This page is no longer maintained. It is here for archive purposes only, however, the information is still valid today as when I wrote the guide in 2002.
Would you like to have an easy method to tweak your Systems Services with little or no risk? That is what this page is here for. You can create multiple hardware profiles for the purpose of testing different services configurations. Ensure you read all instructions provided and the Pro's and Con's at the bottom of this page.
This page is here to assist those people that are worried about breaking their computer. As such, hardware profiles are not "really" required for the "safe" configuration or "Internet Gateway" as it is very easy to place the changed services back to the default value. This information assists people with testing out "Gaming" and "Bare-bones " configurations with the knowledge that "default is a reboot away." Having that security is a good thing.
1) Shall we begin? (Image 1.1)
Head to: Start --> Control Panel.
2) Control Panel: (Image 1.2)
In the Control Panel, select Performance and Maintenance.
3) Performance and Maintenance Panel: (Image 1.3)
In the Performance and Maintenance Panel, select System.
4) System Properties: (Image 1.4)
System Properties Dialog will appear.
Select the Hardware tab, then click the Hardware Profiles button near the bottom.
5) Hardware Profiles Dialog: (Image 1.5)
The Hardware Profiles Dialog will be displayed.
Your current profile (Profile 1) needs to be copied.
Select the profile to highlight and then select the Copy button.
6) Name Your Profile: (Image 1.6)
Using my Windows XP Services Configuration as a guide, choose a name that is appropriate.
I used "Default" here.
7) Copy and Rename Your Profiles: (Image 1.7)
Continue to copy a profile and name them appropriately.
Here, I used:
Default, Safe, Internet Gateway, Gaming, and Super Tweak.
Please note: under usual circumstances, unless you are using "Internet Connection Sharing" to provide your network with internet access, you can skip the Internet Gateway Configuration. If you are using ICS, you could substitute the "Internet Gateway" Configuration for "Safe."
8) Example Naming Scheme: (Image 1.8)
Your Hardware Profiles could look something like this:
When finished, select OK on the Hardware Profiles Dialog and System Properties.
9) Administrative Tools: (Image 1.9)
After creating as many Hardware Profiles as you wish, select Administrative Tools in the Performance and Maintenance Panel.
10) Services Panel: (Image 1.10)
In Administrative Tools, select Services.
11) Services Properties Dialog: (Image 1.11)
Double click each service to bring up the Services Properties Dialog.
Using the standard method in the "General Tab," if you Disable a service, it is "forever" Disabled for every hardware profile and every user.
Instead, use the "Log On" tab.
12) Using the Log On Tab: (Image 1.12)
Select the Log On tab.
Using my Windows XP Services Configuration as a guide, select each service and Enable or Disable them in each profile by selecting the profile and choosing the proper button.
Do not adjust your "Default" or "Profiles 1" configuration.
13) Reboot: (Image 1.13)
After all services have been adjusted, reboot your system.
14) Example Boot Menu: (Image 1.14)
In a few seconds, the "Hardware Profile" screen will be displayed allowing you to choose which service configuration you wish to boot.
You are done!
"Have you tweaked your OS lately?"
Choose the look:
Windows Service Configurations!
Includes explanations of each service and advice on which services you can safely disable.