SOLVED Xbox Live services needed?


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I don't have an Xbox and don't use my computer for gaming. Windows 10 Settings includes a Gaming group and within it is the Xbox Networking setting menu. It shows Xbox Live services "Up and running." Is this necessary for anything on my system?

I found the following services with their status & startup type:

Xbox Accessory Management Service. not running, Manual (trigger start)
Xbox Live Auth Manager, Running, Manual
Xbox Live Game Save. not running, Manual (trigger start)
Xbox Live Networking Service, Running, Manual

I don't notice any performance issues but my hard drive seems to run sometimes for no reason. Can I disable any or all of these services without harm?

Thanks.
 
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None of the Services you have mentioned are needed, if you are not using XBox.

I never use it myself, and uninstall it each time I do a Feature Update of Windows 10.

If you do not intend on using XBox you can also manually remove the Services by using the Service Control Manage command-line tool:
  1. Type cmd into the Cortana search field, then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys together simultaneously
  2. When the User Account Control dialog appears, click Yes, to allow an Command Prompt (Admin) to open
  3. With the Administrator: Command Prompt dialog now open, at the prompt type the following four commands, pressing Enter after each command to execute them:

    Code:
    SC Delete XblAuthManager
    Press Enter key, then type the following command:

    Code:
    SC Delete XblGameSave
    Press Enter key, then type the following command:

    Code:
    SC Delete XboxGipSvc
    Press Enter key, then type the following command:

    Code:
    SC Delete XboxNetApiSvc
    Press Enter key, then type exit and press Enter key to close the Administrator: Command Prompt

    Sample image

    cnd.png



  4. Click Start and scroll down the list of applications, then right-click on XBox and select Uninstall

    Note:
    To remove all XBox packages, like the gamebar etcetera, you will need to run an Administrator: Windows PowerShell console:

  5. Type PowerShell into the Cortana search field, then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys together
  6. When the User Account Control appears, click Yes to allow Windows PowerShell (Admin) to open
  7. Now at the prompt, inside the Administrator: Windows PowerShell console, type the following command:

    Code:
    Get-AppxPackage *xbox* | Remove-AppxPackage
    Press Enter key to execute the command, then when done, type exit and press Enter key to close the console

    Sample image

    ps.png


    Don't worry about all that Deployment failed text in red! If you now click Start and scroll down your application list, you will see both XBox and the XBox Gamebar are no longer listed.

    Note: When Microsoft next releases a Feature update for Windows 10, which I believe will be January 15, 2020, you will need to remove XBox and its services again, assuming you still do not want them, as that update will reinstall them.

Regards,

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Thanks for the very thorough instructions! But, rather than running these commands every time Windows 10 gets an update, would my system get the same benefit by simply using services.msc to change the Startup type: to Disabled? If so, it's a much quicker fix that I'll easily remember. I don't mind that XBox and the XBox Gamebar are left.
 
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Yes if you prefer to simply disable them via Services dialog that is fine.
 

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