Windows XP allows you to create multiple hardware profiles. When you start working in Vista, you may notice that this option is no longer available. It appears that Vista will automatically create hardware profiles depending on the type of computer you are using. For example, if you are using a laptop, Vista will automatically create a profile called “Undocked.”

You can still work with these hardware profiles as you could in Windows XP. For example, you can disable specific services for a specific hardware profile. This can be accomplished using the steps listed below.

  1. Click Start, All Programs, Accessories then Administrative Tools.
  2. Click the Services option.
  3. Right click a service that you want to disable and click Properties.
  4. Click the Log On tab.
  5. The available hardware profiles will be listed at the bottom of the window.
  6. Select the appropriate profile from the list and click the Disable button.
  7. Click OK.

Now when Vista starts using the hardware profile, the specific service you selected above will not be started.

[tags]Diana Huggins, Microsoft, Windows, Vista, hardware profile[/tags]