How to enable or disable a service in Windows 10/8/7?

If you want to increase the start-up speed and system performance, you need to perform various tasks, including uninstalling unnecessary applications, tweaking various system settings, removing unwanted start-up items, and disabling services.

Once you install Windows operating system on your computer or laptop, several services start with the default configuration. Several necessary and a few unnecessary services run in the background and take an adequate amount of system resources.

Over the internet, there are programs available to speed up your PC by automatically optimize the Windows OS, but most of them aren’t available for free.

What are Windows Services?

Windows Services is a core element of the Microsoft Windows operating system that enables the creation and management of long-running processes.
Unlike regular application or program launched by the end-user and only runs when the user is logged on, Windows Services can start without user intervention. They may continue to run long after the user has logged off. The services run in the background and usually start when the machine is booted. Developers create Services by creating applications and installing them as a Service, an ideal option for servers when long-running functionality is required without intervention with other users on the same system.
The services handle various tasks, including network connections, time zone, printing, data backup, user credentials, and display colors.

As you can see above, Windows Services handles many jobs, so we have to be very careful before disabling it.

Once you find that one or more services are unnecessary and want to disable them, free up some system resources and speed up your PC. For instance, you can safely disable the Print Spooler service if your machine is not connected to a printer. Since no printer is connected to your PC, Print Spooler service is unnecessary for you and consuming system resources. Disabling the useless services speeds up your Windows machine.

Quick Note: If you want to view all running Windows services at a glance, open the Task Manager and then switch to the Services tab.

How to disable a service in Windows 10/8/7?

To disable and stop a service in a Windows machine, perform the following steps:-

Step 1. Press the Windows logo + R keys to open the Run dialog box.

Step 2. In the Run box, type services.msc and click OK or press Enter from the keyboard to launch the Services window.

Step 3. Once the Services window opens, locate the service you want to disable on your machine.

Step 4. Double-click on the particular service entry to open its Properties.

Quick Tips: If you don’t know that which service performs which job, double-click on any service; in the General tab, next to the Description, you can see what a particular service is for.

Step 5. To disable a service, click on the General tab and then select the “Startup type” to “Disabled.”

Step 6. Click the Stop button to stop the service.

Step 7. Finally, click the Apply and then OK button.

If you want to stop more than one service, you need to stop it one by one.

Once you complete the above steps, you should be able to disable and stop the services in Windows 10/8/7 machine.

How to enable a service in Windows 10/8/7?

To enable and start a service in a Windows machine, perform the following steps:-

Step 1. Press the Windows logo + R keys to open the Run dialog box.

Step 2. In the Run box, type services.msc and click OK or press Enter from the keyboard to launch the Services window.

Step 3. Once the Services window opens, locate the service you want to enable on your machine.

Step 4. Double-click on the particular service entry to open its Properties.

Step 5. To enable a service, click on the General tab and then select the “Startup type” to “Automatic.”

Step 6. Click the Apply and then Start button.

Step 7. Finally, click the OK button.

Once you complete the above steps, service will be enabled and started on your computer or laptop.

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