How to disable unnecessary services in Windows 10

In the following article I want to explain a little the process that must be followed to disable unnecessary services in Windows 10. As many of you will know, when Windows 10 starts up, loads and executes a series of services that are put to work in the background, which results in greater consumption of both CPU and RAM. Windows 10 is a multiplatform system, which means that the operating system brings many basic services that in the end for the average user end up being unnecessary and that they only serve to eat resources that on the other hand could be dedicated to more necessary tasks for the team.

To what it would be great to be able to disable all those services and that they start only when necessary? Keep reading…

Disable unnecessary services in Windows 10 from the services panel

In order to disable the services that we are going to indicate below, the first thing will be to access the Windows 10 services panel. There are several ways to access this panel, so I'm going to list a few for you and choose the one that seems most comfortable for you:

  • Press the key with Windows symbol + X, and go to "Team management”. In the drop-down on the left you will see the option "Services and applications": Click on it and double click on"Services”To load the list of services.

  • Another way to access the computer services is by opening Windows Explorer and clicking on the left menu on "This team", If next we go to the tab"Team"We can click on the" iconManage”And it will also load the PC administration window.

  • Finally (and to avoid boring the staff more) we can also write in Cortana "services.msc”And pressing enter will also load the services panel directly by magic. Hop!

What services are considered unnecessary and which can we disable?

This is the crux of the matter. Depending on the computer or device on which Windows 10 is installed, there will be some services that will be unnecessary and others that will not. So, how to disable unnecessary services in Windows 10 without getting rid of any services that are essential so that both the system and the programs it houses run smoothly? As a basis, the only thing we are going to do is configure the services that we consider unnecessary so that they are only started manually when some program or other system process needs to make use of it. We will never permanently disable any Windows 10 service.

To disable and start a service and start manually, from the services panel we have to right-click on the service and select "Properties”:

Next, in the new window that will open, we must go to the drop-down "Start type”And select“Handbook”. In this way, as we have mentioned, the service will only start when a program calls it or we execute it by hand, and not always when we start our PC.

IMPORTANT : Never leave any service with the start type in "Disabled”(Unless you are 100% sure, it is always better to leave it in«Handbook«). If we do this, the service will never start, not even when it is really necessary (bringing with it errors in the execution of programs or other Windows features).

List of unnecessary services that can be disabled

When it comes to "removing" or disabling unnecessary services in Windows 10 so that they do not start from the beginning, we have chosen only those services that are optional and that do not compromise the integrity or the basic functioning of the system. The services that you can modify so that they do not load at system startup are the following:

  • Diagnostic Policy Service
  • Diagnostic follow-up service (To disable the collection of telemetry and information)
  • Distributed link tracking client
  • dmwappushsvc (To disable telemetry and information collection)
  • Downloaded Maps Manager (If you don't use the Maps app)
  • Bluetooth compatibility service (if you don't use bluetooth)
  • Network Access Protection Agent
  • IP helper application (If you don't use IPv6 connection)
  • Remote process call locator
  • Remote log
  • Smart card (if you don't use smart cards)
  • Smart Card Removal Policy (same as above)
  • Program Compatibility Assistant Service
  • Print spooler (If you don't have a printer)
  • Remote Registration (You can disable this for security reasons)
  • BranchCache
  • Certificate Propagation
  • Microsft iscsi indicator service
  • Netlogon (if you don't log in to the network)
  • Network Access Protection Agent
  • NetBIOS over TCP / IP helper application (If you are not on a local work network)
  • Handwriting Panel and Touch Keyboard Service (If you don't want to use touch keyboard and graphics tablet features)
  • Windows Defender Service (If you don't use the Windows Defender program)
  • Windows Error Reporting Service
  • Windows Image Acquisition
  • Windows Search (If you don't use this feature included in Windows frequently)
  • Offline files
  • Parental Controls
  • Snmp capture
  • Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service
  • Secondary login
  • Security Center

In summary, as you can see there are several ways and means of disable unnecessary services in Windows 10, but the management is always done from the Windows services panel. Remember that it is not advisable to leave a service in status "Disabled"But in boot"Handbook"So that whenever necessary it can be executed without problem.

If you liked this article you may also be interested how to optimize Windows 10 to the maximum or our guide to disable automatic updates in Windows 10.

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