Safely remove services and how to remove them?

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by MCE2k5, Jun 12, 2007.

  1. MCE2k5

    MCE2k5 Guest

    I'd like to regain a little horsepower by killing and removing unused MCE2k5
    specific processes such as the eh*exe's that loading at boot.

    I was not able to get used to the MCE interface early on so back-stepped to
    using the OEM Nvidia driver's capability to send out the full screen overlay
    to S-Video or VGA out. This resulted in essentially an XP SP2 PC with a
    Windows Media Player always opened and maximized while ALT+TABing to do
    other tasks like browse and read e-mail (on the monitor not the HD video

    In the subsequent year all additional codecs for both encoding and decoding
    video and audio were evaled and purchased with the stability and useability
    of WMP top priority. Everything is a direct show filter or a third party
    splitter and a direct show filter. Some are not ready for Vista (yet?) and a
    few are not planning to upgrade to Vista. My "remote" is a wireless game
    controller with programmable buttons and "Magic Mouse" capability. It was
    designed to plays PC games that normally need a keyboard using a game
    controller. You program for example joystick and hat to control the mouse
    and assign buttons to things like Enter and Shift+F10.

    Since I'm doing a lot more video and audio editing and conversion I'd like
    to regain even a little horsepower by killing and removing unused MCE
    specific processes such as all the eh*exe's loading at startup. Also I want
    to kill the extender service that comes back all the time like bad chilli.

    Anyone done this or have any suggestions on how to proceed. It's an HP box
    which means installing only XPSP2 is not possible since I get just a
    recovery image not an OS disk. HP is understandably unwilling to help.
    Everything works great, most stable and productive PC I have ever had,
    except for the Media Center component, and I'm just wanting to free up

    MCE2k5, Jun 12, 2007
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    Nigel Barker Guest

    With a modern PC those background services are going to be a trivial load on the system particularly
    if you aren't actually using any of the features of MCE. However if you really want to stop them
    then you can just set them to not start at boot time. Start>Run>services.msc then find the 3 MCE
    services Media Center Extender Service, Media Center Receiver Service & Media Center Scheduler
    Service. Right click on each in turn & highlight Properties & then change Startup type from
    Automatic to Disabled.


    Nigel Barker
    Live from the sunny Cote d'Azur
    Nigel Barker, Jun 12, 2007
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    MCE2k5 Guest

    12 Jun 2007 Nigel Barker wrote
    Turning them off seems to go OK except for a DCOM failed to start error for
    service: {4B635ECB-0887-4015-8CA6-D621362F98D1} and a few i8042prt errors
    about failing to set the typematic rate and keyboard lights still everything
    seems to work

    I think I'll leave them on as you initially suggested. Maybe they don't use
    hardly any horsepower at all until Media Center is loaded. Spooky errors
    bother me more than background services. So thanks for the tip.
    MCE2k5, Jun 13, 2007
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