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Published on 07.11.07 by Brent Trahan

Delay the Startup of a Service

Learn how to delay the startup of a service in Windows Vista.


If your Windows Vista computer takes too long to boot up you can delay services from starting when Windows boots up. The delayed services will start a few minutes after Windows has booted up. Delaying services helps speed up the boot process in Windows Vista because there are less programs loading into memory during the boot process.

Note: This is only recommended for non-critical services. Delaying the start of your antivirus or firewall services would leave you unprotected for a while.

Delay a Service

  1. Type Service in the search box in the Start Menu.
  2. Click Services in the search results.

    Note: If your account doesn’t have administrative privileges right-click Services and select to Run as administrator.

  3. Double-click the service you want to delay in the Services window.
  4. Change the Startup type to Automatic (Delayed Start).


  5. Click OK to apply the changes.

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  1. mike_monterrey says:

    eit how u doing? just one q?

    is this possible in home basic ..i type in service in the search box but i did not get the BITS poperties window…txs

    • Bonesy says:

      Dont type service just press the window key and R which brings up a run window,After this type services.msc or msconfig press enter then choose the service,right click it and voila

  2. lozzz says:

    what about delaying the windows sidebar (eg… automatic ( delayed start)


  3. Brent Trahan says:

    There’s no need to delay the sidebar.

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