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Description:  

On Microsoft Windows operating systems, a Windows service is a long-running executable that performs
specific functions and it is designed not to require user intervention. Windows services can be configured to
start when the operating system is booted and run in the background as long as Windows is running, or they
can be started manually when required. They are similar in concept to a Unix daemon. Many appear in the
processes list in the Windows Task Manager, most often with a username of SYSTEM, LOCAL SERVICE or
NETWORK SERVICE, though not all processes with the SYSTEM username are services. The remaining services
run through svchost.exe as DLLs loaded into memory.

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How to Disable/Enable Services (Local)
Windows Vista Windows 7 Windows Xp Description Path Disable Back Regedit Gpedit CMD List
Type C:\Windows\System32 and press ok
In the System32 folder you can find services.msc file
Path:          
This method shows you where services.msc is located in Windows using Windows Explorer
Please perform the following steps:

Please go to Pearl button (Start) and click on the Start Search
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Disable:          

When you try to open services.msc this message will be displayed:
The snap-in below, referenced in this document, has been restricted by policy. Contact your
administrator for details.
Services.
Gpedit:          

Warning Computers running Windows Vista Home do not have access to Group Policy (gpedit.msc)
This method shows you how to Disable/Enable services.msc from Group Policy
Please perform the following steps:

Please go to Pearl button (Start) and click on the Start Search
For more information about the change from Start to Pearl button click here
Type gpedit.msc and press ok
Please confirm UAC pop-ups in order to continue
In the Group Policy window please navigate to User Configuration -> Administrative Templates ->
Windows Components -> Microsoft Management Console -> Restricted/Permitted snap-ins  and open
Services
The Default state is Not Configured and services.msc is Enable
To Enable services.msc select Disable
To Disable services.msc select Enable

To finish press ok button and close Group Policy window
Type cmd, right click on cmd icon under the Programs and click on Run as administrator
Please confirm User Account Control pop-up
Please select, right and copy a registry key from below, then right click on command prompt window
, select Paste and press Enter

To Disable services.msc:

REG add "HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\MMC\{58221C66-EA27-11CF-ADCF-00AA00A80033}" /v Restrict_Run /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

To Enable services.msc:

REG add "HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\MMC\{58221C66-EA27-11CF-ADCF-00AA00A80033}" /v Restrict_Run /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

To finish please close command prompt window
CMD:          
This method shows you how to Disable/Enable services.msc from Command Prompt
Please perform the following steps:

Please go to Pearl button (Start) and click on the Start Search
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Type regedit and press ok
Please confirm User Account Control pop-up
Microsoft official disclaimer

Warning Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by
using another method. These problems might require that you reinstall the operating system. Microsoft
cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. Modify the registry at your own risk.

Please navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\MMC\{58221C66-EA27-11CF-
ADCF-00AA00A80033} and locate Restrict_Run registry key
Double click on Restrict_Run and edit the value:

To Disable services.msc:

Change the data value with 1

To Enable services.msc:

Change the data value with 0

To finish press ok button and close Registry Editor window
Regedit:          
This method shows you how to Disable/Enable services.msc from Registry Editor
Please perform the following steps:

Please go to Pearl button (Start) and click on the Start Search
For more information about the change from Start to Pearl button click here
Windows Services list:    
     
This is Windows Services list of Windows Vista Ultimate Sp2 x86 after a clean install on a virtual machine.

Name

Status

Startup Type

Log On As

Application Experience

Started

Automatic

Local System

Application Information

Started

Manual

Local System

Application Layer Gateway Service


Manual

Local Service

Application Management


Manual

Local System

Background Intelligent Transfer Service

Started

Automatic (Delayed Start)

Local System

Base Filtering Engine

Started

Automatic

Local Service

Block Level Backup Engine Service


Manual

Local System

Certificate Propagation


Manual

Local System

CNG Key Isolation


Manual

Local System

COM+ Event System

Started

Automatic

Local Service

COM+ System Application


Manual

Local System

Computer Browser


Automatic

Local System

Cryptographic Services

Started

Automatic

Network Service

DCOM Server Process Launcher

Started

Automatic

Local System

Desktop Window Manager Session Manager

Started

Automatic

Local System

DFS Replication


Manual

Local System

DHCP Client

Started

Automatic

Local Service

Diagnostic Policy Service

Started

Automatic

Local Service

Diagnostic Service Host


Manual

Local Service

Diagnostic System Host

Started

Manual

Local System

Distributed Link Tracking Client

Started

Automatic

Local System

Distributed Transaction Coordinator


Manual

Network Service

DNS Client

Started

Automatic

Network Service

Extensible Authentication Protocol


Manual

Local System

Fax


Manual

Network Service

Function Discovery Provider Host


Manual

Local Service

Function Discovery Resource Publication


Manual

Local Service

Group Policy Client

Started

Automatic

Local System

Heath Key and Certificate Management


Manual

Local System

Human Interface Device Access


Manual

Local System

IKE and AuthIP IPsec Keying Modules

Started

Automatic

Local System

Interactive Services Detection


Manual

Local System

Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)


Disabled

Local System

IP Helper

Started

Automatic

Local System

IPsec Policy Agent

Started

Automatic

Network Service

KtmRm for Distributed Transaction Coordinator

Started

Automatic (Delayed Start)

Network Service

Link-Layer Topology Discovery Mapper


Manual

Local Service

Microsoft.NET Framework NGEN v2.0.50727_X86


Manual

Local System

Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service


Manual

Local System

Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider


Manual

Local System

Multimedia Class Scheduler

Started

Automatic

Local System

Net.Tcp Port Sharing Service


Disabled

Local Service

Netlogon


Manual

Local System

Network Access Protection Agent


Manual

Network Service

Network Connections

Started

Manual

Local System

Network List Service

Started

Automatic

Local Service

Network Location Awareness

Started

Automatic

Network Service

Network Store Interface Service

Started

Automatic

Local Service

Offline Files

Started

Automatic

Local System

Parental Controls


Manual

Local Service

Peer Name Resolution Protocol


Manual

Local Service

Peer Networking Grouping


Manual

Local Service

Peer Networking Identity Manager


Manual

Local Service

Performance Logs & Alerts


Manual

Local Service

Plug and Play

Started

Automatic

Local System

PnP-X IP Bus Enumerator


Manual

Local System

PNRP Machine Name Publication Service


Manual

Local Service

Portable Device Enumerator Service

Started

Automatic

Local System

Print Spooler

Started

Automatic

Local System

Problem Reports and Solutions Control Panel Support


Manual

Local System

Program Compatibility Assistant Service

Started

Automatic

Local System

Protected Storage

Started

Manual

Local System

Quality Windows Audio Video Experience


Manual

Local Service

ReadyBoost

Started

Automatic

Local System

Remote Access Auto Connection Manager


Manual

Local System

Remote Access Connection Manager


Manual

Local System

Remote Procedure Call (RPC)

Started

Automatic

Network Service

Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator


Manual

Network Service

Remote Registry


Manual

Local Service

Routing and Remote Access


Disabled

Local System

Secondary Logon

Started

Automatic

Local System

Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol Service


Manual

Local Service

Security Accounts Manager

Started

Automatic

Local System

Security Center

Started

Automatic (Delayed Start)

Local Service

Server

Started

Automatic

Local System

Shell Hardware Detection

Started

Automatic

Local System

SL UI Notification Service


Manual

Local Service

Smart Card


Manual

Local Service

Smart Card Removal Policy


Manual

Local System

SNMP Trap


Manual

Local Service

Software Licensing

Started

Automatic

Network Service

SSDP Discovery

Started

Manual

Local Service

Superfetch

Started

Automatic

Local System

System Event Notification Service

Started

Automatic

Local System

Tablet PC Input Service

Started

Automatic

Local System

Task Scheduler

Started

Automatic

Local System

TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper

Started

Automatic

Local Service

Telephony


Manual

Network Service

Terminal Services

Started

Automatic

Network Service

Terminal Service Configuration


Manual

Local System

Terminal Services UserMode Port Redirector


Manual

Local System

Themes

Started

Automatic

Local System

Thread Ordering Server


Manual

Local Service

TPM Base Services


Automatic (Delayed Start)

Local Service

UPnP Device Host


Manual

Local Service

User Profile Service

Started

Automatic

Local System

Virtual Disk


Manual

Local System

Volume Shadow Copy


Manual

Local System

WebClient

Started

Automatic

Local Service

Windows Audio

Started

Automatic

Local Service

Windows Audio Endpoint Builder

Started

Automatic

Local System

Windows Backup


Manual

Local System

Windows CardSpace


Manual

Local System

Windows Color System


Manual

Local Service

Windows Connect Now - Config Registrar


Manual

Local Service

Windows Defender

Started

Automatic

Local System

Windows Driver Foundation - User-mode Driver Framework


Manual

Local System

Windows Error Reporting Service

Started

Automatic

Local System

Windows Event Collector


Manual

Network Service

Windows Event Log

Started

Automatic

Local Service

Windows Firewall

Started

Automatic

Local Service

Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)


Manual

Local Service

Windows Installer


Manual

Local System

Windows Management Instrumentation

Started

Automatic

Local System

Windows Media Center Extender Service


Disabled

Local Service

Windows Media Center Receiver Service


Manual

Network Service

Windows Media Center Scheduler Service


Manual

Network Service

Windows Media Center Service Launcher


Automatic (Delayed Start)

Local Service

Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service


Manual

Network Service

Windows Modules Installer

Started

Manual

Local System

Windows Presentation Foundation Font Cache 3....


Manual

Local Service

Windows Remote Management (WS-Management)


Manual

Network Service

Windows Search

Started

Automatic

Local System

Windows Time

Started

Automatic

Local Service

Windows Update

Started

Automatic (Delayed Start)

Local System

WinHTTP Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Service


Manual

Local Service

Wired AutoConfig


Manual

Local System

WLAN AutoConfig


Manual

Local System

WMI Performance Adapter


Manual

Local System

Workstation


Automatic

Local Service

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