Disabling certain Windows XP services can enhance performance and security – but itâ€™s essential to know which ones you can safely turn off.
1: Automatic Updates
New security updates will not be automatically installed to your computer.
2: Cryptographic Services
Disable Cryptographic Services at your peril! Automatic Updates will not function and you will have problems with Task Manager as well as other security mechanisms.
3: Plug and Play
If you disable Plug and Play, your computer will be unstable and incapable of detecting hardware changes.
4: Print Spooler
When the Print Spooler service is not running, printing on the local machine is not possible.
5: Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
Bad news. The system will not boot. Donâ€™t disable this service.
Disable the Workstation service and your computer will be unable to connect to remote Microsoft Network resources.
7: Network Location Awareness (NLA)
Your computer will not be able to fully connect to and use wireless networks
8: DHCP Client
Without the DHCP Client service, youâ€™ll need to manually assign static IP addresses to every Windows XP system on your network. If you use DHCP to assign other parameters, such as WINS information, youâ€™ll need to provide that information manually as well.
9: Network Connections
If this service is disabled, network configuration is not possible. New network connections canâ€™t be created and services that need network information will fail.
10: DNS Client
If you stop this service, you will disable your computerâ€™s ability to resolve names to IP addresses, basically rendering Web browsing all but impossible.