Reducing the number of running services can often turn a sluggish PC around. There’s no magic to it. Running with fewer services, especially a service that you don’t use, or need, puts less strain on both the CPU and system memory.
Tweaking services however is not without its hazards. For example, if a particular service is disabled, any other service/services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. Worse, adjusting a service setting incorrectly has the potential to leave a computer in an unbootable condition. I know – I’ve managed to do just that, a time or two, over the years.
Recently, a free application that promises to allow a user to tweak Windows services in a safe and easy way, caught my attention. Vista Services Optimizer, last updated July 19, 2010, is an open source Windows tweaking utility, which despite its name has been optimized to run in Windows 7 as well, makes good on that promise.
The casual user with a few mouse clicks can easily optimize Windows services to increase performance and security, automatically. A more experienced user gets a little more leeway, and can manually tweak using a more in-depth feature list. In case your tweaking goes a step too far, recovery is just a mouse click away by simply using the built in Smart Rescue Center.
I don’t think it could be any easier to tweak Windows services than this. All the user needs to do is tick the appropriate check boxes, and Vista Services Optimizer takes care of the rest.
System analysis highlights services that can be turned off
Automatic tune-up based on user’s system requirements
Automatic service state snapshots
Tweak your Windows services in an easy, automatic and safe way based on how you use your computer without requiring any technical knowledge.
Control Windows services in an easy, safe and advanced way without getting involved with Windows services names and dependencies.
Smart Rescue Center can restore default Windows services configurations in case of any problems using Services Snapshots
System requirements: Windows Vista with SP1 or higher (32-bit or 64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit), Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 with Service Pack 1
Download at: Download.com
Note: Version 1.3.200 (released July 19, 2010), improves Services Diagnostics, Gaming Mode, services snapshots, and major GUI changes.
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