Windows Service: What Is Windows Service, How to Stop It or Let It Run?

What Is a Windows Service And How To Stop It
What Is a Windows Service And How To Stop It

What is a Windows Service?

Example: After open/play any video, you just watch the video. You don’t manage how the video is playing, how sound is coming from the speakers, how the colors are displaying on screen etc. Your computer manages these all things on behalf of you using windows service. To function your computer properly, there are number of windows services are developed by Microsoft. These services start whenever your computer starts and runs in the background.
Basically, A Windows Service is a kind of System Program in Windows. Windows Service is a wide variety of functions. Using services.msc you can find all of the services installed in your pc. You can also configure these services by yourself. Like to start / stop / restart / pause / resume a service. So, Windows Service are not an any kind of Virus. It’s a very important part of any device running on Windows. Services.msc is an extremely valuable tool to work with. It is very user friendly  and you can manage wide range of services on local and remote computers.    

Why Should You Stop Useless Windows Service?

User has nothing to do with these services. But there are some services, which are useless for user. These services eats up your computers memory and can make slow down your computer. We can stop these services and can increase computer’s performance. If one service is useless for any user then

How to Open Windows Services Application Using Run box?

Step-1: Press Windows Key + R from your keyboard. It will open Run box.

Step-2: Type services.msc in the Text field and Click on OK. Wait until next window to open.

How To Open Windows Services Application Using Start Menu
How To Open Windows Services Application Using Run box

How to Open Windows Services Application Using Control Panel?

Step-1: Click on the Start button and choose Control Panel.

Step-2: In the window that comes up, type services in the search box in the upper right to filter the contents.

How to Open Windows Services Application Using Control Panel
How to Open Windows Services Application Using Control Panel

Step-3: Under Administrative Tools click on the View local services link to open the Services window. Wait until next window to open (see in the image above in step-2).

Examples of Windows Service

You can see a running windows services in your Task Manager (in Services tab). Here you will find a multiple running services. Some of them are windows/system services and some of them are software services.

Appinfo, AppMgmt, WinRM, WinDefend, vds, Dhcp, BITS, Themes are the examples of system services.

Software services are the important part of the software which are required to run any software efficiently. Software services will execute whenever you run any software.

How to Stop Windows Service?

Open the Services application using method described above. Here you will find very long list of services installed in your PC.

Locate/Find a service which you want to disable. For example, here we are disabling the service named Smartcard. Click on column heading Name to ensure that services are sorted alphabetically, so you can find the service very easily. You can also start, stop or restart the service, check the service status and description from settings application (see in the image below). Be careful before you disable the service because if you don’t know about the service then disabling it can be harmful for your device and it can make serious harm to your device. So before disabling it read the description about service by clicking on the service name.

Example of Windows Service to Stop
Example of Windows Service to Stop

Double-click on service. It will open Properties dialog box.

Steps to Disable Windows Service in Windows 7
Steps to Disable Windows Service in Windows 7

Choose Disabled as the Startup type. By choosing Disabled, you prevent the process from starting when the computer starts. Make a note of the service’s original state: Automatic or Manual. In future, if you need to enable the service, you should know how it was configured before you changed it.

  • Click OK to confirm your choice and close the dialog box.

When you’re concerned about compatibility, or that your computer may work improperly after disabling a service, Restart Windows. When the system starts up, try it out for a while to ensure that things are working well. Then continue or, if there’s a problem, re-enable the service to Automatic or Manual or whatever the previous setting was.

  • Repeat Steps 4 through 7 as necessary.
  • Close the Services window when you’re done.

Limitation of Services Application

  • You can’t Change a service’s description.
  • You can’t change the permissions associated with a service.
  • Services Application can’t Run a non-service application as a Windows Service.

Here, is the list of services which might be useful to close for you. Check out the services list here.

  • IP Helper
  • Offline Files
  • Network Access Protection Agent
  • Parental Controls
  • Smart Card
  • Smart Card Removal Policy
  • Windows Media Center Receiver Service
  • Windows Media Center Scheduler Service
  • Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service
  • Fax
  • HomeGroup Listener
  • HomeGroup Provider
  • Tablet PC Input Service
  • Computer Browser (If your computer is not connected to any network)
  • Desktop Window Manager Session Manager (If you don’t use Aero glass theme)
  • Diagnostic Policy Service
  • Distributed Link Tracking Client (If your computer is not connected to any network)
  • IP Helper (If you don’t use IPv6 connection)
  • Offline Files
  • Portable Device Enumerator Service
  • Print Spooler (If you don’t have a Printer)
  • Protected Storage
  • Remote Registry
  • Secondary Logon
  • Security Center
  • Server (If your computer is not connected to any network)
  • Tablet PC Input Service
  • TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper (If you are not in a workgroup network)
  • Themes ( If you use Windows Classic theme)
  • Windows Error Reporting Service
  • Windows Media Center Service Launcher
  • Windows Search (If you don’t use Windows Search feature frequently)
  • bluetooth support service
  • Windows Biometric Service
  • Windows Connect Now
  • Remote Desktop Configuration
  • Remote Desktop Services

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