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Services that must be running

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Hi all,

Just discovered these forums in my searches for speeding up a computer.

So I've got myself Autoruns and disabled a few things like Adobe, Nero etc.

Fortunately, many people have warned to be careful when using this - however, is there a definitive list of services that MUST be running - XP Pro SP3?

Also, why does svchost.exe appear multiple times?

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Svchost appearing multiple times is normal behaviour. What Svchost does is basically allow programs to be run by other means other than a standalone program that does the same job. The benefits of this means if a program needs, for example, the ability to connect to a network, it can use the behaviour that Windows uses rather than its own routines. These other means are the .dll files you find all over the computer, and the basic principle is the functions in these are ran by Svchost.exe, hence why you can easily end up with multiple numbers of them in the Task Manager.

Playing with the Services under Windows isn't recommended because a lot of them have knock-on effects - some are dependent on other things to be running. Therefore if you're not careful you can screw things up to a point where it wouldn't boot any longer. Like the engine in your car, you don't take it to pieces if you don't know how to get it going again, therefore you shouldn't chop and change the services in Windows if you're not sure whether it'll boot again.
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