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How To Disable Windows Vista Services Part 6

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Program Compatibility Assistant Service: This service is for incompatible applications. The optimal setting is DISABLED and the safe setting is AUTOMATIC.

Protected Storage: Security service for protecting important and sensitive data. For example keep passwords protected from prying eyes. The optimal setting is DISABLED and the safe setting is MANUAL.

Quality Windows Audio Video Experience: Service for streaming audio and video on home networks. The optimal setting is DISABLED and the safe setting is MANUAL.

ReadyBoost: Not sure what ReadyBoost is? View this article on how to fix a slow computer for more information. The optimal setting is DISABLED and the safe setting is AUTOMATIC.

Remote Access Auto Connection Manager: DNS lookup service for remote networking. The optimal setting is DISABLED and the safe setting is MANUAL.

Remote Access Connection Manager Manages Dial Up Networking for Virtual Private Networks. The optimal setting is DISABLED and the safe setting is MANUAL.

Remote Procedure Call (RPC): Service handles remote procedure calls. The optimal setting is AUTOMATIC and the safe setting is AUTOMATIC.

Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator: This service manages a name service database for RPC. The optimal setting is DISABLED and the safe setting is MANUAL.

Remote Registry: Why this is enabled by default is beyond all reasoning. You should shut this service down as it gives remote users a way to edit your registry. The optimal setting is DISABLED and the safe setting is MANUAL.

Secondary Logon: The service can start processes under alternate credentials. The optimal setting is DISABLED and the safe setting is AUTOMATIC.

Security Accounts Manager: This service manages other services by telling them that the SAM is loaded and ready to respond when needed. You can not disable it. This should be left alone, another one to run and hide from. The optimal setting is AUTOMATIC and the safe setting is AUTOMATIC.

Security Center: This service monitors the condition and or status of the firewall and virus applications. It will alert you if one of your security apps needs updating or is not working as it should. If you disable this you will also have to disable the security center from alerting you in the control panel applet. Click Start | Control Panel | Security Center | on the left pane choose change the way security center alerts me and then choose Don’t notify me and don’t display the icon. The optimal setting is DISABLED and the safe setting is AUTOMATIC.

Server: This service is used for file and printer sharing. The optimal setting is DISABLED and the safe setting is AUTOMATIC.

Shell Hardware Detection: This is used by one of the biggest security risk out there, autoplay. When you insert a DVD or a flash drive into your system you will be notified by a popup asking you what you would like to do. If you disable the service you will have to go into Computer and launch the application manually. I always disable this service, especially with all the malware and viruses that use the service. The optimal setting is DISABLED and the safe setting is AUTOMATIC.

SL UI Notification Service: This service is for software licensing activation. The optimal setting is DISABLED and the safe setting is MANUAL.

Smart Card: Supports authentication of any smart cards you have. The optimal setting is DISABLED and the safe setting is MANUAL.

Continue on to part 7 of how to disable windows vista services.