How To: Disable Background Programs or Services in Windows Vista
A Windows service is a executable program that runs in the background of the Microsoft Windows operating systems.Windows service performs specific functions and is designed not to require any user intervention to run.Windows services usually are configured to start when Windows is started and run in the background all the time. Although they can be started manually if needed. An example of a windows service is your anti-virus program or another security program that is used for real-time protection.
If you don’t want to uninstall a program or service completely in Windows Vista, you can prevent the program or service from starting with Windows. Many programs offer an easy way to prevent this behavior. You should try the following:
- Click or right-click the program icon in the notification area. Look for an Options, Preferences or Properties command. Sometimes, the program offers an option for having the program start with Windows.
- Start the program and look through the program menus for a similar option.
- Check the Startup folder on the Windows Vista Start menu. Often, programs place shortcuts there to load components at startup.
If a program does not offer a friendly way to prevent it from running with Windows, you can move on to the more powerful System Configuration utility (often called MSCONFIG, after the name of its executable file).
To use System Configuration Utility in Windows Vista:
- Click on Windows Vista Start. In the Start Search window, type msconfig. (You can also press WINKEY+R to open the Run dialog and then type msconfig.exe)
- Under the search results, click msconfig.exe.
- Enter your administrator credentials and click Continue if you are prompted by Windows Vista User Account Control(UAC).
- In the System Configuration window, the Startup tab shows all the programs that are scheduled to start with Windows.Resize the columns so that you have a good view of the name and manufacturer.
- Go through each item, clearing the check box for programs you don’t want to start with Windows.
- Click OK, and then restart the computer.
Also You Can Remove a Background Service From Windows Vista Using Command Prompt:
- Click on the Windows orb and type CMD and press Enter to open a command prompt
- Type the following command, substituting the name of the service found above for the term servicename, and press Enter.
sc delete servicename
for example: sc delete CLTNetCnService
- If the deletion was successful, you’ll see the following response.
[SC] DeleteService SUCCESS
- Type Exit to close the Windows Vista command prompt and reboot your computer.
Now onwards the service has been removed from your Windows Vista computer.