List Of Windows Services That Can Be Safely Disabled

Windows Services are executable programs that run constantly in the background and perform specific functions on their own. Users with administrator privileges can choose a default startup behavior for these services. For instance, they can be set to start at system boot, paused and restarted whenever required, or simply disabled. While some services come with the operating system by default, at times different third party software also add their own services. While leaving the services running in the background allows certain tools and utilities to function better, disabling the ones you don't need can also increase the performance of your system. In what follows, we'll guide you through the process of starting, stopping and disabling Windows Services. Read More

Service Trigger Editor Allows You To Add Custom Events For Background Processes

Windows 8 launch is just around the corner, but we still love many ravishing features introduced by its predecessor, Windows 7. One advance feature at the very heart of Microsoft’s decades old operating system is Windows Services. This component allows certain applications to execute automatically with little to no user intervention. As such, applications that run in the background and auto start even before a user logs into the Windows, keep running even if the service is no longer required and persistently use system resources. Windows 7 changed all that, and introduced with it a feature called Service Triggers. This feature enables Windows Services to start and stop the processes when conditions permit, which is controlled by triggers. The folks over at Redmond implemented Event Mechanism, which means instead of running continuously, a service can be easily turned on and off via those triggers. Should you require to add and remove custom Service Triggers or manage the existing ones, Service Trigger Editor is worth giving a shot. This portable application doesn’t need any sophisticated installation and runs directly from its executable file. Do keep in mind that the application asks for administrative access upon launch. Read More

Smart Analysis Of Windows Local Services For Malware, Rootkits & More

Windows default services and those started by other third party applications have Local System privileges. It enables them to perform operations of higher priority that cannot be executed by normal processes. Due to this, malware is sometimes able to keep itself running as services taking advantage of the higher privileges for controlling the target system. Advanced Windows Service Manager is an application for Windows that allows you to monitor and analyze your running Windows Services. The application offers some very good features which are not available in the default Services manager of Windows. Some of the features included are detection of Malicious/ Rootkit services, Automatic threat analysis, Service filter mechanism, Integrated online Virus/ Malware Scan, Color based threat representation and HTML/ XML based service reports. Keep reading to find out more about Advanced Windows Service Manager. Read More

ServiceTray: Get Start/Stop Alerts For Any Windows Service & Monitor Its CPU/RAM Usage

If you’re using an application on Windows that requires a special service to run and perform the required operations, then you may want to monitor the service as long as you use that application or Windows is running. In contrast to an application, Windows service is basically a program which is designed to run silently in background without any user’s interference. Therefore, it becomes quite tedious to open Windows Task Manger just to check whether a specific service is running or not. ServiceTray is a miniscule application that operates from system tray, allowing users to keep an eye on specified service all the time. Not only does it keep you updated with current status of service, it also lets you start/restart and stop the service from system tray with a few clicks. Read More

Windows Service Monitor: Audit Running Services Of Upto 3 Servers

Free Windows Service Monitor is an application for monitoring and managing Windows Services from remote location. While it provides the option to monitor Windows services that are running on a particular system on a network, you can also use it to manage and keep a tab on Exchange Server, SharePoint, MySQL, MS SQL and DHCP services.  Unlike other remote service monitoring application, it lets you add upto 3 servers, so you can collectively monitor their services under one hood. Read More

Vista Services Optimizer: Manage Windows Services To Speed Up PC

When optimizing Windows to acquire smooth performance, it is necessary to configure Windows services in order to manage the execution of backend services according to user requirement. Vista Services Optimizer is an open source Windows services’ optimization utility for Windows Vista and Windows 7, which enables you to adjust and tweak your Windows services within an easy-to-use GUI. This application provides a comprehensive set of options to automate the execution and halt of Windows services, thus better suiting the needs of all kinds of users, including generic users, gamers, network administrators and others of the like. Read More

Configure And Sort Windows Services Easily With Turbo Service Manager

Windows services perform important system functions without the need of user intervention to keep the operating system and its components functional. These services can be manually disabled, paused, started and resumed from the Windows Services console. While most users simply do not alter the state of running services, it can be sometimes necessary to enable/disable some services. For example, the Windows Server 2008 requires the manual activation of Themes services (after installing Desktop Experience) to enable the Aero effect. Turbo Service Manager is a portable application which helps in easily configuring Windows services. Read More

Manage Windows Services From Multiple Computers With Services Monitor

It is often necessary to start and stop numerous services on servers to perform a routine task or after installing a Windows feature. For example, to give Windows Server 2008 the Aero effect, Desktop Enhancements must be installed, after which the Themes service needs to be started. Services Monitor is a tool for  managing Windows Services from multiple computers simultaneously.  You can add/remove services and start, stop or restart them with the time polling feature. In other words, you can choose a time frame to start, stop or restart selected Windows Services. Hence, Windows Services can be remotely controlled from several servers and workstations across a network, with centralized management. Read More

How To Start / Stop Windows Home Server 2011 Services

Many services in Windows based services are not active be default. For instance in Windows Server 2008 R2, the themes service is not active by default which deprives it from the Aero glass look. To see how to start this service you can see our post here. Since Windows Home Server 2011 is based on Windows Server 2008 R2, therefore, activation and deactivation of its services is quite similar to the former. In this post we will tell you how to start/stop services in Vail. Read More

StartupPanel: Manage Windows Startup Folder, Registry, Services

Some applications that start with Windows Startup reside in the Startup Folder, while most of them reside in the registry. To access the startup folder you need to first find it from the All Programs menu inside the Start menu. To access the Startup Registry keys you need to head over to the Startup tab inside the System Configuration Window. Accessing Windows Services is another story of it’s own. Read More

Windows 7 Services Optimizer

SMART, not to get confused with S.M.A.R.T Technology which is included in hard drives, is a free utility which makes optimizing the Windows Services easier and is based on BlackViper’s suggested configurations. Read More

Understanding Trigger Start Services In Windows 7

The Trigger Start Services concept is brand new in Windows 7. You are probably already familiar with Windows Services, but the trigger start services behave differently than the other regular windows services, as they are not running all the time, rather they run as the result of any trigger. Read More

Get Complete Control Over Windows System Services – Service Manager Plus

Most ordinary users know that Windows Services are simply services running in the background that take care of most of the system operation. They can control some basic services simply by hitting Ctrl+Shift+Esc and then clicking the Services tab. But what about advanced users like Programmers, System Admins, and Software Designers who want full control over their system services?

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Get Full Control Over Windows Services With SrvMan

So you want to perform common tasks related to Windows services such as create new services, delete existing services, or change service configuration without restarting the system? SrvMan can help. It is a small useful portable utility that comes with both Graphical Interface and Command Line mode. It can create both Win32 and Legacy Driver services. According to the developer, it can also be used to run arbitrary Win32 applications as services (when such service is stopped, main application window is closed automatically). Read More