List of services safe to disable/delete in Windows 10?

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by Anakunda, Jul 25, 2015.

  1. Anakunda

    Anakunda MDL Senior Member

    Feb 6, 2010
    #1 Anakunda, Jul 25, 2015
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2015
    HIYAS, I would be curious if there's a verified list of generally undesirable services that are safe to disable or delete without having negative impact on Windows function.

    So far I have deleted these services

    - Windows Defender (removed)
    - Security Center (deleted)
    - Windows Firewall (not autostart)
    - all XBox related services (deleted)
    - Windows Error Reporting (deleted)
    - Diagnostics Tracking Service (deleted)

    Of course I want more, there's never lack of annoyances.
  2. PaulDesmond

    PaulDesmond MDL Magnet

    Aug 6, 2009

    good luck :cool:
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  3. sevenacids

    sevenacids MDL Addicted

    Aug 17, 2012
    I wonder what you gain from disabling/deleting them. While I agree, for example, that the Xbox ones seem pretty useless if you don't use any of this stuff, I don't see any point deleting them because they're all set to manual start anyways so they don't consume any system resources. Same goes for error reporting.

    Funny side note: People always complain about services, but at the same time I've seen many of them running all kind of weird stuff like auto updaters from Adobe, Firefox, Google, Java etc. in the background...
  4. beamslider

    beamslider MDL Senior Member

    Feb 1, 2010
    Deleted XBox and it returned after some Windows updates....So you may be wasting your time
  5. xomniversex

    xomniversex MDL Member

    Sep 20, 2012
    #5 xomniversex, Jul 25, 2015
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2015
    In my experience, using tools like NTlite to delete services breaks something down the line. It may install fine, and appear to function correctly, but eventually Windows Update stops functioning, or a program (first or third party) depends on a library that was removed in the course of deleting something that wasn't meant to be deleted. Or even a driver depends on such libraries.

    Disabling is fine, as you can always re-enable them later if it causes problems. But deletion is just going to break stuff and it isn't going to save much space.
  6. Anakunda

    Anakunda MDL Senior Member

    Feb 6, 2010
    #6 Anakunda, Jul 25, 2015
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2015
    There's certainly alot more to remove, for exacmple I'm getting obstructions when wanting to install Comodo Firewall, and it's obvious these obstructions come from Windows, not 3rd party installer.

    Hehe, I disable these as well :tasty:
  7. rydeordie99

    rydeordie99 MDL Novice

    Dec 30, 2007
    #7 rydeordie99, Jul 25, 2015
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2015
    I personally have the following services disabled on a fresh install:

    Device Association Service
    Diagnostic Policy Service
    Distributed Link Tracking Client
    Geolocation Service
    IP Helper
    Net.Tcp Port Sharing Service
    Program Compatibility Assistant Service
    Remote Registry
    Routing and Remote Access
    Security Center
    Smart Card
    SSDP Discovery
    TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
    Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service

    I am trying to solve the notification on boot that says that security center is not running. I don't disable Defender since I can never seem to stop it cleanly and it either seems to reactivate itself later or cause more problems.
  8. Hadron-Curious

    Hadron-Curious MDL Guru

    Jul 4, 2014
    I couldn't have said it better.
  9. MS_User

    MS_User MDL Guru

    Nov 30, 2014
    this OS is a cloud base service i dont think disabling all does services is a good idea. but to each is own:rolleyes:
  10. Anakunda

    Anakunda MDL Senior Member

    Feb 6, 2010
    I realize that at least one removed service broke my OS so I had to reinstall. Anyway a list of services verified to be safe to disable/remove would come very helpful (I'm sure WinDefend is safe on lower level than Automatic)

    I don't agree, Windows 10 still run offline so it's not cloud based OS.;)
  11. mOBSCENE

    mOBSCENE MDL Junior Member

    Feb 9, 2010
    #12 mOBSCENE, Jul 26, 2015
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 20, 2017
    This is a list of services that are disabled on my Windows 10 Pro. I have been using this setup with Windows 8.1 for a long time without any issues, now updated the list to include a few new unnecessary services. Note that you will of course lose some features by doing this.
    Also, in my experience, services will never be automatically enabled after installing Windows updates. Do not delete services.

        ActiveX Installer (AxInstSV)
        AllJoyn Router Service
        Application Layer Gateway Service
        BitLocker Drive Encryption Service
        Block Level Backup Engine Service
        Bluetooth Handsfree Service
        Bluetooth Support Service
        Certificate Propagation
        Computer Browser
        Device Association Service
        DevQuery Background Discovery Broker
        Diagnostic Policy Service
        Diagnostic Service Host
        Diagnostic System Host
        Diagnostics Tracking Service
        Distributed Link Tracking Client
        Downloaded Maps Manager
        Encrypting File System (EFS)
        File History Service
        Function Discovery Provider Host
        Function Discovery Resource Publication
        Geolocation Service
        HomeGroup Listener
        HomeGroup Provider
        Hyper-V Data Exchange Service
        Hyper-V Guest Service Interface
        Hyper-V Guest Shutdown Service
        Hyper-V Heartbeat Service
        Hyper-V Remote Desktop Virtualization Service
        Hyper-V Time Synchronization Service
        Hyper-V VM Session Service
        Hyper-V Volume Shadow Copy Requestor
        Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)
        Internet Explorer ETW Collector Service
        IP Helper
        KtmRm for Distributed Transaction Coordinator
        Link-Layer Topology Discovery Mapper
        Microsoft (R) Diagnostics Hub Standard Collector Service
        Microsoft Account Sign-in Assistant
        Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service
        Microsoft Storage Spaces SMP
        Net.Tcp Port Sharing Service
        Network Connected Devices Auto-Setup
        Network Connection Broker
        Network Connectivity Assistant
        Offline Files
        Optimize drives
        Peer Name Resolution Protocol
        Peer Networking Grouping
        Peer Networking Identity Manager
        Performance Counter DLL Host
        Performance Logs & Alerts
        PNRP Machine Name Publication Service
        Portable Device Enumerator Service
        Problem Reports and Solutions Control Panel Support
        Program Compatibility Assistant Service
        Quality Windows Audio Video Experience
        Remote Access Auto Connection Manager
        Remote Access Connection Manager
        Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator
        Remote Registry
        Retail Demo Service
        Routing and Remote Access
        Secondary Logon
        Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol Service
        Security Center
        Sensor Data Service
        Sensor Monitoring Service
        Sensor Service
        Smart Card
        Smart Card Device Enumeration Service
        Smart Card Removal Policy
        SNMP Trap
        SSDP Discovery
        Still Image Acquisition Events
        Storage Service
        Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service
        TP AutoConnect Service
        TP VC Gateway Service
        UPnP Device Host
        VMware Workstation Server
        Windows Backup
        Windows Biometric Service
        Windows Connect Now - Config Registrar
        Windows Encryption Provider Host Service
        Windows Error Reporting Service
        Windows Event Collector
        Windows Mobile Hotspot Service
        Windows Presentation Foundation Font Cache
        Windows Remote Management (WS-Management)
        Windows Search
        Wired AutoConfig
        WLAN AutoConfig
        WMI Performance Adapter
        WWAN AutoConfig
        Xbox Live Auth Manager
        Xbox Live Game Save
        Xbox Live Networking Service
  12. Anakunda

    Anakunda MDL Senior Member

    Feb 6, 2010
    This is not safe in Windows 10. had it disabled for a while and search in menu/control panel etc. stopped to work.
    Indexins service is no more separated from Windows Search.
  13. crossup

    crossup MDL Junior Member

    Jun 20, 2015
    #14 crossup, Jul 26, 2015
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2015
    I don't understand what do people gain by doing this, changing visual element is one thing but messing with pre-installed apps and services that are not running most of the time seems like an overkill. Messing with apps with create problems because MS will continue to replace W32 modules with XAML and soon after TH2 or Redstone something is bound to break. Messing with system services is guaranteed to break something down the line and then the same users will come here asking why WU says FU and cry about it. Unless you are using something like Pentium 4 with 256 MB ram you won't see any performance improvement anyways. Maybe the OCD in people tingles.

    After you do that many edits to an propitiatory OS that we don't fully understand and most things remain undocumented, when something goes wrong you won't know what to fix.
  14. coromonadalix

    coromonadalix MDL Senior Member

    Jul 21, 2009
    I second that

    There's links to older Oses not Win10 blackviper link where good FOR OLDER OS. Me too i whant to kill uneeded services, for the moment i simply stop and disable them, not remove them ...
  15. nghiabros

    nghiabros MDL Novice

    Jul 30, 2015
    How to delete any services?
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  16. Katzenfreund

    Katzenfreund MDL Expert

    Jul 15, 2016
    When you say ‘services” you include apps, which are really different.

    As regards apps, my view is that if the system gives you the option to uninstall them, then it’s OK to do so.
    But if it doesn’t and you use tricks, scripts and third party tools, you’re taking a risk. Furthermore, such risk is unjustified by potential gains, because if not started, these apps won’t bother you. So it’s better to just stop them from starting, e.g. thru the Task Manager.

    System services
    Once, while a novice under XP, I made it a hobby to disable superfluous services, and I did a lot of reading to make sure nothing vital was disabled, Then, suddenly, my system started acting funny. Without being sure it was caused by the services, I re-enabled them and left them alone since. Now I’m wiser than then.

    There are several problems with disabling services:
    1 They don’t consume appreciable resources and you won’t gain any noticeable improvement in performance by disabling them.
    2 There are often unexpected inter-dependencies between services, that only MS knows.
    3 Any problem caused may not manifest itself immediately, but (much) later when you try to do something for the first time.
    4. Systems differ, and you may have problems where others didn’t.
    5. Experts, however well meaning, don’t know everything, and it’s not their system that will be messed up.

    My advice:
    1 Uninstall apps that the system allows you to.
    2 Stop apps from starting unnecessarily.
    3 Leave everything else, especially system services, alone.
  17. Garbellano

    Garbellano MDL Addicted

    Aug 13, 2012
    #18 Garbellano, Jul 21, 2016
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2016
    disable the firewall service only if you got another firewall

    :clap: what a genius!!. It is not, not yet. Thats w$ 11, where you pay a monthly fee to use YOUR hardware.
  18. LiteOS

    LiteOS MDL Expert

    Mar 7, 2014
    u can disable dhcp client if u set static ip
    few other services will not run as well
  19. P40L0

    P40L0 MDL Member

    Jul 14, 2009
    Leave. Services. Alone.

    It's wise to uninstall or disable useless Apps/Program instead, especially if they launch automatically in background when Windows starts.