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Windows 2003 Services Guide
To access the service configuration: A service has 3 basic startup states :
  • Disabled : The service will not be loaded (Some programs stops working, won't take memory, and quick boot time)
  • Manual : The service will be loaded on demand (Slow program start, will take memory when needed, and quick boot time)
  • Automatic : The service is loaded at boot time (Fast program start, will take memory, and slow boot time)
Explanation of recommendations:
  • Recommended: For users who prefers things safe and easy
  • Trimmed: For users who prefers only to have the most necessary started at the expense of manual maintenance and backup
Comments for recommendations (* = Recommendation divert from "default" state):
  • Lock: Increases security by disabling vulnerable features.
  • Trim: Lessens CPU/RAM usage on the expense of loosing special features.
  • Care: Enables Windows Self Maintenance, so it can take better care of it self.
  • DUN (Dial Up Networking): Enables Internet access through a dialup connection like Phone-, ISDN-, Cable- modem (internal or external).
  • Net (Network): Enables Internet access and filesharing via the network adapter to a hub, switch, router or another machine. The network is a simple one at home, without Domain Controller, Virtual Private Network or Internet Connection Sharing.

Select recommendation:


Service Default Recommended Trimmed
Alerter Disabled Disabled (Lock) Disabled (Lock)
Application Layer Gateway Manual Manual (Care) Disabled *(Trim)
Application Management Manual Manual Manual
Automatic Updates Automatic Automatic (Care) Disabled *(Trim)
Background Intelligent Transfer Manual Manual (Care) Disabled *(Trim)
Clipbook Disabled Disabled (Lock) Disabled (Lock)
Computer Browser Automatic Automatic (Net) Disabled *(Trim)
COM+ Event System Manual Manual Manual
COM+ System Application Manual Manual Manual
Cryptographic Services Automatic Automatic (Care) Manual *(Trim)
DCOM Server Process Launcher Automatic Automatic Automatic
DHCP Client Automatic Automatic (Net) Disabled *(Trim)
Distributed File System Automatic Disabled *(Trim) Disabled *(Trim)
Distributed Link Tracking Client Automatic Disabled *(Trim) Disabled *(Trim)
Distributed Link Tracking Server Disabled Disabled (Trim) Disabled (Trim)
Distributed Transaction Coordinator Manual Manual Manual
DNS Client Automatic Automatic (Net) Disabled *(Trim)
Error Reporting Service Automatic Disabled *(Trim) Disabled *(Trim)
Event Log Automatic Automatic Automatic
Fax Service Manual Manual Manual
File Replication Manual Manual Manual
Help and Support Automatic Automatic (Care) Disabled *(Trim)
HTTP SSL Manual Manual Manual
Human Interface Device Access Disabled Disabled Disabled
IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service Disabled Disabled Disabled
Indexing Service Manual Disabled *(Trim) Disabled *(Trim)
Intersite Messaging Disabled Disabled Disabled
IPSEC Services Automatic Manual *(Trim) Manual *(Trim)
Keberos Key Distribution Center Disabled Disabled Disabled
License Logging Service Disabled Disabled Disabled
Logical Disk Manager Automatic Automatic Automatic
Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service Manual Manual Manual
Messenger Disabled Disabled (Lock) Disabled (Lock)
MS Software Shadow Copy Provider Manual Manual Manual
NET Logon Manual Manual Manual
Netmeeting Remote Desktop Sharing Manual Disabled *(Lock) Disabled *(Lock)
Network Connections Manual Manual Manual
Network DDE Disabled Disabled (Lock) Disabled (Lock)
Network DDE DSDM Disabled Disabled (Lock) Disabled (Lock)
Network Location Awareness Manual Manual Manual
Network Provisioning Service Unknown Unknown Unknown
NT LM Security Support Provider Manual Manual Manual
Performance Logs and Alerts Manual Manual Manual
Plug and Play Automatic Automatic Automatic
Portable Media Serial Number Service Manual Manual Manual
Print Spooler Automatic Automatic Disabled *(Trim)
Protected Storage Automatic Automatic Automatic
Remote Access Auto Connection Manager Manual Manual (DUN) Disabled *
Remote Access Connection Manager Manual Manual (DUN) Disabled *
Remote Administration Service Automatic Disabled *(Lock) Disabled *(Lock)
Remote Desktop Help Session Manager Manual Disabled *(Lock) Disabled *(Lock)
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Automatic Automatic Automatic
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator Manual Manual Manual
Remote Registry Service Automatic Disabled *(Lock) Disabled *(Lock)
Remote Server Manager Automatic Disabled *(Lock) Disabled *(Lock)
Resultant Set of Policy Provider Manual Manual Manual
Routing and Remote Access Disabled Disabled (Lock) Disabled (Lock)
Secondary Logon Automatic Manual *(Trim) Manual *(Trim)
Security Accounts Manager Automatic Automatic Automatic
Server Automatic Automatic (Net) Disabled *(Trim)
Shell Hardware Detection Automatic Automatic Disabled *(Trim)
Smart Card Manual Manual Manual
Special Administration Console Helper Manual Manual Manual
System Event Notification Automatic Automatic Automatic
Task Scheduler Automatic Automatic (Care) Disabled *(Trim)
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Service Automatic Disabled *(Trim) Disabled *(Trim)
Telephony Manual Manual (DUN) Disabled *(Trim)
Telnet Manual Disabled *(Lock) Disabled *(Lock)
Terminal Services Manual Disabled *(Lock) Disabled *(Lock)
Terminal Services Licensing Automatic Disabled *(Trim) Disabled *(Trim)
Terminal Services Session Directory Disabled Disabled Disabled
Themes Disabled Automatic * Disabled (Trim)
Uninterruptible Power Supply Manual Manual Manual
Upload Manager Manual Manual Manual
Virtual Disk Service Manual Manual Manual
Volume Shadow Copy Manual Manual Manual
WebClient Automatic Disabled *(Trim) Disabled *(Trim)
Windows Audio Automatic Automatic Automatic
Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) Disabled Automatic *(Care) Disabled (Trim)
Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) Disabled Disabled Disabled
Windows Installer Manual Manual Manual
Windows Management Instrumentation Automatic Automatic Automatic
Windows Management Instrumentation Driver Extentions Manual Manual Manual
Windows Time Automatic Disabled *(Trim) Disabled *(Trim)
WinHTTP Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Service Manual Manual Manual
Wireless Zero Configuration Automatic Automatic (Net) Disabled *(Trim)
WMI Performance Adapter Manual Manual Manual
Workstation Automatic Automatic (Net) Disabled *(Trim)
Application Experience Pending Pending Pending
Removable Storage Manager (RSM) Pending Pending Pending
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