Optimize Windows Services
The Windows XP operating system makes a wide variety of services available. But if you actually look at it closely, you do not really need some of the services available. Furthermore, if you quit the services which you are not able to use, your system will be able to function at its best.
To turn off the different services in your Windows system, you can use the Services Management Tool. This tool is able to show the different services which are active or inactive and where they are used.
When you look at the different services, you might find some vague information. However, this info can still be useful when you are trying to get a slight idea of what the service does. In the Services Management tool, you are able to change the startup type of the service to automatic, disabled or manual. Some services are actually dependent on other services also found on the same computer system. This is the reason why you are not supposed to turn off the services which are found in MSConfig.
If you have decided to change the startup type of the service, you can do so by looking for the service that you want to change, right clicking on the icon or the name, selecting "Properties" and choosing the startup type that you desire. Take note that when you switch the startup type of a service from "automatic" to "manual", it usually becomes disabled during startup by default. If you want to monitor the effects of the service, select the icon or service name, right click and select "Stop".
Services which can be disabled safely
Windows actually has different services which are available for different user types. For most of the services, you will have to make use of a Windows system which is in good condition and functional. On the other hand, if you do not want to make use of the service, you can turn them off in a very safe manner. The following are the different services which have a startup type. Before making any changes in your system, you are advised to read all the information provided. Furthermore, in case you encounter a problem, keep in mind to always go back to the basics. You can start by fixing the service which is involved. As a precaution, you should never change the startup type of a service if you are not familiar with it.
Alerter: For the different administrative purposes, this service controls different administrative alerts in a particular network. This service is actually rarely utilized.
Automatic Updates: In order for the Automatic Updates service to function well it needs these different services: Background Intelligent Transfer Service, Even Log, and Cryptographics Service. The different Windows updates work hand in hand with this service especially since the introduction of Windows XP Service Pack 2. The Automatic Updates service is also known to be used in both downloading and installing the different updates in Windows. Only disable this service if you think that it will not be useful for you.
Computer Browser: This service is useful when it comes to network browsing. It shows you a list of all the computers which are within the range of the network, but it is not necessary to have this be a part of your computer system because you can still actually browse your network even without this service.