About Windows Services
Microsoft Windows-based operating systems mostly rely on the services that are automatically installed along with the OS installation. Some important services in Windows are automatically initiated every time the computer starts. On the other hand there are a few services that users must manually initialize in case a particular feature is to be enabled in the operating system. Moreover, there are some services that are by default disabled, which in most cases, is to protect Windows from unwanted local or external threats.
Each service that Windows operating system has represents a feature of the OS. Enabling or disabling a service in Windows makes the feature available or unavailable to the users respectively.
Windows Services Dependencies
Many services in Windows are depended on other services. This means that a service may not function properly or fails to get initialized at all if the service on which it is depended is disabled or not running. Likewise, if other services depend on a service, administrators must enable the service before other depended services are initialized.
Although Microsoft has designed Windows 8 in a way that administrators can disable unwanted services in order to reduce processing overhead and protect the system from threats, administrators can delete unwanted services using command line interface. However, it is strongly recommended that the built-in services must never be deleted in order to avoid instability in the operating system.
How to Delete Unwanted Services?
To delete unwanted services from a Windows 8 computer, administrators must follow the steps given as below:
- Log on to Windows 8 computer with the account that has elevated privileges.
- Click Desktop tile from the Start screen to go to the desktop screen.
- Once on the desktop screen, hover mouse to the bottom right corner of the window.
- From the displayed options, click Search.
- On the Search pane in the right, make sure that Apps category is selected.
- In the Apps field, type Command Prompt.
- From the displayed results on the Apps window in the left, click Command Prompt.
- From the advanced options displayed at the bottom of the window, click Run as administrator.
- On User Account Control confirmation box, click Yes button to provide the consents to open the command window.
- Type the SC DELETE command followed by the name of unwanted service that is to be deleted in the command prompt window. (E.g. SC DELETE SPOOLER)
- Once done, hit Enter key to successfully delete the specified service.