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Services Suite, Better Windows Services Management

Most Windows users who manage the services of their operating system do that either in MSConfig or in the Services management console. The latter offers descriptions and additional information that the System Configuration tool does not offer. Still, both applications lump all services together in one big list, which makes the configuration process tedious.

The free Windows software Services Suite offers a in many aspects better solution. The program lists the services based on their state. Services are sorted in the three columns automatic, manual and deactivated which aids in the identification process.

Even better is the option to change a startup state by simply dragging and dropping a service into another column. No more right-clicking or double-clicking to perform that operation.

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services suite

A right-click on a service offers options to open its Registry key, and to start or stop it. This is however only possible of the service is set to manual or automatic. Deactivated services cannot be started, unless their state is changed to manual or automatic first.

One interesting feature of Services Suite is the option to import and export XML configurations. It is for instance possible to configure a system properly and export the services configuration in the end to apply it to another Windows system, or keep it as a backup copy for future use.

The developer has added two XML configuration files to the software which can be used to optimize the system based on BlackViper's services optimization tips. One XML file is optimized for XP operating systems and one for Windows 7. Both are optimized without WLAN support.

The portable program requires the Microsoft .net Framework 2.0, which most Windows users should have installed these days.

The 60 Kilobyte tool is available for download at the developer's German website. The software itself is available in English and German.

It is recommended to create a system restore point before using the software, to be able to restore the system if changes have been made that make the system unstable or unbootable. (via Webdomination)

Services Suite is an excellent program, both for users who like a better overview when configuring services on one system, and for users who have to make changes to multiple systems. The only negative aspect of the program is that no service descriptions are offered in the program interface.





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    Comments

    1. Jojo said on September 4, 2010 at 6:41 pm
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      Wow. This looks cool. Going to download it right now.

    2. The Genuine Islam said on September 4, 2010 at 6:51 pm
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      Amazing ! , I’ve been looking for a program which does that for a long time . Thanks a lot , I’ll try it out right away !

    3. Jojo said on September 4, 2010 at 7:05 pm
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      OK, works fine.

      1. Download is a .RAR file.

      2. Wish he would provide a LIST export of the individual columns (automatic, manual, deactivated).

      3. Nice that you can jump right to the registry entry for the item. But wish he would open up the standard UI for Services also.

    4. Jojo said on September 4, 2010 at 7:08 pm
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      This is my list of MANUAL services. I wonder if some of them should be automatic? (I have SQL Server set to manual because it uses a lot of resources and I don’t have anything that is currently using MS SQL Server).

      manual

      .NET Runtime Optimization Service v2.0.50727_X86
      Application Layer Gateway Service
      Application Management
      ASP.NET State Service
      Background Intelligent Transfer Service
      COM+ Event System
      COM+ System Application
      Distributed Transaction Coordinator
      E4M service
      Extensible Authentication Protocol Service
      Fast User Switching Compatibility
      Health Key and Certificate Management Service
      HTTP SSL
      IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service
      Indexing Service
      InstallDriver Table Manager
      Intuit Update Service
      Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service
      Microsoft Office Diagnostics Service
      MS Software Shadow Copy Provider
      Net Logon
      NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing
      Network Access Protection Agent
      Network Connections
      Network Location Awareness (NLA)
      Network Provisioning Service
      NT LM Security Support Provider
      Office Source Engine
      Performance Logs and Alerts
      Portable Media Serial Number Service
      QoS RSVP
      Remote Access Auto Connection Manager
      Remote Access Connection Manager
      Remote Desktop Help Session Manager
      Remote Packet Capture Protocol v.0 (experimental)
      Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator
      Removable Storage
      Smart Card
      SQL Server (SQLEXPRESS)
      SQL Server Browser
      Telephony
      Terminal Services
      Uninterruptible Power Supply
      Volume Shadow Copy
      Windows CardSpace
      Windows Driver Foundation – User-mode Driver Framework
      Windows Installer
      Windows Management Instrumentation Driver Extensions
      Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service
      Windows Presentation Foundation Font Cache 4.0.0.0
      Wired AutoConfig
      WMI Performance Adapter

      1. Martin said on September 4, 2010 at 8:18 pm
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        As a rule of thumb, if the computer is working as intended then you do not need to make changes. Then again, you may want to double-check http://www.blackviper.com/Windows_7/servicecfg.htm

    5. kalmly said on September 5, 2010 at 4:01 pm
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      I made a lot of services changes to my XP system because its a stand alone. It made a huge difference in performance. I still dig around in there looking for things to shut down. I’m going to download this app. Thanks for the post.

    6. Happy Bulldozer said on September 7, 2010 at 11:18 am
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      Why nobody makes service profiling application?
      I want to switch running services by profile selection “on the fly”
      Well, i guess i will make such application in the end of this month.
      I hope you will like it when it will be done

    7. Ken Mason said on June 6, 2011 at 8:15 am
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      WARNING!!

      This app is full of crapware! It’s especially sneaky, in that the system changes it wants to make are shown in the tiniest font imaginable–many users won’t eve be able to see them.

      1. john doe said on July 20, 2011 at 7:01 pm
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        Warning

        the user above me is full of crapware …

        tool is fine dont know what you are talking about

    8. Ken Mason said on July 21, 2011 at 3:25 am
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      Please don’t flame on this forum, it’s just bad behaviour. I said that this app’s install is sneaky, and to be careful. I didn’t say the tool doesn’t work. Does that deserve a flame? My comments still stand, the app’s install is quite sneaky. Perhaps your technical knowledge isn’t sufficient to even understand my comment. Would you please re-install it, and look for what I indicated bothered me?

      1. john doe said on November 10, 2011 at 4:09 am
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        The Tool doesn’t need to be installed its portable so maybe the source you have it from is crap ….

        go to the developers page and download there … dont make any false accusations

    9. GC said on January 16, 2012 at 8:55 pm
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      made an Update to 1.0.0.8

      new stuff:
      – see changes you made by highlighting the changed Services
      – export individual Lists : auto/manual/deactivated/full
      – added an option to turn on Descriptions (slow)

      in Win7 Service Description and some Service names are not written into Registry anymore and
      the Service API has no property “Description” therefore i need to do it via WMI which is slow as hell. Therefore i made it optional

      hope you like it

      GC

      1. Martin Brinkmann said on January 16, 2012 at 10:32 pm
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        Nice, thanks for letting everyone know about it.

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