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Easily restore Windows services to default settings with a web app

I don't know how they manage to do it, but they do. Every now and then a customer drops off a system for repair and things that a home user should ever need to monkey with - things like TCP/IP settings, registry entries, Windows services - have been mangled beyond recognition.

Services in particular can be a big pain to reset, simply because of how many their are. Fortunately, there's an incredibly handy web app which makes the process a whole lot easier. supports Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7. Click the appropriate version, and you're presented with a comprehensive list of radio buttons covering all the built-in services. Scroll through the list and toggle any values you don't want set to the default Microsoft settings and press the submit button. You'll receive a .reg file which you can then merge with the Windows registry.

It's quite a bit faster than clicking through services.msc manually to get things back to normal and (obviously) doesn't even require an install. Slick!

Tags: defaults, management, registry, restore, services, services.msc, windows