Tip & How-To about Computers & Internet
Services are specialized files that run in a Windows operating system to accomplish a specific task. The Telnet service allows remote access to a computer, for example, and the Plug and Play service is essential for the ease of installing and removing various USB (and other interface) devices.
Some services are necessary for the operating system to run; others are not. For instance, the Java Quick Starter service is nice if you run a lot of Java programs, but if not you might as well disable it to free up the system resources that it uses. With Windows XP's Services console, you can turn services on or off, as well as control each service's startup type.
There are several ways to get to the Services console. The easiest way is type "services.msc" in the Run bar and hit OK. Once the Services console opens, you can monitor and change your services.
All of the currently-installed services will be listed here, whether or not they are currently running. Services that are in use right now will say "Started" under Status. By clicking on a service, you can stop it, start it, or restart it, depending on its current status. You can also get a brief description of the service, which can be helpful when determing which services you want running and which you don't.
If you decide you don't want a service to run and you stop it, you'll have to change its startup type, otherwise it will just start again the next time you boot your computer. Double click on the service to bring up its properties, and on the General tab next to "Startup type," select Disabled if you don't want the service to start at all (unless you tell it to). Clicking Automatic will make the service load every time Windows starts up, and clicking Manual will not automatically start the service, but it will allow the service to be started by another program or application.
If a program or operating system feature is not working right, the Services console is a good place to check. Some laptops come pre-installed with their own wireless network management utility; if you want to disable this utility and run Wireless Zero instead, you can do that through Services as well.
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