Vista Services List


When you install a PC with Windows Vista there are a number of windows services that get installed by deafult.

Here is a Vista Services list, however a full list of Vista Services complete with explanations can be found here on this page: Vista Services.


Application Experience

Application Information

Application Layer Gateway Service

Application Management

Background Intelligent Transfer Service

Base Filtering Engine

Block Level Backup Engine Service

Certificate Propagation

CNG Key Isolation

COM+ Event System

COM+ System Application

Computer Browser

Cryptographic Services

DCOM Server Process Launcher

Desktop Window Manager Session Manager

DFS Replication

DHCP Client

Diagnostic Policy Service

Diagnostic Service Host

Diagnostic System Host

Distributed Link Tracking Client

Distributed Transaction Coordinator

DNS Client

Extensible Authentication Protocol


Function Discovery Provider Host

Function Discovery Resource Publication

Group Policy Client

Health Key and Certificate Management

Human Interface Device Access

IKE and AuthIP IPsec Keying Modules

Interactive Services Detection

Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)

IP Helper

IPsec Policy Agent

KtmRm for Distributed Transaction Coordinator

Link-Layer Topology Discovery Mapper

Microsoft .NET Framework NGEN

Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service

Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider

Multimedia Class Scheduler

Net.Tcp Port Sharing Service


Network Access Protection Agent

Network Connections

Network List Service

Network Location Awareness

Network Store Interface Service

Offline Files

Parental Controls

Peer Name Resolution Protocol

Peer Networking Grouping

Peer Networking Identity Manager

Performance Logs & Alerts

Plug and Play

PnP-X IP Bus Enumerator

PNRP Machine Name Publication Service

Portable Device Enumerator Service

Print Spooler

Problem Reports and Solutions Control Panel Support

Program Compatibility Assistant Service

Protected Storage

Quality Windows Audio Video Experience


Remote Access Auto Connection Manager

Remote Access Connection Manager

Remote Procedure Call (RPC)

Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator

Remote Registry

Routing and Remote Access

Secondary Logon

Security Accounts Manager

Security Center


Shell Hardware Detection

SL UI Notification Service

Smart Card

Smart Card Removal Policy


Software Licensing

SSDP Discovery


System Event Notification Service

Tablet PC Input Service

Task Scheduler



Terminal Services

Terminal Services Configuration

Terminal Services UserMode Port Redirector


Thread Ordering Server

TPM Base Services

UPnP Device Host

User Profile Service

Virtual Disk

Volume Shadow Copy


Windows Audio

Windows Audio Endpoint Builder

Windows Backup

Windows CardSpace

Windows Color System

Windows Connect Now – Config Registrar

Windows Defender

Windows Driver Foundation – User-mode Driver Framework

Windows Error Reporting Service

Windows Event Collector

Windows Event Log

Windows Firewall

Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)

Windows Installer

Windows Management Instrumentation

Windows Media Center Extender Service

Windows Media Center Receiver Service

Windows Media Center Scheduler Service

Windows Media Center Service Launcher

Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service

Windows Modules Installer

Windows Presentation Foundation Font Cache

Windows Remote Management (WS-Management)

Windows Search

Windows Time

Windows Update

WinHTTP Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Service

Wired AutoConfig

WLAN AutoConfig

WMI Performance Adapter



Here on this page are explanation of the above: Vista Services.

Kind Regards

Marc Liron
Microsoft MVP

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