How to open Windows Services Manager in Windows 10/8/7

At times you may need to open and manage your Windows Services. You may want to stop some service, start it, disable the service, delay its start up or resume or pause the Windows Service. At such time, the Services Manager, which is a built-in tool in the Windows operating system, will help you. This post will show you how to open your Windows Services, using Services Manager as well as the Command Prompt.

Windows Services are applications that typically start when the computer is booted and run quietly in the background until it is shut down. Strictly speaking, a service is any Windows application that is implemented with the services API and handles low-level tasks that require little or no user interaction.

How to open Windows Services Manager

To open Windows Services, Run services.msc to open the Services Manager. Here you will be able to start, stop, disable, delay Windows Services.

Let us see how to do this in a bit more detail.

Right-click on your Start button to open the WinX Menu. Select Run. This opens the Run box. Now type services.msc in it and hit Enter to open the Services Manager.

How to open Windows Services

Here under the Name column, you will see the list of Services running on your system, along with their description. You will also be able to see their Status -whether they are running or stopped, along with the Startup types.

Types of Windows Services startup

Windows 10 offers four start-ups types:

  1. Automatic
  2. Automatic (Delayed Start)
  3. Manual
  4. Disabled.

Start, stop, disable Windows Services

To start, stop, pause, resume or restart any Windows Service, select the Service and right-click on it. You will be offered these options.

If you wish to manage more options, double-click on the Service to open its Properties box.

Start, stop, disable Windows Services

Here under the Startup type drop-down menu, you will be able to select the startup type for the Service.

Under Service status, you will see buttons to Start, Stop, Pause, Resume the Service.

In the Properties box, you will also see other tabs like Log On, Recovery & Dependencies, which offer additional options and information.

Once you have made your changes, you will have to click on Apply and restart your computer, for the changes to take effect.

Manage Services using Command Line

You can also use the Command Prompt to start, stop, pause, resume service. To use it, from the WinX Menu, open Command Prompt (Admin) and execute one of the following commands:

To start a service:

net startservice

To stop a service:

net stopservice

To pause a service:

net pauseservice

To resume a service:

net continueservice

To disable a service:

sc config "Name Of Service" start= disabled

It is recommended that you not change the default settings unless you know what you are doing, as this can cause some parts of your operating system to stop working. When you stop, start, or restart a service, any dependent services are also affected, so you want to be careful here.

See this post if your Windows Services do not start.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

13 Comments

  1. Rajan

    Is it possible to move one of the services to the task bar to check the status? Thanks

  2. Abhishek Gowda

    I have accidentally stopped the service that is related to taskmgr.exe, and other related services. Is there any other ways to start these services. I have also tried starting with command prompt and powershell but could not. I am using Windows 10. Thank you in advance.

  3. Patrick

    go to the Services panel where you see a list of services that have been started. Start those that you want to

  4. Abhishek Gowda

    Thanks for the reply Patrick. The thing is I am unable to open services GUI. I can only start it through command prompt/powershell. I have lost my Admin privileges as well

  5. Patrick

    Did you try net start command?

  6. Nitish Baloni

    can i disable a service via cmd???
    i have tried sc config command and net commant, both are not working for me.
    Can anyone suggest??

  7. Doesn’t “sc config NameOfService start= disabled” work?

    Also see: https://www.thewindowsclub.com/open-windows-services

  8. Paul Preller

    my adds is gone, what now

  9. Doug

    So, if I wish to prevent Windows 10 updates from loading, what settings should I use for Startup type and Service status? (I’ve double clicked on Windows Update Properties, and changed Startup type: to Disabled. Is that correct?)

  10. Rako

    i have a fatal probleme with my keyboards ( p/s2, usb, blutooth) – win10 x64 1803 –
    the only common in all is kbdclass.sys: the device manager report error 39, missing or corrupt components.
    dependency walker reots many ext-win apistubs as missing, but other users with the same configuration and functioning keyboar cannot find those apistubs on their pc.
    i dowloaded and run winfix10, but that was of no avail too

  11. I’ve been “disabling” Windowz 10 updates via the “Services.msc” command in the “Run” box now since v1511 but with this latest 1803 upgrade it seems Windowz has learned to turn it back on to “Manual” at reboot?? So now I’ve got to figure out how to disable it yet again and that is why I was in here. Looks like no one here has seen this problem though.

    If I can’t figure this out soon, since this is a multiboot system which also runs Windows 7 and Linux Mint, if I can’ t stop these updates then I’ll just disconnect the Windows 10 drive and remove it!! Yup, I’m damn tired of Micro$haft screwing with MY computers, ie, I have three of these systems like this one and when they stop supporting Win 7 then I’ll be completely DONE with their junk and run Linux Mint only from then on.

  12. Sharon Hindle

    Windows 10 1803 shared experience will not allow my pcs to access the server at the same time. they removed home group and left everyone with shared experience but shares nothing. Microsoft is aware of this glitch but isn’t helpful

  13. Comment Wars

    So obnoxoius forcing this on me. I don’t want new apps or my computer changed, last stupid updade changed it so I could not see wifi status.

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