The Service applet starts in Extended Mode by Default, with a taskpad on the left of the services pane. This view mode was introduced in XP. As I find it not very usefull, I like to use the Standard view as default, and without the Console tree.
Before & After Images:
With XP, setting up was easy:
Start mmc /a services.msc
Make all changes on the view, like switching to Standard view, switchting off Console tree, aso.
Whenever you call services.msc
, or the Services applet using Control Panel, the "classic" view is shown, allowing for a better overview and more description readable.
Vista and Windows 7 (and above)
With Vista and Windows 7, protection mechanisms and Internationalization make it more difficult.
First, all system files, including the *.msc
, are protected. You can't overwrite them by default. Instead of using System File Protection like XP, Vista is relying on correct file access permissions. Hence the system files are owned by TrustedInstaller
, and all other users including Administrators do have Read and Execute permission. We need to change this (later).
Second, many system files are located in a language dependant subfolder. Usually, there are only MUI files to replace text, but .msc
files are "mirrored" as a whole. The file in system32
is just a placeholder (I suppose for compatibility reasons).
Taken together, this means we have to unprotect and change a file in a system32