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Beginners Guides: Understanding and Tweaking WindowsXP Services

Beginners Guides: Understanding and Tweaking WindowsXP Services - PCSTATS
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Abstract: Learn to use the 'Services' young Jedi, for they are powerful and control much of WindowsXP. if you do not, you'll be forced to run programs in the system tray for all eternity!
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External Mfg. Website: PCSTATS Jun 21 2006   Mike Dowler  
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Beginners Guides: Understanding and Tweaking Windows XP Services


Learn to use the 'Services' young Jedi, they are powerful and control much of WindowsXP. Without mastering the 'Services', you'll be forced to run programs in the system tray for all eternity!! - Version 1.0.1

Windows XP (despite what some people will say) is the fairly excellent product of many years of operating system evolution and represents one of the most powerful yet easy to use interfaces around. In fact, Microsoft even managed to get a couple Linux guru's to admit to this, reportedly. On the other hand, WinXP is a processor and memory resource hog which often seems to run much slower than it should based on the work it is doing.

The reason for this occasional slow performance is the same reason why Microsoft Windows XP runs considerably slower than Windows 2000 at times, despite being based off the same basic platform: It's what's going on in the background.

Every modern operating system needs to run certain processes constantly, regardless of what other programs and operations are currently active and regardless of what the user may be doing. These background processes may be used to detect new hardware, monitor the network for incoming data, or a variety of other things that require the operating system to pay constant attention to its surroundings.

In Windows XP, these background processes are called Services and they will be the topic of this edition of PCSTATS always handy, never quite printable (we're working on it!), popular Beginner's Guides. We're going to look at what the WinXP Services are and do, why they are necessary, which ones should be running on your system and which ones you can do without.

What's a Service?

A Windows service is an 'always on' application that is constantly running in the background of your system. These applications are loaded at startup with an executable file or started when needed, and do not have a user interface or require a user to run them. They allow Windows XP to perform functions that require constant management or access without forcing the user to run a specific program or command.

Services were first introduced in Windows NT, and offer a considerable advantage over the more 'hard wired' automatic processes of previous Windows operating systems because they can be easily configured, disabled and even created by users.

A good example of a service is Windows XP's 'Automatic Update' service. If you've enabled automatic updating, this service will run constantly in the background, and periodically connect to Microsoft to look for new updates and patches. When they are found, the service will either notify you or automatically download and install the updates, depending on how you set up your system.

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS
 Pg 1.  — Beginners Guides: Understanding and Tweaking WindowsXP Services
 Pg 2.  Which services are running?
 Pg 3.  Getting Information on Specific Services
 Pg 4.  Properties of Services
 Pg 5.  Why do does WinXP need Services?
 Pg 6.  What services should be running?
 Pg 7.  Services to disable for better security and performance
 Pg 8.  Creating your own services
 Pg 9.  Creating Services Continued

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