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Chapter 3.  Configuring System Software ... > Enable or disable a service

3.1. Enable or disable a service

Windows 2000 Setup by default installs a lot of system components, including some you might not really need or want. While you could remove these components altogether, you might prefer to simply disable them, particularly if you think you might use them in the future. Or, you might simply need to turn off a Windows 2000 component temporarily for performance reasons. The same could hold true for certain third-party applications that you install on the system—there could be an occasion when you want to temporarily turn off the application (such as turning off a virus monitor prior to installing software).

In many cases Windows 2000 components such as Fax, Index Server, Telnet, and ftp (to name just a few) operate as services. A service is essentially an application that Windows 2000 can start automatically and that can function outside the framework of the user interface. Unlike a word processor, for example, the service application can start up when the system boots and function even when no user is logged on. So most services run all the time, even when no one is logged on.


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