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is it ok to disable this service?

Can I disable Terminal Services if I am not using remote help/remote desktop?

I use Windoes Vista 32 bit home premium

I thought Vista did not have remote desktop? Isn't terminal services the same as remote desktop?

When I go MyComputer> Right Click>Properties>Remote Settings
the Box for "Allow Remote Assisnatnce" is NOT CHECKED

But when I run Netstat -ano I see that port 3389 is listening
when I checal what services are connected with this particular svchost.exe, I see the following services:

Cryptographic services
DNS client
network location awareness
KtmRm for distributed transaction coordination
and terminal services

Seems like at one point several years ago I allowed someone from microsoft to help me via remote assistance so could that have enabled or downloaded terminal services?

Anyway, I think Terminal Services is causing port 3389 to remain open and thus getting unsolicited connection attempts from various IP addresses.

I tried a little experiment and ended the Terminal Services and changed the start up status to manuel. When I ran netstat -ano again, It did not show port 3389 listening

However, when I restarted my computer Terminal Services was running again. So I ended it again but this time disabled the service. When I ran net stat -ano it showed terminal services not running. then when I restarted my computer, terminal services did no turn back on and port 3389 was not shown as listening

SO my question is, as a user of Vista who does not use remote desktop or remote desktop help,

1. CAN I Keep Terminal Services disabled?

2. Will it cause me any other functioning issues or any security issues if it remains in diabled status?

3. Will having it disabled cause me to not be able to get scheduled updates?

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Just a quick reply

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this service keeps port 3389 open

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and thus unsolicited IPs attempt to make connections.

Isn't Terminal Services only to do with remote desk top and remote help service?

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