XP system services & functionalities– part 2!!!

Network Connections

Microsoft Description – Manages objects in the Network and Dial-Up Connections folder, in which you can view both local area network and remote connections.

Human Description – Controls your internet connection details basically.

If you want to use the internet it may be best to leave this setting to its default value of manual.

Recommended for home PC – Manual

Network DDE

Microsoft Description – Provides network transport and security for Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) for programs running on the same computer or on different computers. If this service is stopped, DDE transport and security will be unavailable. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Human Description – Makes use of programs that have the ability to use DDE.

More than likely you will never make use of this service. DDE functions are usually restricted to business applications.

Recommended for home PC – Disabled

Network DDE DSDM

Microsoft Description – Manages Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) network shares. If this service is stopped, DDE network shares will be unavailable. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Human Description – Related to Network DDE

More than likely you will never make use of this service. DDE functions are usually restricted to business applications.

Recommended for home PC – Disabled

Network Location Awareness (NLA)

Microsoft Description – Collects and stores network configuration and location information, and notifies applications when this information changes.

Human Description –

Perhaps useful (although not critical) if you are on a network as Windows will attempt to update the network lists with events such as logon/logoff. If you are not on a network then disable this service.

Recommended for home PC – Disabled

NT LM Security Support Provider

Microsoft Description – Provides security to remote procedure call (RPC) programs that use transports other than named pipes.

Human Description – Installation of some hardware requires usage of RPC.

Best leaving this setting to the default value of manual.

Recommended for home PC – Manual

NVIDIA Driver Helper Service

Microsoft Description –

Human Description – Provides help and support for NVIDIA graphics cards.

This is an optional service installed when NVIDIA detonator drivers are installed. Disabling this service seems to significantly reduce the time Windows XP takes to shut down.

Recommended for home PC – Disabled

Performance Logs and Alerts

Microsoft Description – Collects performance data from local or remote computers based on preconfigured schedule

Human Description –

Hardly useful for a home PC now is it? Unless they start assigning the equivalent of 3DMarks I doubt anyone is really interested.

Recommended for home PC – Disabled

Plug and Play

Microsoft Description – Enables a computer to recognize and adapt to hardware changes with little or no user input. Stopping or disabling this service will result in system instability.

Human Description –

Commonly referred to as Plug’n’Pray this service is perhaps one feature of Windows XP worth having.

Recommended for home PC – Automatic

Portable Media Serial Number

Microsoft Description – Retrieves the serial number of any portable music player connected to your computer

Human Description –

Quite possibly the most pointless and utterly useless service known to human kind. Why memory is allocated to the retrieval of a needless serial number from your MP3 player is beyond me and I’m sure it’s a joke.

Recommended for home PC – Disabled

Print Spooler

Microsoft Description – Loads files to memory for later printing.

Human Description –

With the advent of greater than 500MHz machines I doubt there will be much speed increase seen from loading files into memory for printing.
However after disabling this my printer would not work so thumbs up to MS for the vague description. Didn’t say it would stop you printing now did it…?

Recommended for home PC – Manual

Protected Storage

Microsoft Description – Provides protected storage for sensitive data, such as private keys, to prevent access by unauthorized services, processes, or users.

Human Description – Stop those 1337 h4X0)2 skr1p7 |

Trouble is, if they are already past your firewall you’ve had it anyway. Leave on Manual just in case. Its also used by IE to store passwords and Autocomplete. If you dont use IE, disable it.

Recommended for home PC – Manual

QoS RSVP

Microsoft Description – Provides network signaling and local traffic control setup functionality for QoS-aware programs and control applets.

Human Description – Quality Of Service – quite useful for services that use it

Used for network balancing and other nifty things to make “your internet experience as wonderful as possible”. Quite good then that this service eats 25% of your bandwidth doing it and hardly anything actually makes use of it.

Recommended for home PC – Disabled

Remote Access Auto Connection Manager

Microsoft Description – Creates a connection to a remote network whenever a program references a remote DNS or NetBIOS name or address.

Human Description – Makes use of embedded links in programs such as Office, also is used in autodial functions

Recommended for home PC – Manual

Remote Access Connection Manager

Microsoft Description – Creates a network connection.

Human Description – Involved in dial-up. (Digital connections aswell)

Leave as Manual. It usually starts anyway.

Recommended for home PC – Manual

Remote Desktop Help Session Manager

Microsoft Description – Manages and controls Remote Assistance. If this service is stopped, Remote Assistance will be unavailable. Before stopping this service, see the Dependencies tab of the Properties dialog box.

Human Description – Allows incoming Remote Desktop connections.

If you don’t use this feature of Windows XP (Remote Desktop) then disable this service.

Recommended for home PC – Disable

Remote Procedure Call (RPC)

Microsoft Description – Provides the endpoint mapper and other miscellaneous RPC services.

Human Description – Needed for some installations

nice vague Microsoft description. Leave as manual.

Recommended for home PC – Manual

Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator

Microsoft Description – Manages the RPC name service database.

Human Description – Related to Remote Procedure Call (RPC)

nice vague Microsoft description. Leave as manual.

Recommended for home PC – Manual

Remote Registry

Microsoft Description – Enables remote users to modify registry settings on this computer. If this service is stopped, the registry can be modified only by users on this computer. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Human Description – Allow people to modify local registry settings via remote desktop or similar.

Possibly one of the biggest security holes that I am suprised nobody has yet exploited. Allowing your registry to be edited remotely? Come on….

Recommended for home PC – Disabled

Removable Storage

Microsoft Description –

Human Description – Zip Drives, USB pens etc…

May aswell leave to manual.

Recommended for home PC – Manual

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