Over the years I have read quite a few articles about turning off or disabling services in Windows that may or may not be needed. I have also read articles from sources such as BlackViper in which there have been recommended services that are not needed, depending on how you use your computer system. In theory turning off certain services can free up memory and provide a better user experience.
I have mainly steered clear of these recommendations, since it required the user to make the changes manually. I had always wondered why a program had not been developed to do this automatically for us. I than found a program called Vista Services Optimizer which I decided to try. On the SnapFiles site it states the following:
Vista Services Optimizer enables you to safely optimize Windows services based on how you use your computer. A standard Vista installation has many services turned on and running that you may not have any use for, consuming CPU and memory that can potentially slow down your system. Vista Services Optimizer analyzes your system and suggest services that can be safely turned off. You can choose to perform an automatic tune-up based on what is suitable for your system, or use a manual tune-up that lets you select from a more detailed list of features that you want to disable. The program does not require any technical knowledge and provides easy to understand checkbox options to tune your system for your personal needs. It also includes a system restore feature that allows you to restore Windows service settings to their defaults at any time.
I tried the Automatic Tuneup option, answered the simple questions and chose the Maximum setting. The program applied the changes and restarted my computer. Did I notice any change in how my system responded? I use a Gadget in the Sidebar called System Monitor that keeps track of CPU and RAM usage. I did notice that RAM usage dropped by about 5 MB. Interesting.
I believe that Vista Services Optimizer does work, but your mileage may vary. This is a free program. :-)
Give it a try and see what you think. Let us know your results.