Ultimate List of Windows 10 Services That Are Safe to Disable

There are many windows 10 services running in the background to give you a smooth experience and ease of use. But the reality is some of them are like the bottleneck to the system and drain the system performance. Even though we haven’t used them in our entire life but keep them in the system all the time eating the valuable system resources. But we don’t care about them at all because they run silently in the background.

So it’s better to disable the background services which are not necessary to our personal Windows experience. And it’s good that Microsoft has left the choice to its user somewhat so that we can choose on our own preferences.

So, let’s see which services I can disable on my system. I hope this will help to recover some system performance.

Disable the Windows Defender

First thing first. We can disable the windows defender and Windows firewall if we have our own antivirus and firewall program installed.

How to go to the Windows Services

Now let’s go to Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services or press the Windows + R key > in the Run dialog box type ‘services.msc’ > hit OK. Double click on the Services to get the list. Now you can either double click or right-click on the service and see the Properties one by one and finally select to stop & disable the service if you want.


Before disabling a service make sure:

  • It’s not being used by your system
  • You never used it
  • You don’t need them to run them frequently.
List of Services to disable

Let’s make a quick list of the services I disabled at my end:

  • AllJoyn Router Service
  • Application Layer Gateway Service
  • Certificate Propagation
  • Connected User Experiences and Telemetry
  • Downloaded Maps Manager
  • Fax
  • Geolocation Service
  • Offline Files
  • Print Spooler
  • Program Compatibility Assistant Service
  • Remote Desktop Configuration
  • Remote Desktop Services
  • Remote Desktop Services UserMode Port Redirector
  • RemoteRegistry
  • Retail Demo Service
  • Secondary Logon
  • Smart Card
  • Smart Card Device Enumeration Service
  • Smart Card Removal Policy
  • Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service
  • Windows Biometric Service
  • Windows Connect Now – Config Registrar
  • Windows Error Reporting Service
  • Windows Insider Service
  • Windows Mobile Hotspot Service
Disabling Third-Party Services

There are some third-party services that also run on the Windows Machine due to others applications installed into the system. To get the list of all Third Party Services in Windows 10 press Win key + R > and type ‘msconfig’ in Run box > then click OK, then go to the Services tab. Check the ‘Hide all Microsoft services’ and you will see all the Third-Party Services. You can disable the services one by one by unchecking them or disable them all at once from the ‘Disable all’ button.


I need to say it again that it’s always good not to mess with Windows registries, services, etc. And it is always your personal choice which service to disable and which not. Also keep in mind that you are disabling some services, so if there is something like you installed new hardware and it’s not working properly, then it might need a service that you disabled. So be very cautious and well informed so that you can bring back the right thing in time of need.

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