Recommended Startup Settings for Services

On a typical computer running Windows Vista, literally dozens of services are installed by default. What do all of these services do? Do you really need to have each of them running? Table 28-2 includes a list of services on a typical computer running Windows Vista Ultimate, along with a brief description of the service, the account it uses for logon purposes, and our recommendations for setting the startup type (Automatic, Manual, or Disabled).

Table 28-2. Service Descriptions and Startup Settings


Log On As


Recommended Startup Type

Application Experience

Local System

Helps to check compatibility of programs run in Windows Vista.


Application Information

Local System

Part of the User Account ...

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