% of those entries could be disabled.

Can anyone more knowledgable than I (which is probably 99% of the planet) explain to me what these services are? Some have names which I can identify, but some have esoteric names like Distribution Link Tracking Client; Protected Storage; Indexing Service etc. To those not in the know, those entries are meaningless.

I detest auto-updates. I'd rather update various items manually at a time which is suitable than have my computer needlessly using a lot of its resources.

Is there a "list" somewhere of these entries, besides trying to google one entry at a time?
Which can I disable?
Which should I not touch?

I'm a Sagittarian. We live on the edge. I'm not afraid to mess with the registry. I'd make a backup of it first anyway! I'd be grateful if someone could answer my questions and help me acquire some new knowledfge. Isn't there a saying that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing? Oh btw, I'm using XP home.

Thanks in advance

Larry
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Here are some good sites for more info, but you'll only get a small boost in performance by turning some of them off.

http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm

http://www.theeldergeek.com/services_guide.htm

http://vernalex.com/tools/services/?wxphp=1&search=&=Filter+/+Search+Services

Services that you should always leave on Automatic:

DCOM Server Process Laucher
DHCP Client
Event Log
Plug and Play
Protected Storage
Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
Shell Hardware Detection
Windows Audio
Windows Management Instrumentation
Workstation
 
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