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No Need for That in Vista

Friday, September 14th, 2007 by | Filed Under: System Tune-Up Help
 
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Q:
I just recently started using Windows Vista and I’ve noticed that there are some programs running that don’t really need to be, but I can’t figure out how to turn them off. I know you’ve discussed this topic for Windows XP before, but how do we do it in Vista? Please help!

A:
To begin, all computers have what are called services and those are basically special programs that take care of all the different functions your computer has to deal with in order to run properly. Some of those services are put in place to support some of the other programs on your computer, but in reality, a lot of them are unnecessary. Some of them sort of just sit there and take up space, which is quite annoying when you think about it. I’m sure Microsoft had good reasoning for putting those services in place, but when it comes down to it, you don’t really need all of them running all the time. I mean, most of them run the entire time you have your computer turned on and that’s just not necessary!

So, if you think there are some services running on your computer that you don’t really need (like the person who asked this question), luckily, there is an easy way to turn them off. Windows Vista has a utility called the Microsoft Management Console (MMC), which is what you can use to turn off all those unwanted services.

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To open the MMC, click on the Start button and in the search box below it, type in “services.msc.” When your results show up, scroll through and click on the one that simply says Services. A new window (it’s called the Service Console) will then open for you and you will be able to see all of the services you have running at the present time.

As you can see, the Service Console gives you a lot of information about each service. It also allows you to sort through the services by the titles of Description, Status and Startup Type. If you want to learn more about a specific service, just click on it and a detailed description will then pop up on the left hand side that you can read through. (Note: In order to see the description, you need to be in the Extended mode, so keep that in mind!)

I highly suggest that you read through each of the services before you start closing them down. Like I said before, some of these services support other programs on your computer that you may use on a regular basis, so you’ll definitely want to do your homework on each one before you disable them. You may even want to do a little further research on the ones you’re not 100 percent positive about, just to be sure you’re disabling the right services, etc. Then once you’ve decided which ones you don’t need, just simply right click on the service name and hit Stop.

That’s all there is to it. It’s a pretty easy process to go through thanks to the MMC, so just take your time and be sure you’re turning off what you really want to. If you do that, you’ll be good to go from now on!

~ Erin

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