How to Remove a Windows 7 Service Permanently

The Services console is a tool that allows Windows 7 users to turn Windows services on or off. It even gives the user the option to prevent selected services from loading every time the computer boots up. This is a very useful tool since some of these services are not essential to the startup process of the operating system. A perfect example of a non-essential service is Remote Registry. You do not really need it, and might even become a security risk because it allows other users to gain access to your Windows Registry remotely. Surprisingly, it is enabled by default on a fresh installation of the operating system.

You may not know it yet, but it is possible to delete a service permanently if you are sure that you are never going to need it. Advanced users who have a good understanding of these Windows services will find this tip very useful. For novice users however, this tip might not be for them. Please bear in mind that it is very easy to delete services, but very difficult to recover them if you suddenly change your mind. If you are unsure, do not do it.

To delete a Windows service, all you have to do is to follow the steps below.

1. Load the Services console

Click on the Start button. Type “services” in the input box. Press Enter.

2. Confirm the name of the service

Double-click a service and memorize the service name.

3. Open a command prompt

Click on the Start button. Type “cmd” in the input box. Press Enter.

4. Type “sc delete” “the name of the service” and press Enter.

The sc (Service Controller) command is used to change the settings of services on Windows. You can also accomplish this using the Services console but to delete services, you need to use sc at the command prompt.

That is all there is to it. As you can see, it is very easy to do. However, deleting a critical service can be potentially dangerous to your operating system. Always make sure that a service is not required before deleting it.

By Ferdinand S.

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