Dear Readers: Many of us have changed the way Windows starts services by putting them on Automatic, Manual, or Disabled in the Services MMC of Windows XP. I have many services set to manual and disabled. Those that are set to manual do not automatically start with the system but generally start when needed. An example of this on my specific machine is the "Help and Support" Service, which starts only when I open Windows Help, not automatically with boot-up. My problem is, that this service, among others that are set to Manual, do not shut themselves down when the respective programs/processes are done. When I close Help, I want the service to stop to since I am no longer using it. It wasn't needed or started before I opened Help, so why should I want it to still run after I closed Help? Is there any way to set Windows, in the registry or whatever, so that Manual Services such as "Help and Support" and "Windows Image Acquisition" stop after I have used them? It seems that some services have no issue doing this on their own, while others do. Thank you for your help!