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What is the impact of disabling startup services?

Engaged ,
Apr 26, 2022 Apr 26, 2022

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As my Windows 10 x64 was/is getting slightly slower than before, I checked out sites to improve its performance.
Found a 'Tip' recommending to have a look at the Startup-processes and found a list of applications running at startup whereas I launch them manually.
Photoshop, Acrobat, they are not residing in Windows' taskbar.

The following items are running at startup:
- AcroTray
- Adobe Collaboration Synchronizer 20.5
- Adobe CS6 Service Manager
- Adobe Updater Startup Utility
- SwitchBoard Server (32 bit)
- Adobe GC Invoker Utility

Each item, I do not know what it is doing.
OTOH I hesistate to set them to 'Disable', having no idea about the impact: will it improve the system, but will specific features be disabled, like "Convert to Adobe PDF" and "Combine files in Acrobat".

Appreciate views on this.

Thanks!

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Community Expert , Oct 09, 2022 Oct 09, 2022

Start up processes are typically there for a reason.  Disabling them could block your access to critical software & services.  

 

I disable non-essential software at startup but I always keep backups of what I'm doing, just in case anything goes wrong. 

 

Improving PC Performance on Win10:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/tips-to-improve-pc-performance-in-windows-b3b3ef5b-5953-fb6a-2528-4bbed82fba96#Category=Windows_10

 

Hope that helps.

 

 

 

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Community Expert ,
Oct 07, 2022 Oct 07, 2022

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you could 

 

1 google each of those to learn what they do or

2. disable each and check the result.  if you're unhappy with the result, re-enable.

 

<moved from acrobat >

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Oct 09, 2022 Oct 09, 2022

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Start up processes are typically there for a reason.  Disabling them could block your access to critical software & services.  

 

I disable non-essential software at startup but I always keep backups of what I'm doing, just in case anything goes wrong. 

 

Improving PC Performance on Win10:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/tips-to-improve-pc-performance-in-windows-b3b3ef5b-5953-...

 

Hope that helps.

 

 

 

Nancy O'Shea, Product User & Community Expert
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Engaged ,
Oct 18, 2022 Oct 18, 2022

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Sorry for the late response here.

Reasons for this question was that 

1. the shutdown of my PC was slow (normally about 10 seconds or so, but for a couple of weeks well over a minute, with quite some SSD activity)

2. The Windows event log showed quite a number of warnings/errors referring to either one of the above services and a specific .dll of my (3rd party) AV-software

3) Disabling all non-Microsoft software resulted in the usual 10-seconds shutdown.

 

That said, I wasn't sure about the effects of disabling services.

Anyway, I completely uninstalled the AV software and resorted to Windows native Defender, being quite capable nowadays and is ranking amost other top AV software in AV-test.org.

The event log errors are gone and the shutdown is fast again.

Matter solved.
(Sad though for my 4-PC AV license, valid uptil 2027: I would have to go thru all kinds logging and of debugging things. Right now I am not sure whether I want to do that all)

 

 

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Oct 19, 2022 Oct 19, 2022

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glad to hear you found the culprit. 

 

to find it, did you do as i suggested or just guess?

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