Are you feeling that your computer has started to run slower than before? Are you not happy with the overall performance now, compared to the time it was first installed? You just want more control in your Windows 7 and make sure you continue to have optimum satisfaction with the speed and knowledge of what is running on your computer system? Then one of the steps you need to ensure among the many is to disable services that are not necessary on a day-to day basis.

Get started

The primary spot to target is the services section in your Windows 7. This can be opened either by entering ‘services,msc’ from the Run command (click Start and you will find run command option towards the bottom on the menu). Alternatively, open the Control Panel and from there select the Services and Applications section, third way is to right click on your My Computer icon on the desktop and then select manage and this will open a window with Services and Applications, here choose the Services.

Disabled to manual

By default when you reach Services, the option that is shown is ‘Disabled’, you are required to change and select ‘Manual’ from the drop-down menu. The manual mode enables you to decide the services that you want on your computer to be running or inactivated, since several services are by default enabled and you necessarily do not require them to be running every time you computer is started, this will help optimise your computers processing speed. However, ensure you are aware on what services to disable, I would highly recommend you only disable services if you are an advanced computer user.

Disabling Services

Before you disable any service, thoroughly read what that particular service function is, even if you are thorough, since Windows 7 had modified some of the services function. Click on the service you want to disable twice, here you get to disable the settings of the service, by selecting the disable option from the drop-down menu. Following are some of the Services that you can consider disabling; (there are more options) – application experience, computer browser, desktop windows manager, diagnostic policy service, distributed link tracking client, IP helper, offline files, portable device enumerator service, print spooler, secondary logon, server, tablet PC input service, themes, windows error reporting service, windows media center service launcher, windows search, and windows time.

By disabling the services you do not permanently delete, but you always have the liberty to return back to the services menu and ‘Enable’ the feature that you think is necessary. This will heavily improve your computer’s performance, especially if you are not in a network or use a computer or use limited themes.

I would recommend you do regular disk cleanup, do not run more than one anti virus software or firewall; continue to monitor virus and spyware check; try running fewer programs each time, more applications and browsers will indefinitely slower your computers performance. Most importantly restart or temporarily shut down your computer at least once a week, if you are a heavy user; restarting can fix problems on your computer that sometimes no one can pin point.