Sometimes your Windows Service needs to be opened and managed. You may intend to start, stop, enable or disable a specific service. At this time, you can get help by Windows Services which is a built-in Windows operating system tool. You can enable, disable, start and stop the services in different ways. In this article, we will guide you with all those methods to perform these actions on services. Windows Services are those services that run in the background right after booting the Windows operating system.

Enable, disable, start and stop a service in Windows 10

There are different ways to open Service Manager and perform these actions on a service.

Run Command Method to open and change the service status

Following is the method through Run command. Follow the following steps to change the status of service through the Run command:

Right-click on the Start button, select Run option.

Run command

A dialogue box will appear. Type service.msc in front of Open text box. Click OK or press Enter.

Run command dialogue box

As you will click OK or press the Enter button, the following screen will open:

List of services

The above image is showing 5 columns. Name of the service, its description, status of service, startup type and log on as.

Now click on any service on which you want to perform actions e.g. enable, disable, start & stop.

Right-click on any service and click Start option to start that service. You can also Start the service by clicking on it and select Start option from the left side of the screen. As below image is indicating:

Start Windows 10 service

As you will select the Start option, Windows will process to start the service. As below image shows:

Starting service ...

When the service will be started, its status will be changed to Running and you will be able to perform more action on this service e.g. Stop, Restart, etc.

Stop or restart service

Now if you want to Stop the service, you can right-click on the service and select Stop or select Stop option from the left side of the screen. As highlighted in the below image:

Stop a service in Windows 10

Now the service has been stopped.

To enable and disable the service through the Run option, follow the following steps:

Double click on the service or right click on the service and select Properties. As below image is indicating:

Windows Service properties

The same dialogue box will open by selecting either option mentioned above. Following dialogue box will appear:

Service startup type

Select the General tab. Select Startup Type as Disabled to make the service disable. Click Apply and OK button. As the above image is indicating:

As you have made the service disable, now it is showing the status disabled. As below image shows:

Startup type disabled

Similarly, you can enable the service by double-clicking on it or right click and select Properties. Select Startup Type as Automatic to enable the service.

Control Panel method to open the Service Manager

Another option to open Service Manager in Control Panel. Another procedure to start, stop, enable and disable the services is the same.

Click the Search button, type Control Panel in the search bar. Select the Control Panel option. As below image is showing:

Windows Control Panel

The following screen will appear, select Administrative Tools menu.

Administrative Tools

The below screen will appear and select the Services option.

Services

The rest of the procedure is the same as mentioned above.

Windows PowerShell’s method to change the service status

Right-click the Start button and select Windows PowerShell (admin) option. As below image is showing:

Open PowerShell with administrative permissions

PowerShell screen will open. Type:

net start "Service name"

and press Enter to start a service. As below image is indicating:

Start a Windows service using PowerShell

Type:

net stop "Service name"

and press Enter to stop the service. As below image is indicating:

Stop a service using PowerShell

Open Service Manager through Taskbar

Right-click on the taskbar and select Task Manager Option as below image is showing:

Task Manager

Below screen will appear and select the Services tab.

Services Tab

As Services will be selected, the following screen will appear:

Listing of Windows Services

Rest of the procedure to start and stop the service is the same.

Conclusion

There are many ways to perform a task in the Windows operating system. Similarly, there are many ways to start, stop, enable and disable the selected services. You can perform these actions through run command, control panel, PowerShell and taskbar option. You can access Service Manager through different menus but the procedure to change the status of the service is the same. To change the service’s status through PowerShell you need to know the commands of start and stop. All the mentioned procedure are defined in this article thoroughly.

How to Enable, Disable, Start and Stop a Service in Windows 10
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Karim Buzdar

About the Author: Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. He blogs at LinuxWays.

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