Category: Windows 7 / Win7

Disable IPv6 imaginary tunnel network interfaces

IPv6 network tunnel interfaces makes you open for network attacks, and introduces an overhead.

Encrypted backup to OneDrive or DropBox

Create removable encrypted hard-disk-image, and use that for Windows Backup.

Facebook chat password for external application

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Configure initial congestion window to speed up TCP slow start

Description of how TCP slow start can introduce latency for short living and long living TCP connections.

Create Windows 7 System Repair disk on USB stick

How to create a bootable Windows 7 System Repair disc on an USB pen drive.

Turn a computer into a WIFI hotspot

How to create a wireless network between two computers without needing a wireless router.

Credential Manager Service

Description and recommended settings for the Credential Manager Service (VaultSvc).

Use process affinity to lock application to a single core

Applications optimized to run on single CPU systems, will perform worse on multi CPU systems.

Disable the MSDOS and Win16 subsystem

For security measures then one should consider disabling the ability to launch the 16 bit subsystem.

Activate ACHI to enable Native Command Queuing

Native Command Queuing (NCQ) can improve hard disk performance, as it optimizes the order to execute read and write commands.

Installing NTBackup on Windows 7 / 2008 R2

Windows 7 / 2008 R2 does not include the NtBackup utility by default.

Troubleshoot problems with entering sleep mode

Diagnose what is preventing your computer from entering sleep mode, or wakes it prematurely.

Perform clean install using Windows 7 upgrade

Install Windows 7 using only the upgrade DVD without needing to install it twice.

Disable the blur-effect of the glass window border

How to disable blurring of windows in the background, and get full clear glass transparency.

Software Protection

Description and recommended settings for the Software Protection service.

WWAN AutoConfig

Description and recommended settings for the WWAN AutoConfig Service.

Windows Biometric Service

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Biometric Service.

Configure the taskbar in Windows 7

Windows 7 introduces a new taskbar design (aka. superbar), that should make it easier to keep track of applications.

Storage Service

Description and recommended settings for the Storage Service.

SPP Notification Service

Description and recommended settings for the SPP Notification Service.

RPC Endpoint Mapper

Description and recommended settings for the RPC Endpoint Mapper service.

Remote Desktop Services UserMode Port Redirector

Description and recommended settings for the Remote Desktop Services UserMode Port Redirector service.

Remote Desktop Services

Description and recommended settings for the Remote Desktop Services.

Remote Desktop Configuration

Description and recommended settings for the Remote Desktop Configuration service (RDCS).

Power

Description and recommended settings for the Power service.

HomeGroup Provider

Description and recommended settings for the HomeGroup Provider service.

HomeGroup Listener

Description and recommended settings for the HomeGroup Listener service.

Encrypting File System (EFS)

Description and recommended settings for the Encrypting File System (EFS) service.

Disk Defragmenter - Optimize Drives

Description and recommended settings for the Disk Defragmenter/Optimize Drives Service.

BranchCache

Description and recommended settings for the BranchCache Service.

Bluetooth Support Service

Description and recommended settings for the Bluetooth Support Service.

BitLocker Drive Encryption Service

Description and recommended settings for the BitLocker Drive Encryption Service.

Application Identity

Description and recommended settings for the Application Identity Service.

Adaptive Brightness

Description and recommended settings for the Adaptive Brightness service.

ActiveX Installer (AxInstSV)

Description and recommended settings for the ActiveX Installer (AxInstSV) service.

Disable search history for Windows Explorer in Windows 7

Stop auto suggestion of recent file searches in the Windows Explorer search box.

Compound TCP (CTCP) can speed up TCP Slow Start

Compound TCP (CTCP) can improve the throughput for high bandwidth and high latency connections, by improving TCP slow start.

Activate support for Explicit Congestion Notification (ECN)

Explicit Congestion Notification improves congestion handling for the TCP/IP protocol.

All Tasks can be accessed through a special Control Panel

The All Tasks folder gives a quick overview of all the options available in the Control Panel.

Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol Service

Description and recommended settings for the Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol service.

NDIS 6 hardware features that increases network performance

Windows can activate NDIS 6 network hardware features for offloading the system processor.

Restore boot manager when it is missing or compressed

Windows Vista will fail to boot if it cannot find the files used to load the boot manager.

Defrag command line switches

List of the available command line switches for defrag.

WLAN AutoConfig

Description and recommended settings for the WLAN AutoConfig service.

Windows Search

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Search service.

Windows Remote Management (WS-Management)

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Remote Management (WS-Management) service.

Windows Presentation Foundation Font Cache

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Presentation Foundation Font Cache service.

Windows Modules Installer

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Modules Installer service.

Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service.

Windows Media Center Scheduler Service

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Media Center Scheduler Service.

Windows Media Center Receiver Service

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Media Center Receiver Service.

Windows Media Center Extender Service

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Media Center Extender Service.

Windows Firewall

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Firewall service.

Windows Event Collector

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Event Collector service.

Windows Error Reporting Service

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Error Reporting Service service.

Windows Driver Foundation - User-mode Driver Framework

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Driver Foundation - User-mode Driver Framework service.

Windows Defender

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Defender service.

Windows Connect Now - Config Registrar

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Connect Now - Config Registrar service.

Windows Color System

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Color System service.

Windows CardSpace

Description and recommended settings for the Windows CardSpace service.

Windows Backup

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Backup service.

Windows Audio Endpoint Builder

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Audio Endpoint Builder service.

TPM Base Services

Description and recommended settings for the TPM Base Services.

Thread Ordering Server

Description and recommended settings for the Thread Ordering Server service.

Tablet PC Input Service

Description and recommended settings for the Tablet PC Input Service.

Superfetch

Description and recommended settings for the Superfetch service.

SNMP Trap

Description and recommended settings for the SNMP Trap service.

Smart Card Removal Policy

Description and recommended settings for the Smart Card Removal Policy service.

Quality Windows Audio Video Experience

Description and recommended settings for the Quality Windows Audio Video Experience service.

Problem Reports and Solutions Control Panel Support

Description and recommended settings for the Problem Reports and Solutions Control Panel Support service.

Portable Device Enumerator Service

Description and recommended settings for the Portable Device Enumerator Service.

PNRP Machine Name Publication Service

Description and recommended settings for the PNRP Machine Name Publication Service.

PnP-X IP Bus Enumerator

Description and recommended settings for the PnP-X IP Bus Enumerator service.

Performance Logs & Alerts

Description and recommended settings for the Performance Logs & Alerts service.

Peer Networking Identity Manager

Description and recommended settings for the Peer Networking Identity Manager service.

Peer Networking Grouping

Description and recommended settings for the Peer Networking Grouping service.

Peer Name Resolution Protocol

Description and recommended settings for the Peer Name Resolution Protocol service.

Parental Controls

Description and recommended settings for the Parental Controls service.

Offline Files

Description and recommended settings for the Offline Files service.

Network Store Interface Service

Description and recommended settings for the Network Store Interface Service.

Network List Service

Description and recommended settings for the Network List Service.

Network Access Protection Agent

Description and recommended settings for the Network Access Protection Agent service (also called Quarantine Agent).

Net.Tcp Port Sharing Service

Description and recommended settings for the Net.Tcp Port Sharing Service.

Multimedia Class Scheduler

Description and recommended settings for the Multimedia Class Scheduler service.

Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service

Description and recommended settings for the Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service.

Microsoft .NET Framework NGEN

Description and recommended settings for the Microsoft .NET Framework NGEN service.

Link-Layer Topology Discovery Mapper

Description and recommended settings for the Link-Layer Topology Discovery Mapper service.

IP Helper

Description and recommended settings for the IP Helper service.

KtmRm for Distributed Transaction Coordinator

Description and recommended settings for the KtmRm for Distributed Transaction Coordinator service.

Interactive Services Detection

Description and recommended settings for the Interactive Services Detection service.

IKE and AuthIP IPsec Keying Modules

Description and recommended settings for the IKE and AuthIP IPsec Keying Modules service.

Health Key and Certificate Management

Description and recommended settings for the Health Key and Certificate Management service.

Group Policy Client

Description and recommended settings for the Group Policy Client service.

Function Discovery Resource Publication

Description and recommended settings for the Function Discovery Resource Publication service.

Function Discovery Provider Host

Description and recommended settings for the Function Discovery Provider Host service.

Extensible Authentication Protocol

Description and recommended settings for the Extensible Authentication Protocol service.

Diagnostic Service Host

Description and recommended settings for the Diagnostic Service Host service.

Diagnostic System Host

Description and recommended settings for the Diagnostic System Host service.

Diagnostic Policy Service

Description and recommended settings for the Diagnostic Policy Service.

Desktop Window Manager Session Manager

Description and recommended settings for the Desktop Window Manager Session Manager service.

CNG Key Isolation

Description and recommended settings for the CNG Key Isolation service.

Certificate Propagation

Description and recommended settings for the Certificate Propagation service.

Block Level Backup Engine Service

Description and recommended settings for the Block Level Backup Engine service.

Base Filtering Engine

Description and recommended settings for the Base Filtering Engine (BFE) service.

Application Experience

Description and recommended settings for the Application Experience service.

Wired AutoConfig

Description and recommended settings for the Wired AutoConfig service.

Configure TCPIP Max Transfer Unit (MTU) size

Changing the Max Transfer Unit (MTU) to avoid packet fragmentation and connection loss.

TCP/IP RWIN Auto-Tuning can slow down network

Not all network routers supports the tcpip receive window scaling flag used by Windows Vista.

Security Center

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Security Center service (WSCSVC).

DCOM Server Process Launcher

Description and recommended settings for the DCOM Server Process Launcher service.

Virtual Disk Service (VDS)

Description and recommended settings for the Virtual Disk service.

WinHTTP Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Service

Description and recommended settings for the WinHTTP Web Proxy Auto Discovery service.

The TCPIP nagle algorithm can slow down network

Description of the nagle algorithm effects on the network throughput, and how to configure the delayed ACK.

Monitor system performane and system health

CPU core temperature monitoring utilities, that can give alerts if things gets too hot.

WMI Performance Adapter

Description and recommended settings for the WMI Performance Adapter service.

Application Layer Gateway

Description and recommended settings for the Application Layer Gateway service.

Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Image Acquisition service.

Windows Audio

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Audio service.

WebClient

Description and recommended settings for the WebClient service.

Volume Shadow Copy

Description and recommended settings for the Volume Shadow Copy service.

Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) Device Host

Description and recommended settings for the Universal Plug and Play Device Host service.

Themes Service

Description and recommended settings for the Themes service.

SSDP Discovery Service

Description and recommended settings for the SSDP Discovery service.

Shell Hardware Detection

Description and recommended settings for the Shell Hardware Detection service.

Network Location Awareness

Description and recommended settings for the Network Location Awareness service.

MS Software Shadow Copy Provider

Description and recommended settings for the MS Software Shadow Copy Provider service.

Human Interface Device Access / HID Input Service

Description and recommended settings for the Human Interface Device Access service.

Cryptographic Services

Description and recommended settings for the Cryptographic services.

COM+ System Application Service

Description and recommended settings for the COM+ System Application service.

Uninstall ghost devices or services using the Device Manager

Description of ghost devices and how they can be removed in safemode.

Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS)

Description and recommended settings for the Background Intelligent Transfer service.

Windows Update / Automatic Updates

Description and recommended settings for the Automatic Updates service.

Make screendump of the desktop using Print Screen

How to use the keyboard key "Print Screen" to make a screen dump.

Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Management Instrumentation service.

Windows Installer

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Installer service.

Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)

Description and recommended settings for the Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) service.

Smart Card

Description and recommended settings for the Smart Card service.

Remote Access Connection Manager

Description and recommended settings for the Remote Access Connection Manager service.

Remote Access Auto Connection Manager

Description and recommended settings for the Remote Access Auto Connection Manager service.

RunAs Service / Secondary Logon

Description and recommended settings for the Secondary Logon service.

Routing and Remote Access Service (RRAS)

Description and recommended settings for the Routing and Remote Access service.

Network Connections

Description and recommended settings for the Network Connections service.

Remote Registry Service

Description and recommended settings for the Remote Registry service.

IPSEC Policy Agent

Description and recommended settings for the IPSEC services.

Application Management

Description and recommended settings for the Application Management service.

DNS Client

Description and recommended settings for the DNS Client service.

Distributed Transaction Coordinator

Description and recommended settings for the Distributed Transaction Coordinator service.

Distributed Link Tracking Client

Description and recommended settings for the Distributed Link Tracking Client service.

DHCP Client

Description and recommended settings for the DHCP Client service.

COM+ Event System

Description and recommended settings for the COM+ Event System service.

Windows Time

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Time service.

Telephony

Description and recommended settings for the Telephony service.

TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Service

Description and recommended settings for the TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper service.

System Event Notification

Description and recommended settings for the System Event Notification service (SENS).

Server

Description and recommended settings for the Server service.

Security Accounts Manager (SAM)

Description and recommended settings for the Security Accounts Manager service.

Remote Procedure Call (RPC)

Description and recommended settings for the Remote Procedure Call service.

Task Scheduler

Description and recommended settings for the Task Scheduler service.

Protected Storage

Description and recommended settings for the Protected Storage service.

Print Spooler

Description and recommended settings for the Print Spooler service.

Plug and Play

Description and recommended settings for the Plug and Play service.

NET Logon

Description and recommended settings for the NET Logon service.

Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator

Description and recommended settings for the Remote Procedure Call Locator service.

Windows Event Log

Description and recommended settings for the Event Log service.

Computer Browser

Description and recommended settings for the Computer Browser service.

Workstation

Description and recommended settings for the Workstation service.

FAX

Description and recommended settings for the FAX service.