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XP: Default Settings For Windows Services

Manipulating windows services can be fun but can make a system extremely unstable. This tech-recipe describes the default settings for these services.

Here’s the generic list I keep as a text file to remind me of the default settings.

    Alerter manual
    Application Layer Gateway manual
    Application Management manual
    automatic Updates automatic
    Background Intelligent Transfer Service manual
    ClipBook manual
    COM+ Event System manual
    COM+ System Application manual
    Computer Browser automatic
    Cryptographic Services automatic
    DHCP Client automatic
    Distributed Link Tracking Client automatic
    Distributed Transaction Coordinator manual
    DNS Client automatic
    Error Reporting automatic
    Event Log automatic
    Fast User Switching Compatibility manual
    Help and Support automatic
    Human Interface Device Access disabled
    IMAPI CD-Burning COM manual
    Indexing Service manual
    Internet Connection Sharing manual
    IPSec Services automatic
    Logical Disk Manager automatic
    Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service manual
    Messenger automatic
    MS Software Shadow Copy Provider manual
    Net Logon automatic
    NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing manual
    Network Connections manual
    Network DDE manual
    Network DDE DSDM manual
    Network Location Awareness (NLA) manual
    NT LM Security Support Provider manual
    Performance Logs and Alerts manual
    Plug and Play automatic
    Portable media serial number automatic
    Print Spooler automatic
    Protected Storage automatic
    QoS RSVP manual
    Remote Access Auto Connection Manager manual
    Remote Access Connection Manager manual
    Remote Desktop Help Session Manager manual
    Remote Procedure Call (RPC) automatic
    Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator manual
    Remote Registry automatic
    Removable Storage manual
    Routing and Remote Access manual
    Secondary Logon automatic
    Security Accounts Manager automatic
    Server automatic
    Shell Hardware Detection automatic
    Smart Card manual
    Smart Card Helper manual
    SSDP Discovery manual
    System Event Notification automatic
    System Restore Service automatic
    Task Scheduler automatic
    TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper automatic
    Telephony manual
    Telnet manual
    Terminal Services manual
    Themes automatic
    Uninterruptable Power Supply manual
    Universal Plug and Play Device Host manual
    Upload Manager automatic
    Utility Manager manual
    Volume Shadow Copy manual
    WebClient automatic
    Windows Audio automatic
    Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) manual
    Windows Installer manual
    Windows Management Instrumentation automatic
    Windows Time automatic
    Wireless Zero Configuration service automatic
    WMI Performance Adapter manual
    Workstation automatic

You can also find this on your own system within the help files:

    1. Goto the Start Menu
    2. Select Run
    3. Open services.msc and select OK
    4. Services will open. Select the Help Menu
    5. Select Help Topics
    6. The Help Window will open. Click the + sign beside Services
    7. Click the + sign beside Concepts
    8. Click Default settings for services
David Kirk
David Kirk
David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.


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