windows 7 Why can't I use msconfig to change my services?

The reason is because with msconfig and Hardware Profiles, you can disable services that may be vital to boot your system. With the management console (services.msc) you cannot. Also, msconfig, while unchecking the box, is disabling the service.

The "Disable All" button also scares me. It should not even be there as no reason exists to justify disabling "everything."

Not "allowing" people to use msconfig reduces the flames and technical support questions in my inbox from people that fail to read the descriptions I offer with each service and the warnings I attach to them.

Windows 7 How can I install or uninstall services?

Several services have the ability to be uninstalled. You can add or remove these services by:
  • Head to Start
  • Select Control Panel
  • Select Programs
  • Select Programs and Features
  • Select Turn Windows Features on or off
I have found that the following Windows 7 Services can be installed or uninstalled:
  • Application Host Helper Service ~ Not Installed
  • ASP.NET State Service ~ Not Installed
  • Client for NFS ~ Not Installed
  • Fax ~ Installed
  • Indexing Service ~ Not Installed
  • LPD Service ~ Not Installed
  • Media Center Extender Service ~ Installed
  • Message Queuing ~ Not Installed
  • Message Queuing Triggers ~ Not Installed
  • Microsoft FTP Service ~ Not Installed
  • Net.Msmq Listener Adapter ~ Not Installed
  • Net.Pipe Listener Adapter ~ Not Installed
  • Net.Tcp Listener Adapter ~ Not Installed
  • Net.Tcp Port Sharing Service ~ Installed
  • Rip Listener ~ Not Installed
  • Simple TCP/IP Services ~ Not Installed
  • SNMP Service ~ Not Installed
  • Telnet ~ Installed
  • Web Management Service ~ Not Installed
  • Windows CardSpace ~ Installed
  • Windows Media Center Receiver Service ~ Installed
  • Windows Media Center Scheduler Service ~ Installed
  • Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service ~ Installed
  • Windows Presentation Foundation Font Cache 3.0.0.0 ~ Installed
  • Windows Process Activation Service ~ Not Installed
  • Windows Search ~ Installed
  • World Wide Web Publishing Service ~ Not Installed

Windows 7 How do I change the Automatic/Manual/Disabled function?!?

With the default Category Control Panel:
  1. Head to Start
  2. Select Control Panel
  3. Select System and Security
  4. Select Administrative Tools
  5. Select Services
  6. Select a service to adjust by double-clicking
  7. In the General tab, Startup type section, select Automatic (Delayed Start), Automatic, Manual or Disabled.
If you like, you can also do: Start --> All Programs --> Accessories --> Run --> type in services.msc --> Select OK.

After configuring all services that you desire to change, reboot to see the effects of your tweaking.

Note: Do not use msconfig to stop services. It basically is "disabling" a service. Use the above procedure and set to "manual" instead for testing purposes.

Windows Vista Why are some services missing from the Custom Registry File Tool?

Several services states cannot be modified using a registry patch in Windows Vista. These are not listed to avoid errors while applying the patch to your system.

I have found that the following Windows Vista Services states cannot be controlled by a registry file in normal or safe mode:
  • DCOM Server Process Launcher
  • Diagnostic Policy Service
  • Diagnostic Service Host
  • Diagnostic System Host
  • Distributed Link Tracking Client
  • Group Policy Client
  • Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
  • Security Accounts Manager
  • Windows Modules Installer

Windows Vista How do I change the Automatic/Manual/Disabled function?!?

With the default Category Control Panel:
  1. Head to Start
  2. Select Control Panel
  3. Select System and Maintenance
  4. Select Administrative Tools
  5. Select Services
  6. Select a service to adjust by double-clicking
  7. In the General tab, Startup type section, select Automatic (Delayed Start), Automatic, Manual or Disabled.
If you like, you can also do: Start --> All Programs --> Accessories --> Run --> type in services.msc --> Select OK.

After configuring all services that you desire to change, reboot to see the effects of your tweaking.

Note: Do not use msconfig to stop services. It basically is "disabling" a service. Use the above procedure and set to "manual" instead for testing purposes.

Windows Vista So, what about Service Pack 1 and 2?

What I am not going to do:
  • Predict on an individual basis whether Service Pack 1 or 2 "will work for you."
  • Test whether or not System Restore will "undo" Service Pack 1 or 2 or if you will be able to go back to a previous install point before Service Pack 1 or 2 installation.
With that said, this is my recommendations:
  • No matter what, I would recommend to install SP1 and then SP2. If for nothing else, the knowledge that all of the "security" updates are current, not to mention the "bug" fixes.
  • Back up everything you cannot afford to lose.
  • Contact Microsoft for any Technical issues that arise with the Service Pack 1 or 2. I do not work for them. I do not have a direct line to them. They can answer and fix your problems much faster than I.

Windows XP Application Management



General Information

None at this time

Windows 7

Default Description

Processes installation, removal, and enumeration requests for software deployed through Group Policy. If the service is disabled, users will be unable to install, remove, or enumerate software deployed through Group Policy. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.
Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type

OS                                                          SP0

Windows 7 Starter                          Not Available

Windows 7 Home Basic                                 Not Available

Windows 7 Home Premium         Not Available

Windows 7 Professional                Manual

Windows 7 Ultimate                       Manual

Windows 7 Enterprise                    Manual


Service Names

Service Name (registry): AppMgmt

Display Name: Application Management

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
Log On As

Account: Local System account

Dependencies

What service Application Management needs to function properly:

    * None (P, U, E)

What other service require Application Management to function properly:

    * None (P, U, E)

Windows Vista

Default Description

Processes installation, removal, and enumeration requests for software deployed through Group Policy. If the service is disabled, users will be unable to install, remove, or enumerate software deployed through Group Policy. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.
Additional Information

This service is not available on Vista Home Basic or Vista Home Premium as the Group Policy editor (gpedit.msc) is not installed by default.

Default Startup Type

OS                                          SP0                         SP1                         SP2

Vista Home Basic              Not Available     Not Available     Not Available

Vista Home Premium     Not Available     Not Available     Not Available

Vista Business                   Manual                 Manual                 Manual

Vista Ultimate                   Manual                 Manual                 Manual

Vista Enterprise                Manual                 Manual                 Manual


Service Names

Service Name (registry): AppMgmt

Display Name: Application Management

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service Application Management needs to function properly:

    * None (B, U)

What other service require Application Management to function properly:

    * None (B, U)

Windows XP Pro x64
Default Description

Processes installation, removal, and enumeration requests for Active Directory IntelliMirror group policy programs. If the service is disabled, users will be unable to install, remove, or enumerate any IntelliMirror programs. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.
Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type

OS                          SP0         SP1         SP2

XP Pro x64            ?              ?             Manual


Service Names

Service Name (registry): AppMgmt

Display Name: Application Management

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
Log On As

Account: Local System Account
Dependencies

What service Application Management needs to function properly:

    * None

What other service require Application Management to function properly:

    * None

Windows XP

Default Description

Provides software installation services such as Assign, Publish, and Remove.

Additional Information

If you cannot modify your software installation of certain applications, put this service in to Automatic or Manual. If you have Windows XP Home Version, this service may be causing problems described in this knowledge base article:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/328213

I have not tested this, but for now, disable this service in Windows XP Home until installation of Service Pack 2 or 3.

Default Startup Type

OS                                          SP0                         SP1                         SP2                        SP3

XP Home                             Manual                 Manual                 Manual                 Manual

XP MCE 2005                      Manual                 Manual                 Manual                 Manual

XP Pro                                   Manual                 Manual                 Manual                 Manual

XP Tablet PC 2005            Manual                 Manual                 Manual                 Manual


Service Names

Service Name (registry): AppMgmt

Display Name: Application Management

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service Application Management needs to function properly:

    * None (H, M, P, T)

What other service require Application Management to function properly:

    * None (H, M, P, T)

Additional Reading

None at this time.

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Windows XP Application Layer Gateway Service


General Information

If you are not using Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) service, the Application Layer Gateway Service and Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) can be safely disabled.

Windows 7

Default Description

Provides support for 3rd party protocol plug-ins for Internet Connection Sharing (ICS).
Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type
OS                                                          SP0

Windows 7 Starter                           Manual

Windows 7 Home Basic                                 Manual

Windows 7 Home Premium         Manual

Windows 7 Professional                Manual

Windows 7 Ultimate                       Manual

Windows 7 Enterprise                    Manual

Service Names

Service Name (registry): ALG

Display Name: Application Layer Gateway Service

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\System32\alg.exe
Log On As

Account: Local Service
Dependencies

What service Application Layer Gateway Service needs to function properly:

    * None (S, HB, HP, P, U, E)

What other service require Application Layer Gateway Service to function properly:

    * None (S, HB, HP, P, U, E)

Windows Vista

Default Description

Provides support for 3rd party protocol plug-ins for Internet Connection Sharing (ICS).
Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type

OS                                          SP0                         SP1                         SP2

Vista Home Basic              Manual                 Manual                 Manual

Vista Home Premium     Manual                 Manual                 Manual

Vista Business                   Manual                 Manual                 Manual

Vista Ultimate                   Manual                 Manual                 Manual

Vista Enterprise                                ?              Manual                 Manual


Service Names

Service Name (registry): ALG

Display Name: Application Layer Gateway Service

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\System32\alg.exe
Log On As

Account: Local Service
Dependencies

What service Application Layer Gateway Service needs to function properly:

    * None (HB, HP, B, U)

What other service require Application Layer Gateway Service to function properly:

    * None (HB, HP, B, U)

Windows XP Pro x64

Default Description

Provides support for 3rd party protocol plug-ins for Internet Connection Sharing and the Windows Firewall.
Additional Information

Before the installation of Service Pack 2, this service was required for use with the Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) service. After the installation of Service Pack 2, it no longer is required.

Default Startup Type

OS                          SP0         SP1         SP2

XP Pro x64            ?              ?             Manual

Service Names

Service Name (registry): ALG

Display Name: Application Layer Gateway Service

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\WINDOWS\System32\alg.exe
Log On As

Account: NT AUTHORITY\LocalService

Dependencies

What service Application Layer Gateway Service needs to function properly:

    * None

What other service require Application Layer Gateway Service to function properly:

    * None

Windows XP

Default Description

Provides support for 3rd party protocol plug-ins for Internet Connection Sharing and the Windows Firewall.

Additional Information

Before the installation of Service Pack 2 or 3, this service was required for use with the Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) service. After the installation of Service Pack 2 or 3, it no longer is required.

Default Startup Type

OS                          SP0                                         SP1                                         SP2                                         SP3

XP Home             Manual (Started)             Manual (Started)             Manual (Started)             Manual (Started)

XP MCE 2005      Manual (Started)             Manual (Started)             Manual (Started)             Manual (Started)

XP Pro                   Manual (Started)             Manual (Started)             Manual (Started)             Manual (Started)

XP Tablet
PC 2005                Manual (Started)             Manual (Started)             Manual (Started)             Manual (Started)


Service Names

Service Name (registry): ALG

Display Name: Application Layer Gateway Service

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\WINDOWS\System32\alg.exe
Log On As

Account: NT AUTHORITY\LocalService
Dependencies

What service Application Layer Gateway Service needs to function properly:

    * None (H, M, P, T)

What other service require Application Layer Gateway Service to function properly:

    * None (H, M, P, T)