What is the Desktop Window Manager Session Manager (UxSms) service?

An explanation of the Desktop Window Manager Session Manager (UxSms) service in Windows 7.

What does the Desktop Window Manager Session Manager (UxSms) service do?

The Desktop Window Manager Session Manager Service is responsible for the pretty window effects in Windows Vista and 7. The transparent windows and live taskbar thumbnail previews are some of what the UxSms service is responsible for.

Desktop Window Manager Session Manager (UxSms) service details

  • Service name: UxSms
  • Description: Provides Desktop Window Manager startup and maintenance services.
  • Path to executable: C:\windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
  • Startup type: Automatic

Does my computer need the Desktop Window Manager Session Manager (UxSms) service?

Your computer doesn’t need the UxSms service to run, but all of the cool looking window affects that make Windows Vista and 7 really useful will stop working.

Should I disable the Desktop Window Manager Session Manager (UxSms) service?

First off, I have to say that it’s best to leave service optimization up to Microsoft. With that said; I would leave the UxSms service running.

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