Which Windows Services are safe to disable?

Disabling services in Windows 10/11 should be done with caution and ONLY if you understand the process and the reason behind it.

There are a lot of background processes that happen in Windows that can impact the performance of the computer and a lot of these processes don’t need to be running so setting them to disabled or to manual (if you want to be on the safe side) can potentially reclaim some of that lost performance.

This isn’t going to fix your slow computer if there is other problems on it causing performance issues but if you are just looking to “trim the fat” this list will help.

Go to your windows search icon and type “services” and click on the services app to open Windows Services to begin or you can click the WIN+R and in the run box type services.msc then click ok.

Follow this list below to disable what you don’t need or use.

  • AVCTP service – Disable it if you do not use Bluetooth Audio Device or Wireless Headphones.
  • BitLocker Drive Encryption Service – disable it if you do not use BitLocker storage encryption.
  • Bluetooth Support Service – Disable it if you do not use any Bluetooth device
  • Computer Browser – This will then disable Network discovery of systems on the local network
  • Connected User Experiences and Telemetry – Disables Feedback, Telemetry and Data Collection
  • Diagnostic Policy Service
  • Diagnostic Tracking Service – Turns off Telemetry and Data Collection
  • Distributed Link Tracking Client – If your PC is not connected to a network
  • Downloaded Maps Manager – If you don’t use the Bing Maps app
  • File History Service – If you never use Windows Backup or System Restore
  • IP Helper – (If you don’t use IPv6 connection)
  • Infrared monitor service – If you never use File transfer via infrared devices.
  • Internet Connection Sharing – An old service that can be disabled
  • Netlogon – Disable it if you are not on a domain controller environment.
  • Program Compatibility Assistant Service – This will hinder your running in the Compatibility Mode though
  • Print Spooler – If you don’t use a Printer
  • Parental Control – If you do not use the Parental Control feature.
  • Remote Registry – Best to disable it. No one will be able to access your Registry remotely.
  • Secondary Logon
  • TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper – If you are not a part of a Workgroup network
  • Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service – If you do not have a touch device
  • Windows Error Reporting Service – If you don’t want to save or send error reports
  • Windows Image Acquisition – If you don’t use a Scanner
  • Windows Camera Frame Server – If you never use a webcam or an integrated camera
  • Windows Insider Service – Disable it if you are not a part of the Windows Insider Program.
  • Windows Search – Do it only if you never use Windows Search but instead use a 3rd-party search software.

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