About that narrowing down of those disabled services. - vmware player (4 services): does not even start a vm without the authorisation service running, so I could not test the remaining 3 - anydesk (1 service): does not start because its service is not running - google chrome (3 services): starts and updates, however the updater now pops up a uac prompt even when checking for updates - teamviewer (1 service): starts and seems to work properly, but I have no one to connect to right now so as to test it more - samsung mobile connectivity service (1 service): probably useless to me now, since I needed it once, to root a friend's phone - adobe something (2 services): photoshop works fine, so I don't care - nvidia display driver service (1 service): how can I test it? I no longer have games on my pc Re-enabling vmware's virtual adapters now so as to check again. ---edit Yeap, network connection still comes up in a second even with vmware's virtual adapter's enabled. What if I leave all of them disabled and only enable them when I need to run each app?