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Windows XP Services – Part 2

Friday, January 26th, 2007 by | Filed Under: Uncategorized
 
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Windows XP Services – Part 2

Are you ready for the second batch of Windows XP services? If you missed out on the first half of them, be sure to check out yesterday’s newsletter. There, you will see letters A through N and today, I’m going to go over letters P through Z (well, it only goes to W, but still!) Are you ready to learn? Then let’s go!

Performance Logs and Alerts: Collects performance data from local or remote computers based on preconfigured schedule parameters, then writes the data to a log or triggers an alert. If this service is stopped, performance information will not be collected. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Plug and Play: 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.

Portable Media Serial Number: Retrieves the serial number of any portable music player connected to your computer.

Print Spooler: Loads files to memory for later printing.

Protected Storage: Provides protected storage for sensitive data, such as private keys, to prevent access by unauthorized services, processes or users.

QoS RSVP: Provides network signaling and local traffic control set up functionality for QoS aware programs and control applets.

Remote Access Auto Connection Manager: Creates a connection to a remote network whenever a program references a remote DNS or NetBIOS name or address.

Remote Access Connection Manager: Creates a network connection.

Remote Desktop Help Session Manager: 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 dialogue box.

Remote Procedure Call (RPC): Provides the endpoint mapper and other miscellaneous RPC services.

Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator: Manages the RPC name service database.

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

Removable Storage: Manages, well, removable storage.

Routing and Remote Access: Offers routing services to businesses in local area and wide area network environments.

Secondary Logon: Enables starting processes under alternate credentials. If this service is stopped, this type of log on access will be unavailable. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Security Accounts Manager: Stores security information for local user accounts.

Server: Supports file, print and named-pipe sharing over the network for the computer. If this service is stopped, these functions will be unavailable. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Shell Hardware Detection: The best I can find is, this manages auto play of some devices.

Smart Card: Manages access to smart cards read by the computer. If this service is stopped, the computer will be unable to read smart cards. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Smart Card Helper: Enables support for legacy non-plug and play smart card readers used by the computer. If this service is stopped, the computer will not support the legacy reader. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

SSDP Discovery Service: Enables discovery of UPnP devices on your home network.

System Event Notification: Tracks system events, such as the Windows log on, network and power events. Notifies COM+ Event System subscribers of these events.

System Restore Service: Performs system restore functions. To stop service, turn off System Restore from the System Restore tab under My Computer, Properties.

Task Scheduler: Enables a user to configure and schedule automated tasks on the computer. If this service is stopped, these tasks will not be run at their scheduled times. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper: Enables support for NetBIOS over TCP/IP (NetBT) service and NetBIOS name resolution.

Telephony: Provides Telephony API (TAPI) support for programs that control telephony devices and IP based voice connections on the local computer and, through the LAN, on servers that are also running the service.

Terminal Services: Allows multiple users to be connected interactively to a machine, as well as, the display of desktops and applications to remote computers. The underpinning of Remote Desktop (including RD for administrators), Fast User Switching, Remote Assistance and Terminal Server.

Themes: Provides user experience theme management.

Uninterruptible Power Supply: Manages an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) connected to the computer.

Universal Plug and Play Device Host: Provides support to host Universal Plug and Play devices.

Upload Manager: Manages synchronous and asynchronous file transfers between clients and servers on the network. If this service is stopped, synchronous and asynchronous file transfers between clients and servers on the network will not occur. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Volume Shadow Copy: Manages and implements Volume Shadow Copies used for backup and other purposes. If this service is stopped, shadow copies will be unavailable for backup and the backup may fail. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

WebClient: Enables Windows based programs to create, access and modify Internet based files. If this service is stopped, these functions will not be available. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Windows Audio: Manages audio devices for Windows based programs. If this service is stopped, audio devices and effects will not function properly. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Windows Image Acquisition (WIA): Provides image acquisition services for scanners and cameras.

Windows Installer: Installs, repairs and removes software according to instructions contained in .MSI files.

Windows Management Instrumentation: Provides a common interface and object model to access management information about the operating system, devices, applications and services. If this service is stopped, most Windows based software will not function properly. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Windows Management Instrumentation Driver Extensions: Provides systems management information to and from drivers.

Windows Time: Maintains date and time synchronization on all clients and servers in the network. If this service is stopped, date and time synchronization will be unavailable. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Wireless Zero Configuration: Provides automatic configuration for the 802.11 adapters.

WMI Performance Adapter: Provides performance library information from WMI HiPerf providers.

Workstation: Creates and maintains client network connections to remote servers. If this service is stopped, these connections will be unavailable. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

There you have it. All of the XP services explained easily for you. I truly hope you all learned some interesting information from these tips. I know I even learned something by writing them. And that’s all that matters!

~ Ramachandran Kumaraswami

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