Windows Services, what changed from Windows 7 to Windows 8

Nearly 3 years ago I wrote a blog post about the Windows Services changes between Windows Vista and Windows 7. Assuming that we won’t see any big changes with regard to Services when Windows 8 will be released I repeated the exercise by looking at what has changed between Windows 7 Enterprise and the Windows 8 Consumer Preview Build. To obtain the services data from each system, i executed the following PowerShell command: gwmi win32_service Read More …

Optimizations for Virtualized Windows 7 clients

Just found these two blog posts that describe some Registry and Services optimizations when running Windows 7 as a virtual client. Windows 7 Registry Optimizations for Virtual Desktops Windows 7 Optimization – Disable Services Thanks to Daniel Feller for sharing this

Windows 7 Service Triggers

When taking a closer look at the Services in Windows 7 you will notice that many of them are configured to start manually but will be started when needed. For more details read my earlier posts Windows Services, what changed from Vista to Windows7 Part1 and Windows Services, What changed from Vista to Windows7 – Part2. The technology behind starting Services when needed is called Service Triggers that were introduced with Windows 7 and Windows Read More …

ToolTip: Windows Services Dependency Viewer

During my periodic visit on CodePlex I came across the Windows Services Dependency Viewer utility. The tool provides access to the following information: Windows service dependent and antecedent services Services grouped by process Service details (from Win32_Service WMI class) Service process details (from Win32_Process WMI class This tool might come in handy once you start changing a specific Service’s startup mode. The Windows Services Dependency Viewer can be downloaded from here Additional documentation can be Read More …

Windows Services, What changed from Vista to Windows7 – Part2

In part one of “Windows Services, What changed from Vista to Windows7”  I highlighted the new, renamed and removed services that come with Windows7. Some Services are not quite new, but are now just installed by default. One example is the ActiveX Installer Service. The below table lists those Services where the startup mode was changed from Automatic (Vista) to manual (Win7). Note that the “Status” for some Services on your system might be different. Read More …

Windows Services, what changed from Vista to Windows7 Part1

Today I took a closer look at the Windows Services running on Windows7. A lot of the performance improvements with Windows7 are related to the way how and when services are being loaded so i thought it’s worth to see what’s happening there. I first installed a Windows 7 build 7077 and a Windows Vista SP1 client on my Hyper-V server. Because I am primarily interested in what’s happening in an enterprise environment, both clients Read More …