What’s an “Automatic (Delayed start)” Service?

I have a Lenovo Thinkpad with Win7. In looking at Services (through Computer Management) there are services that are ‘Automatic’ start, and others that are ‘Automatic (Delayed Start)’. What is the difference? Can I speed up Start Up, or regular operation, by changing seldom used services from Automatic to Automatic (Delayed start)?


Or, rather, I wouldn’t; not without knowing one whole heck of a lot more about the specific services we’re talking about and how they’re used by Windows.

You see, services – autostart or not, delayed or not – kinda sorta are Windows. And by tweaking what does and doesn’t start and when, you’re pretty much saying you know what’s good for Windows better than Windows does itself.

Let’s look at just what these things are and why we need them.

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