this listing is fairly extensive, it is worth noting that the Services which you
may have available will be determined by the Applications, Drivers & Network
components, etc. you have installed (Or don’t). As such if you are
“missing” a Service here don’t worry about it. This guide will be updated
in the future with further Services as appropriate.
Layer Gateway Service.
Provides support for 3rd party protocol plug-ins for Internet Connection
Sharing & the Internet Connection Firewall. If you have Internet
Connection Sharing & the Windows XP built-in firewall enabled set
this to Automatic, otherwise leave this set to Manual.
software installation services such as Assign, Publish, & Remove. Set
this to Manual to enable Application installation/Uninstallation
as normal, although the more wary system administrators may want to Disable
this lest Users add/remove something they shouldn’t.
the download & installation of critical Windows updates. For those
who’d rather not take the time to visit Windowsupdate
this feature enables Windows XP to automatically check for & download
any updates available. Before deciding on a Startup setting for this Right
click on My Computer & select Properties. Now select the Automatic
you select either of the top 2 options then set this Service to Automatic
to ensure it works correctly, but if you instead selected Turn off automatic
updating then set this to Manual.
Intelligent Transfer Service.
Uses idle network bandwidth to transfer data. For the majority of Users
this feature should be of little use & as such I’d recommend setting it to
Manual. Those on highly active Networks may benefit from having this set
to Automatic, although it may be worth testing out to see if it does.
Enables ClipBook Viewer to store information & share it with remote
computers. If the service is stopped, ClipBook Viewer will not be able to share
information with remote computers. Should you wish to enable Users on
other PCs to view data stored in the ClipBook Server then set this to Manual
or Automatic (Although this setting isn’t necessary, Manual will
suffice). Setting this to Disabled will disable others from
viewing this data which is a useful security feature & recommended for
standalone systems, similarly you can set this to Disabled should you
have Network DDE & Network DDM DSDM inactive.
Event System. Supports
SENS (System Event Notification Service),
which provides automatic distribution of events to subscribing COM (Component
Object Model) components. Set this to Automatic.
Manages the configuration & tracking of COM+ (Component Object
Model) based components. Similar to the previous service you should
also leave this set to Automatic to ensure proper running of the PC, or
at least any COM+ components.
three management services: Catalog Database Service, which confirms the
signatures of Windows files; Protected Root Service, which adds & removes
Trusted Root Certification Authority certificates from this computer; & Key
Service, which helps enroll this computer for certificates. For best system
security/integrity I’d recommend setting this to Automatic at all
Service for CDROM Access.
This service is added during installation of Creative’s Disc Detector (Which
is installed as part of Creative PlayCenter for Live! & Audigy Soundcards).
Set this to Automatic if you have Disc Detector enabled, otherwise
set this to Manual.
network configuration by registering & updating IP addresses & DNS names.
If you on a network or have a permanent internet connection, connected to a
specified DHCP server set this to Automatic. Those who are not connected
to a Network (or specific DHCP server) set this to Manual. Should you
have problems connecting to websites & such after setting DHCP Client
to Manual then take the following steps.
1.Click on Start,
Control Panel then Network Connections.
connection, Right click on it & select Properties. Now select
the Networking tab.
3.Select the Internet
Protocol (TCP/IP) item followed by the Properties button, then the Advanced
button. Finally, select the DNS tab.
4.UntickAppend parent suffixes of the primary DNS suffix & Register this
connection’s addresses in DNS.
Ok (several times) as necessary to apply the changes to your
Network/Internet connection. You’ll need to re-connection to that affected
connection for after the changes have been made.
Link Tracking Client.
Maintains links between NTFS files within a computer or across computers in a
network domain. Those on a Windows 2000/XP Network using shared NTFS 5.0
formatted drives may find this service of some benefit, with the Distributed
Link Tracking Client being able to update/fix links & shortcuts to files on
such volumes. Set this to Automatic in such instances. On non-NTFS 5.0
Networks, or stand-alone systems you can set this to Manual.
Coordinates transactions that span multiple resource managers, such as
databases, message queues, & file systems. Initially you should try
setting this to Manual although should you experience problems with such
transactional components (e.g. Message Queuing) set this to Automatic
instead. Stand-alone systems should be able to set this to Manual without
any issues at all.