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    System Configuration Utility

    When I open the System Configuration Utility and look at the Services list. How do I determine which of these should be running and which can be stopped?

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    1yioi87,

    You can check out the Black Viper site. This site has information on different services configurations. I have used it in the past and found it very useful.
    Here's a link to the Win 8 Info.
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    It should be noted that in 2005, and possibly subsequently, Ed Bott described the Black Viper website as
    "infamous and notoriously inaccurate".

    I cannot find anything which says his opinion has changed one way or the other since then, with the coming of Windows Vista, Windows 7...

    Personally, I would leave services alone, since if they are unused, they disappear into the background and use almost no resource.
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    This one is far better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1yioi87 View Post
    When I open the System Configuration Utility and look at the Services list. How do I determine which of these should be running and which can be stopped?
    It'll be a combination of things, first and foremost will be knowing what's exactly running on your system.
    And if you don't, Google is still a good search engine to use to find answers.

    Avoid using MSCONFIG to stop services, stopping start-up processes in MSCONFIG are fine.
    For services go to the run box and enter "services.msc"


    The reason is because with msconfig and Hardware Profiles, you can disable services that may be vital to boot your system. With the management console (services.msc) you cannot. Also, msconfig, while unchecking the box, is disabling the service. Black Viper
    I fully agree with curtailing some services, but it should be done intelligently, with full knowledge of any potential complications or trade offs
    in functionality.
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