Used software: Windows Services
On computers with limited computing resources and a small amount of RAM, you can resort to another way to speed up the system and optimize Windows – it disables rarely used and unnecessary services of the operating system.
Settings for Windows 7 and Vista
When developing Windows 8.1, a large-scale optimization of RAM consumption was carried out. For this reason, disabling services for even less memory consumption in the new OS just does not make sense. Before proceeding to the description of the method, it is worth noting that the performance gain from disabling services will be minimal and completely invisible in systems with a large amount of fast RAM (from 2 GB and above). However, this operation can be considered relevant for owners of netbooks, obsolete computers and low-power laptops equipped with slow hard drives and a small amount of RAM.
As a much more efficient way to free up RAM and speed up system performance, we recommend the following articles: setting up the startup list, optimizing visual effects, and removing unnecessary programs and file garbage from the system.
Disable services in Windows 7
Disabling rarely used services in Windows 7 and Vista will allow the system to free up additional RAM, resulting in other applications and services running faster and more stable, and the system will have less often to access virtual memory.
On the Internet, you can find a lot of tips to turn off almost all system services, however, this approach is often unjustified, because Many services are disabled by default and run manually if necessary. Forcibly disabling such services may cause problems in the future. For this reason, our list of disabled services is much shorter than usual.
The fastest way to open the “Services” program is to enter its name in the search panel of the Win Key “Start” menu. Search the Services program And select the “Services” link in the search results. To ensure maximum stability of the system and applications, we strongly recommend using the “Manual” parameter when disabling services. This will allow them to start later when such a need arises.
Before starting the shutdown of services, you can create a system restore point (control panel> system> system protection> create) in case of unforeseen complications, although they are highly unlikely.
- Open the menu Win Key Start »Control Panel»
- Change the view mode from “Categories” to “Small Icons” if the default view of the “Control Panel” items by category is set.
- Changing the view mode of the Windows 7 Control Panel
- Find the Administration icon
- Select “Services”
What services can be disabled in Windows 7
To disable the selected service, double-click on its name with the left mouse button. The service control panel opens. In the “Startup type” drop-down menu, select “Manual” and click on the “Stop” button. Save changes by clicking on “OK”
It is absolutely safe to disable the following services:
- Print Spooler if the printer is not connected to the computer.
- Tablet PC Entry Service
- Remote Desktop Services (TermService)
- Computer Browser (Computer Browser)
- Support IP Service
- Remote registry (Remote registry)
- Terminal Services if you are not using a connection to remote computers.
- ReadyBoost (only if you are not using the Ready Boost function)
- Disk Defragmenter (if using a third-party defragmentation program)
Not all of the services listed above are available in Windows 7, some of which are present only in Windows Vista.
Please note – disabling other services may lead to instability of the operating system. Do not disable services that are started in manual mode – they are already disabled. We do not recommend disabling the Windows Update service! Be extremely careful and careful with this tool!