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System Services security settings

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

System Services security settings

To locate this security setting in the console tree in Microsoft Management Console (MMC), see Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\System Services


Allows an administrator to define the startup mode (manual, automatic, or disabled) as well as the access permissions (Start, Stop, or Pause) for all system services.

Default: Undefined.


  • This setting does not appear in the Local Computer Policy object.

  • If you choose to set system service startup to Automatic, perform adequate testing to verify that the services can start without user intervention.

  • For performance optimization, set unnecessary or unused services to Manual.

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