ServicesÂ are an application type that runs in the system background without a user interface. Services provide core operating system features (such as printing, networking, remote access, File Explorer, Windows Search, updates, etc.) and apps to operate as intended.
Usually, Windows does a great job of automatically managing services, but sometimes you may need to manually enable or disable a service on demand.
- If you disable a service, any dependent services are also affected. Enabling a service does not automatically restart its dependent services.
- Changing the default service settings may prevent key services from running correctly. It is especially important to use caution when changing theÂ Startup typeÂ setting of services that are configured to start automatically.
Startup Type for services
- AutomaticÂ – A service in this state will start at boot time. Some services, when no longer required, will also automatically stop when not needed. If you find you do not need a service, place it into Manual or Disabled.
- Automatic (Delayed Start)Â – A service in this state will start just after boot time. Some services, when no longer required, will also automatically stop when not needed. If you find you do not need a service, place it into Manual or Disabled.
- Automatic (Delayed Start, Trigger Start)Â – A service in this state will start just after boot when specifically called.
- Manual (Trigger Start)Â – This is a version of Manual mode that allows Windows to start a service when specifically called and Microsoftâ€™s answer to â€śtoo many services running all the timeâ€ť.
- ManualÂ – Manual mode allows Windows to start a service when needed. However, very few services will start up when required in Manual mode. If you find you need a service, place it into Automatic.
- DisabledÂ – This setting will stop a service from starting, even if needed. Errors in the Event Viewer will show up complaining of that fact. Some services, while Disabled, will constantly complain. However, this situation is taken care of if placed in Manual. The service descriptions identifies those that should be in Manual vice Disabled.
This tutorial will show you how to enable and disable services in Windows 11.