Optimize VDI: Windows 10 Services


This is a multi-part blog series focused on optimizing Windows 10 VDI

As we saw in a previous blog, Microsoft added new default
apps
into the base operating system with each major release of Windows 10. These updates will have an impact on the user experience, especially in a VDI implementation.

Windows Services Many of the new capabilities with the latest builds of Windows 10 also implements new Windows services. With each release, the number of services has steadily increased.

  • Build 1507: 196 Services
  • Build 1607: 212 Services
  • Build 1703: 223 Services
  • Build 1709: 234 Services
  • Build 1803: 239 Services

History has shown that optimizing Windows services can improve logon time and server density. It is recommended to review the list of services and disable those that are not necessary for the users. To see a list of Windows services, run the following PowerShell command: Get-Service The table below shows the state of each service (Stoppped or Running). Only services with a green, orange and red shading should be considered for disabling. Color Code:

  • Green: A currently running service; consider disabling
  • Orange: A stopped service that will run when requested; consider disabling
  • Red: Disable IF an alternative approach is used

Service Name

Display Name

Build 1507

Build 1607

Build 1703

Build 1709

Build 1803

AxInstSV

ActiveX Installer (AxInstSV)

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

AJRouter

AllJoyn Router Service

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

AppReadiness

App Readiness

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

AppIDSvc

Application Identity

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Appinfo

Application Information

Stopped

Running

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

ALG

Application Layer Gateway Service

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

AppMgmt

Application Management

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

AppXSvc

AppX Deployment Service (AppXSVC)

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Running

Stopped

AssignedAccessManager

Assigned Access Manager Service

Stopped

Stopped

tzautoupdate

Auto Time Zone Updater

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

BthAvctcpSvc

AVCTP Service

 

 

 

 

Stopped

BITS

Background Intelligent Transfer Ser…

Running

Stopped

Stopped

Running

Stopped

BrokerInfrastru

Background Tasks Infrastructure Ser…

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

BFE

Base Filtering Engine

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

BDESVC

BitLocker Drive Encryption Service

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

wbengine

Block Level Backup Engine Service

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

BthHFSrv

Bluetooth Handsfree Service

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

bthserv

Bluetooth Support Service

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

PeerDistSvc

BranchCache

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

camsvc

Capability Access Manager Servic

Stopped

Stopped

CertPropSvc

Certificate Propagation

Stopped

Running

Running

Running

Running

CaptureService

CaptureService

 

 

 

 

Stopped

ClipSVC

Client License Service (ClipSVC)

Running

Running

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

KeyIso

CNG Key Isolation

Stopped

Stopped

Running

Running

Stopped

EventSystem

COM+ Event System

Stopped

Running

Running

Running

Running

COMSysApp

COM+ System Application

Running

Running

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Browser

Computer Browser

Stopped

Stopped

Running

CDPSvc

Connected Devices Platform Service

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

CDPUserSvc_4e094

Connected Devices Platform User Ser…

Running

Running

Running

Running

DiagTrack

Connected User Experiences and Tele…

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

PimIndexMainten

Contact Data_4e094

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Running

CoreMessagingRe

CoreMessaging

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

VaultSvc

Credential Manager

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

CryptSvc

Cryptographic Services

Stopped

Running

Running

Running

Running

DsSvc

Data Sharing Service

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Running

DusmSvc

Data Usage

Running

Running

Running

DcpSvc

DataCollectionPublishingService

Running

Stopped

 

DcomLaunch

DCOM Server Process Launcher

Stopped

Running

Running

Running

Running

DoSvc

Delivery Optimization

Running

Running

Running

Stopped

Stopped

DeviceAssociati

Device Association Service

Stopped

Stopped

Running

Stopped

Stopped

DeviceInstall

Device Install Service

Stopped

Running

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

DmEnrollmentSvc

Device Management Enrollment Service

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

DsmSvc

Device Setup Manager

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

DevicePickerUser

Device Picker

 

Stopped

DevicesFlowUser

DevicesFlow_4e094

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

DevQueryBroker

DevQuery Background Discovery Broker

Running

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Dhcp

DHCP Client

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

diagsvc

Diagnostic Execution Service

Stopped

Stopped

DPS

Diagnostic Policy Service

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

WdiServiceHost

Diagnostic Service Host

Stopped

Running

Running

Running

Running

WdiSystemHost

Diagnostic System Host

Running

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

TrkWks

Distributed Link Tracking Client

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

MSDTC

Distributed Transaction Coordinator

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

dmwappushservice

dmwappushsvc

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Dnscache

DNS Client

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

MapsBroker

Downloaded Maps Manager

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

embeddedmode

Embedded Mode

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

EFS

Encrypting File System (EFS)

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

EntAppSvc

Enterprise App Management Service

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

EapHost

Extensible Authentication Protocol

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Fax

Fax

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

fhsvc

File History Service

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

fdPHost

Function Discovery Provider Host

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

FDResPub

Function Discovery Resource Publica

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

BcastDVRUserService

GameDVR and Broadcast User Service

 

 

 

Stopped

lfsvc

Geolocation Service

Stopped

Running

Running

Running

Running

GraphicsPerfSvc

Graphics Performance Service

Stopped

Stopped

gpsvc

Group Policy Client

Running

Stopped

Stopped

Running

Stopped

HomeGroupListener

HomeGroup Listener

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

HomeGroupProvider

HomeGroup Provider

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

hidserv

Human Interface Device Service

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

HvHost

HV Host Service

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

vmickvpexchange

Hyper-V Data Exchange Service

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

vmicguestinterface

Hyper-V Guest Service Interface

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

vmicshutdown

Hyper-V Guest Shutdown Service

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

vmicheartbeat

Hyper-V Heartbeat Service

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

vmicvmsession

Hyper-V PowerShell Direct Service

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

vmicrdv

Hyper-V Remote Desktop Virtualizati

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

vmictimesync

Hyper-V Time Synchronization Service

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

vmicvss

Hyper-V Volume Shadow Copy Requestor

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

IKEEXT

IKE and AuthIP IPsec Keying Modules

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

irmon

Infrared monitor service

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

InstallService

Windows Store Install Service

Stopped

 

UI0Detect

Interactive Services Detection

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

SharedAccess

Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

IEEtwCollectorS

Internet Explorer ETW Collector Ser…

Stopped

 

iphlpsvc

IP Helper

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

IpxlatCfgSvc

IP Translation Configuration Service

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

PolicyAgent

IPsec Policy Agent

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

KtmRm

KtmRm for Distributed Transaction C…

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

lltdsvc

Link-Layer Topology Discovery Mapper

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

LSM

Local Session Manager

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

wlpasvc

LPA Service

Stopped

Stopped

MessagingServic

MessagingService_4e094

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

diagnosticshub….

Microsoft (R) Diagnostics Hub Stand…

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

wlidsvc

Microsoft Account Sign-in Assistant

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Running

AppVClient

Microsoft App-V Client

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

MSiSCSI

Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

NgcSvc

Microsoft Passport

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

NgcCtnrSvc

Microsoft Passport Container

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

swprv

Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Prov…

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

smphost

Microsoft Storage Spaces SMP

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

SmsRouter

Microsoft Windows SMS Router Service.

Stopped

Running

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

NaturalAuthenti

Natural Authentication

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

NetTcpPortSharing

Net.Tcp Port Sharing Service

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Netlogon

Netlogon

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

NcdAutoSetup

Network Connected Devices Auto-Setup

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

NcbService

Network Connection Broker

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

Netman

Network Connections

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

NcaSvc

Network Connectivity Assistant

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

netprofm

Network List Service

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

NlaSvc

Network Location Awareness

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

NetSetupSvc

Network Setup Service

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

nsi

Network Store Interface Service

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

CscService

Offline Files

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

defragsvc

Optimize drives

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

WpcMonSvc

Parental Controls

 

 

Stopped

SEMgrSvc

Payments and NFC/SE Manager

Stopped

Stopped

Running

PNRPsvc

Peer Name Resolution Protocol

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

p2psvc

Peer Networking Grouping

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

p2pimsvc

Peer Networking Identity Manager

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

PerfHost

Performance Counter DLL Host

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

pla

Performance Logs & Alerts

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

PhoneSvc

Phone Service

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

PlugPlay

Plug and Play

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

PNRPAutoReg

PNRP Machine Name Publication Service

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

WPDBusEnum

Portable Device Enumerator Service

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Power

Power

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

Spooler

Print Spooler

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

PrintNotify

Printer Extensions and Notifications

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

PrintWorkdlowUser

Printer Workflow

Stopped

Stopped

wercplsupport

Problem Reports and Solutions Contr…

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

PcaSvc

Program Compatibility Assistant Ser…

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

QWAVE

Quality Windows Audio Video Experience

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

RmSvc

Radio Management Service

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

RasAuto

Remote Access Auto Connection Manager

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

RasMan

Remote Access Connection Manager

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

SessionEnv

Remote Desktop Configuration

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

TermService

Remote Desktop Services

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

UmRdpService

Remote Desktop Services UserMode Po…

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

RpcSs

Remote Procedure Call (RPC)

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

RpcLocator

Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

RemoteRegistry

Remote Registry

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

RetailDemo

Retail Demo Service

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

RemoteAccess

Routing and Remote Access

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

RpcEptMapper

RPC Endpoint Mapper

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

seclogon

Secondary Logon

Running

Running

Running

Stopped

Stopped

SstpSvc

Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol Se…

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

SamSs

Security Accounts Manager

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

wscsvc

Security Center

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

SensorDataService

Sensor Data Service

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

SensrSvc

Sensor Monitoring Service

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

SensorService

Sensor Service

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

LanmanServer

Server

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

shpamsvc

Shared PC Account Manager

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

ShellHWDetection

Shell Hardware Detection

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

SCardSvr

Smart Card

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

ScDeviceEnum

Smart Card Device Enumeration Service

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

SCPolicySvc

Smart Card Removal Policy

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

SNMPTRAP

SNMP Trap

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

sppsvc

Software Protection

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

SharedRealitySvc

Spatial Data Service

 

 

 

Stopped

Stopped

svsvc

Spot Verifier

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

SSDPSRV

SSDP Discovery

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

StateRepository

State Repository Service

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

WiaRpc

Still Image Acquisition Events

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

StorSvc

Storage Service

Stopped

Stopped

Running

Running

Running

TieringEngineSe

Storage Tiers Management

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

SysMain

Superfetch

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

OneSyncSvc_4e094

Sync Host_4e094

Running

Running

Stopped

Running

SENS

System Event Notification Service

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

SystemEventsBroker

System Events Broker

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

Schedule

Task Scheduler

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

lmhosts

TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

TapiSrv

Telephony

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Themes

Themes

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

tiledatamodelsvc

Tile Data model server

Running

Running

Running

Running

TimeBrokerSvc

Time Broker

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

TabletInputService

Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Pane…

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Running

Running

UsoSvc

Update Orchestrator Service

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

upnphost

UPnP Device Host

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

UserDataSvc_4e094

User Data Access_4e094

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Running

UnistoreSvc_4e094

User Data Storage_4e094

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Running

UevAgentService

User Experience Virtualization Service

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

UserManager

User Manager

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

ProfSvc

User Profile Service

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

vds

Virtual Disk

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

VSS

Volume Shadow Copy

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

VacSvc

Volumetric Audio Compositor Service

 

 

 

Stopped

WalletService

WalletService

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

WarpJITSvc

WarpJITSvc

Stopped

Running

TokenBroker

Web Account Manager

 

 

Running

Running

Running

WebClient

WebClient

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

WFDSConMgrSvc

Wi-Fi Direct Services Connection Ma…

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Audiosrv

Windows Audio

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

AudioEndpointBu

Windows Audio Endpoint Builder

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

SDRSVC

Windows Backup

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

WbioSrvc

Windows Biometric Service

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

FrameServer

Windows Camera Frame Server

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

WcsPlugInService

Windows Color System

 

wcncsvc

Windows Connect Now – Config Registrar

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Wcmsvc

Windows Connection Manager

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

Sense

Windows Defender Advanced Threat Pr…

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

WdNisSvc

Windows Defender Antivirus Network …

Running

Running

Running

Running

Stopped

WinDefend

Windows Defender Antivirus Service

Running

Running

Running

Running

Stopped

Mpssvc

Windows Defender Firewall

Running

SecurityHealthS

Windows Defender Security Center Se…

Running

Running

Running

wudfsvc

Windows Driver Foundation – User-mo…

Stopped

Running

Stopped

WEPHOSTSVC

Windows Encryption Provider Host Se…

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

WerSvc

Windows Error Reporting Service

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Wecsvc

Windows Event Collector

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

EventLog

Windows Event Log

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

FontCache

Windows Font Cache Service

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

stisvc

Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

wisvc

Windows Insider Service

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

msiserver

Windows Installer

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

LicenseManager

Windows License Manager Service

Stopped

Stopped

Running

Running

Running

Winmgmt

Windows Management Instrumentation

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

WMPNetworkSvc

Windows Media Player Network Sharin

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

icssvc

Windows Mobile Hotspot Service

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

TrustedInstaller

Windows Modules Installer

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

spectrum

Windows Perception Service

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

FontCache3.0.0.0

Windows Presentation Foundation

 

 

 

Stopped

WpnService

Windows Push Notifications System S…

Stopped

Running

Running

Stopped

Running

WpnUserService_…

Windows Push Notifications User Ser…

Stopped

Running

Running

Running

PushToInstall

Windows Push to Install Service

 

 

 

Stopped

Stopped

WinRM

Windows Remote Management (WS-Manag

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Running

WSearch

Windows Search

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

WSService

Windows Store Service (WSService)

Stopped

 

W32Time

Windows Time

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

wuauserv

Windows Update

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Running

WaaSMedicSvc

Windows Upate Medic Service

 

 

 

Stopped

WinHttpAutoProx

WinHTTP Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Se…

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

dot3svc

Wired AutoConfig

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

WlanSvc

WLAN AutoConfig

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

wmiApSrv

WMI Performance Adapter

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

workfolderssvc

Work Folders

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

LanmanWorkstation

Workstation

Running

Running

Running

Running

Running

WwanSvc

WWAN AutoConfig

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

XboxGipSvc

Xbox Accessory Management Service

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

xbgm

Xbox Game Monitoring

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

XblAuthManager

Xbox Live Auth Manager

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

XblGameSave

Xbox Live Game Save

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

XboxNetApiSvc

Xbox Live Networking Service

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Stopped

Note: For Windows Search, consider leaving it active but change the index parameters to only include indexing of the Windows Start Menu.

Daniel (Follow on Twitter @djfeller)
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  1. Device Association Service needs to left running and no alteration. If disabled it can cause a login issues with no username/password appearing and unable to lock/unlock sessions

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    1. I don’t believe the table recommends disabling the service. “Only services with a green, orange and red shading should be considered for disabling”. The default setting for DeviceAssociationService is Manual (Trigger Start).

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