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How To Disable Windows Vista Services Part 3

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DHCP Client: This service automatically receives a Dynamic IP address from your DHCP server and DNS updates. If you are running a static IP address you can disable it, although if you need IPsec services and or Internet Connection Sharing services leave it enabled. The optimal setting is DISABLED and the safe setting is AUTOMATIC.

Diagnostic Policy Service: This service enables problem detection, troubleshooting and resolution for Windows components. A set of diagnostic tools that attempt to detect problems in memory, disks, and files. The optimal setting is DISABLED and the safe setting is AUTOMATIC.

Diagnostic Service Host: This service enables problem detection, troubleshooting and resolution for Windows components. A set of diagnostic tools that attempt to detect problems in memory, disks, and files. The optimal setting is DISABLED and the safe setting is AUTOMATIC.

Diagnostic System Host: This service enables problem detection, troubleshooting and resolution for Windows components. A set of diagnostic tools that attempt to detect problems in memory, disks, and files. The optimal setting is DISABLED and the safe setting is AUTOMATIC.

Distributed Link Tracking Client: This service maintains links across a wide area or local area network. It keeps track of files locations even if the file has been moved. The optimal setting if you are not in a network enviornment is DISABLED and the safe setting is MANUAL.

Distributed Transaction Coordinator: The MDTC service coordinates transactions across different computers. It is used with Message Queing, SQL Server and the Personal Web Server. The optimal setting is DISABLED and the safe setting is MANUAL.

DNS Client: This service is used for DNS (Domain Name Service) client lookup caching. I wouldn’t advise disabling this service unless you really know what you are doing as most of us know that by caching DNS lookups, it reduces network traffic and makes internet surfing much, much faster. The optimal setting is AUTOMATIC and the safe setting is AUTOMATIC.

Extensible Authentication Protocol: The (EAP) is used for PPP connection authentication. Wireless Access Points (WAPs) use this for authentication as well, if you are on a wireless network you wil need this service. The optimal setting is DISABLED and the safe setting is MANUAL.

Fax: Enables you to send and receive faxes, and utilize fax resources available on the network. I don’t seem to have this service anymore after installing service pack 1. Microsoft must have decided to do away with it. If you have this service the optimal setting is DISABLED and the safe setting is MANUAL.

Function Discovery Provider Host: Process for Function Discover processes. The service is used by Windows Media Center to discover and connect to extenders. The optimal setting is DISABLED and the safe setting is MANUAL.

Function Discovery Resource Publication: Publishes your computer and resources so they can be discovered over a network. The optimal setting is DISABLED and the safe setting is MANUAL.

Group Policy Client: You can not disable this service, it is used for applying settings, which are configured by administrators for the computer and users through the Group Policy component. It is used in large network enviornments. The optimal setting is AUTOMATIC and the safe setting is AUTOMATIC.

Health Key and Certificate Management: I have yet to find out what this service is used for other than X.509 management. The optimal setting is DISABLED and the safe setting is MANUAL.

Human Interface Device Access: This service enables input access to Human Interface Devices. If you have a scanner that has fax and copy buttons leave this service as is. The optimal setting is DISABLED and the safe setting is MANUAL.

Continue on to part 4 of how to disable windows vista services.