- If you want to tweak and boost your PC's performance, you don't always have to download specialized software to do so.
- Simply disabling a few unessential services can have your Windows 10 PC working like never before.
- For more tweaks and tricks, check out our Windows 10 Hub.
- If you want to expand your tech and software knowledge, visit our How-To Section.
Did you know that you can safely disable Windows services to boost your computer’s performance?
However, the problem comes in determining which services are safe to disable and which ones are not. To save you from a bit of trial and error, we’ve devised the following guide.
In it, we have listed all the Windows services you can disable to boost your computer’s performance for gaming or just general use.
In addition to this, we have also included a short section that shows you how to disable said services in Windows 10.
So you may find it beneficial to read this guide until the end. Without further ado…
What Windows 10 services can I disable? Complete list
|Application Layer Gateway Service||Phone Service|
|Alljoyn Router Service||Program Compatibility Assistant Service|
|AVCTP Service||Print Spooler|
|Bluetooth Support Service||Remote Registry|
|Connected User Experience and Telemetry||Retail Demo Service|
|Certificate Propagation||Secondary Logon|
|Diagnostic Policy Service||Smartcard|
|Diagnostic Service Host||TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper|
|Diagnostic System Host||Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service|
|Distributed Link Tracking Client||Windows Error Reporting Service|
|Download Maps Manager||Windows Insider Service|
|Enterprise App Management Service||Windows Image Acquisition|
|Fax||Windows Biometric Service|
|File History Service||Windows Camera Frame Server|
|GameDVR and Broadcast||Windows Connect Now|
|Geolocation Service||Windows Insider Service|
|IP Helper||Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service|
|Internet Connection Sharing||Windows Mobile Hotspot Service|
|Offline Files||Windows Update|
|Parental Control||Xbox Accessory Live Auth Manager|
|Payments and NFC/SE Manager||Xbox Live Auth Manager|
|Xbox Live Networking Services||Xbox Live Game Save|
How can I disable Windows Services?
- Open a Windows Run Dialog (Win + R).
- Type in services.msc.
- Right-click on the service and select Properties.
- Click on the Stop button (if the service is running).
- Change the Startup type to Disabled.
- Click on OK.
Disable Windows 10 services to improve performance: Pros & Cons
- Frees up memory and boosts Windows Performance.
- Can assist you in troubleshooting a problem.
- Will stop certain Windows quality-of-life features from working.
You can safely disable all 48 Windows 10 services listed in this guide. However, it’s important to note that you may still need some of these services, depending on how you use your computer.
For instance, if you are a gamer, it would be inadvisable to stop the Xbox-related services. Thus, you should apply the tips in this guide with a bit of discernment.
Disabling these Windows 10 services isn’t permanent. Make a note of each service you disable. You may be required to re-enable them in the future.
Either way, we hope you’ve found this guide to be helpful. If you have your own list of inessential services, please share it down below. As always, thank you for reading.
FAQ: Learn more about disabling services
How to disable antimalware service executable windows 10?
- You can kill the antimalware service executable in Windows 10 by disabling it in the Windows registry.
How to disable Windows 10 update alerts?
- Windows 10 update alerts can be disabled by stopping the Windows Update service or setting your primary Internet connection as a metered connection.
How to stop background processes?
- You can stop background processes by using the Windows Task Manager to terminate them.
How to enable or disable Windows 10 Error Reporting Service?
- The Windows 10 Error Reporting service can be enabled and disabled using the Windows Registry Editor or by altering the service’s start-up properties.