Find the List of Installed Drivers and Services in the System

If you wanted to find all the drivers or the services installed in the system, what would you do? To view the services, you would type services.msc and go to drivers menu to find the installed drivers.

Compared to this long process, you can get a list of all the drivers and services installed in your system with the help of this free app called ServiWin. ServiWin utility displays the list of installed drivers and services on your system. For some of them, additional useful information is displayed: file description, version, product name, company that created the driver file, and more. Continue reading “Find the List of Installed Drivers and Services in the System”

Delay Start Services in Windows

You must have known this by now that you boot up Windows, there are many services that run in the background. When you open services menu, you could actually see what services are running, are disabled from running or are scheduled to run.

Yes you read that right, there is a new option in Windows (starting Windows Vista) that you can configure some services in Windows to delay start. Well not many people have known this, so thought of sharing the info with all. Continue reading “Delay Start Services in Windows”

Disable GoogleUpdate.exe Process running in Background

If you are more into process details then you must have come across this process called GoogleUpdate.exe. You must have noticed this annoying process after you have installed Google product like Google Chrome browser or any other Google Product.

What is GoogleUpdate.exe process?

GoogleUpdate.exe is an update process from Google that runs on its own in the background to update the already installed Google product and download the new version. The process runs in the background and checks for the updates automatically. Continue reading “Disable GoogleUpdate.exe Process running in Background”

Manage Startup Services with Service Tuner

Start-up services are the services that run in the background when the computer is turned on. These background services are also responsible for the time taken by the computer to boot.

Thus if you are facing the problem of slow system startup then you need to have a look at these services first. But the simpler way to manage these services is the tool called Service Tuner. Service Tuner is a utility that lets users tweak the start-up state of the background services using some Continue reading “Manage Startup Services with Service Tuner”

[Solved] User Name Missing from the Task Manager

One of our readers submitted this problem of not being able to view the names of the users under the User Name tab of the Task Manager while System was listed as usual.

This is very unusual thing and can happen immediately after the system is booted up that is before the system is fully processed. If the user name field is blank under the Processes tab then try the following solution. Continue reading “[Solved] User Name Missing from the Task Manager”

Detect and Find Windows Services Running in the Background

Windows make use of lots of services to run properly, thus figuring out which process belong to Windows and which not, is a bit difficult task.

For every function in Windows there is a service linked to it which you can see for yourself by typing services.msc in the Run box. This will open the Services dialog that has a list of all the services used by Windows for its proper running.

But if you wish to check which all services are actually and currently running in your system Continue reading “Detect and Find Windows Services Running in the Background”

[Solved] The Windows Installer Service could not be accessed

The problem was reported by one of our readers who was troubled by this Windows Installer service error. The following error occurred whenever we try to install a program and especially with .msi extension.

According to Microsoft, the error occurs if:

•    You are using Windows XP in Normal mode.
•    The Windows Installer Service that is included with Windows XP is unregistered or damaged. Continue reading “[Solved] The Windows Installer Service could not be accessed”

Steps to Re-enable Windows Audio Service

My friend called me yesterday as he was facing the problem of Audio not working on his computer. On being asked he told that by mistake he disabled all the services of the computer (Quite stupid, I know). But he was having a hard time to solve that problem as the services were not starting again and gave an error message each time.

Disabling the service included disabling the Windows Audio Service that resulted in audio of the system not working. Nor installing the audio drivers again solved the problem, neither restoring the system to an earlier time.

So if you also want to re-enable the Windows Audio service then try this fix:

1.    Windows Audio Service is dependent on the Plug and Play service of the computer and Continue reading “Steps to Re-enable Windows Audio Service”

Steps to Fix Access Denied to gpedit.msc Problem

My PC was working all fine until I figured out that Group Policy gpedit.msc was not opening on my system. I wanted to open the Group Policy editor for some work and I was shocked to find that not only the gpedit.msc, even the other commands with msc extensions, were not working like services.msc, devmgmt.msc, compmgmt.msc etc.

Then I tried opening the editor by double clicking the gpedit.msc inside the system32 folder and I got the same error “Access is Denied”. What was strange was that I was accessing the editor from my Administrator account only.

I tried following things:

•    The first suspect is, of course, Virus, thus I scanned my whole system with the updated Anti Virus but it didn’t find any. Continue reading “Steps to Fix Access Denied to gpedit.msc Problem”