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    Re: Internet Connection

    Remote Registry Service....diable that sucker!! All it is for you is a glaring security hole. It's intended for network administration.

    You may want to pop over to http://www.blkviper.com/WinXP/service411.htm for a look at what some of the services are. This guy took the time to document it in plain English.

    If you don't have the others running, it's a non-issue - I thought that perhaps the patch you applied could be worked around by disabling the requisite service. Back to the drawing board!
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    Re: Internet Connection

    Mark,

    I came back to edit my previous post but saw you had already sent an answer. I wanted to let you know that my original problem of having to reboot to either get the Internet connection or my Outlook working is happening more frequently today. I just had to reboot to get Outlook working properly again immediately after posting my previous post.

    Remote Registry, do you mean to
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    Windows XP Services

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    If I am looking in the correct place
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    Re: Internet Connection

    I moved this thread since it has become more a discussion about services and deserved its own space.

    Disabling the Remote Registry service will not cause problems in home use. Unless you want to access the registry of the XP machine from somewhere else on your home LAN, it isn't needed. This service allows administrators of NT networks to make changes from their desks. It's also an obvious and glaring target for a security exploit.

    I have disabled several services that were non-essential on my desktop PC with no ill side effects. That's what setting them to manual is great for. If the service starts again after a reboot and some use, I leave it alone. But there are some that you will never need, and freeing the memory consumed by these can be substantial. I've always felt Windows came out of the box ready for a marketing demo....it could do anything but wasn't necessarily fast about it.
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    Re: Internet Connection

    Mark,

    Thanks for keeping me informed. I printed out the entire list of services that you gave me the link (blkviper
    H Lewton

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    Re: Internet Connection

    Sorry about the delay getting back to you on this.

    I think the Services 411 at BlkViper's site is well done and has a lot of good recommendations. I've also attached an Excel spreadsheet that lists which services I have disabled on my home desktop.

    Generally, I trim these services down by setting them to manual, rebooting, and using the PC for a few days. I then go back into the services applet and disable the ones that have not started, provided I have a reasonable idea of what the service is for.

    Keep in mind that XP Pro is built on Windows 2000, and as such has a lot of services that are intended for corporate networking flexibility. It also loads on some garbage for maximum compatibility, such as UPnP - I've yet to see where UPnP has done anyone a lick of good since it's not widely used (if at all).

    If you're at home and don't have a wireless network, definitely lose the following:

    Alerter
    Distributed Link Tracking Client
    Messenger
    IPSEC
    Portable Media Serial Number
    QoS RSVP
    Remote Registry
    SSDP Discovery Service
    Universal Plug and Play Device Host
    Wireless Zero Configuration

    Your mileage will vary, and you may also see some listed that aren't in the "usual" list.
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    Re: Internet Connection

    Mark,

    Thanks for the spreadsheet. I was in the process of trying to set everything that I understood to what Services 411 at BlkViper's site suggests. Between his site and your spreadsheet and advice I should be able to come up with a fairly good setup.

    Many thanks.
    H Lewton

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    Re: Internet Connection

    Mark,

    I have finally gotten through the entire list of services and have followed both yours and blkviper
    H Lewton

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    Re: Internet Connection

    I'll do my best to explain.... <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Human Interface Device Access
    I have it disabled on my PC. I use a Microsoft Internet keyboard and also a mouse with extra buttons. Oh, yes, and my USB scanner has a one-touch button. Without this service, I have not lost this functionality. I believe its purpose is to allow these devices to use one point of access for all their functions - blah. Try stopping it and see if anything you have uses it - I bet it doesn't.

    IPSEC Services
    IP Security - at home, I have no need for this service, and it never starts when set to manual either. It's only useful for networks that have IPSEC enabled policies, and if they do, you probably aren't going to be fiddling with services because they're going to lock you out. I would imagine nearly everyone could disable this and never have a regret. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    Logical Disk Manager
    This service is used on my local PC due to my disk configuration. I have four IDE devices and a hard drive that is partitioned out the bazoo (OK, not the much, but still.....) so this is required. Besides, the key difference between my use of it and the info on BlkViper's website is that he appears to be going for the ultimate pruning for gaming reasons, and I do very little of that here. Not to mention this doesn't put that much of a dent in system resources and disabling it could cause more problems - the cure is worse than the disease kind of thing.

    If it's questionable, leave it alone - you can always set these things to manual and see what they do on their own.
    -Mark

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    Re: Internet Connection

    Mark,

    Thanks, I will give all your suggestions a try.

    My concern with Logical Disk Manager was that I have 1 hard drive partitioned into 4 - 20 Gig partitions. My computer came setup to use the NTSF file system on each partition, which I am totally unfamiliar with so I was a little leery of the Logical Disk Manager.

    Again, thanks for all your help.
    H Lewton

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