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How To Disable Windows Vista Services Part 5

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Network List Service: Maintains list of network connections. Do not disable this service it is needed by the SL UI Notification Service. The optimal setting is AUTOMATIC and the safe setting is AUTOMATIC.

Network Location Awareness: Stores information on networks and notifies programs when the information changes. The service is used by the Windows Firewall, but it isn’t required for functionality. The optimal setting is DISABLED and the safe setting is MANUAL.

Network Store Interface Service: Stopping this service will result in the loss of network connectivity. The optimal setting is AUTOMATIC and the safe setting is AUTOMATIC.

Offline Files: This services maintains the offline files cache. Offline files also include files that you are synchronizing between computers. So, in short if you don’t use synchronization you can safely disable the service. The optimal setting is DISABLED and the safe setting is MANUAL.

Parental Controls: This service manages the Parental Controls on your system. If you have kids that like to get into trouble, you may want to keep this enabled. The optimal setting is DISABLED and the safe setting is MANUAL.

Peer Name Resolution Protocol: This service enables dynamic name publication and resolution. For peer to peer and collaborative programs. The optimal setting is DISABLED and the safe setting is MANUAL.

Peer Networking Grouping: This service is for Peer Networking Grouping services. The optimal setting is DISABLED and the safe setting is MANUAL.

Peer Networking Identity Manager: This is an identity service for peer networking. The optimal setting is DISABLED and the safe setting is MANUAL.

Performance Logs & Alerts: This service is strictly for technicians like myself, regular home users, will not require this. The optimal setting is DISABLED and the safe setting is MANUAL.

Plug and Play: Unless you want erratic system behaviour I would leave this setting alone. Run as fast as you can. :) The optimal setting is AUTOMATIC and the safe setting is AUTOMATIC.

PnP-X IP Bus Enumerator: This service manages the virtual network bus. I do believe that Media Center may be the only application that uses it, I could be wrong though so proceed with caution. The optimal setting is DISABLED and the safe setting is MANUAL.

PNRP Machine Name Publication Service: This service is used for P2P naming. The optimal setting is DISABLED and the safe setting is MANUAL.

Portable Device Enumerator Service: Windows media player, MP3 players, Ipods, digital cameras and other audio devices that can synchronize data using the mass storage device service will use this service. The optimal setting is DISABLED and the safe setting is MANUAL.

Print Spooler: This service (Spooler) loads files into memory for printing. It can hold the files in memory in case you want to print later. If you don’t have a printer on your system you can safely disable this service. The optimal setting is DISABLED and the safe setting is AUTOMATIC.

Problem Reports and Solutions Control Panel Support: If any errors are created on the computer you can send that information to Microsoft for a possible solution. Always remember though, when passing information over the internet there are security risks involved, especially with personal data. The optimal setting is DISABLED and the safe setting is MANUAL.

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