Control Windows Services with Service Controller

Over time, your computer may get less responsive. The more programs you install, the longer it may take for Windows to start-up. Although it’s a good idea to have some programs start at boot-up, running others may just waste resources and extend startup time, unnecessarily. It is fairly easy to turn off/disable Windows services if they are few in number and are not required however, if there tons of them it becomes a task to disable each of them manually. As such, having an application at hand, well capable of managing services, may come across as a handy tool. That’s what Service Controller is designed to do.

Service Controller helps you take some load off the system when the OS initializes. It minimizes the process involved while controlling Windows Services. It lets you create a custom list of Windows services to control manually within a single place, easily and more effectively.  The program lets you manage (start, stop, restart) them in single click.

Service Controller for Windows

Service Controller requires you to have .NET Framework 3.5 installed on your system. If you do not have it, you will have to get it from Microsoft site. The installer guides you through the steps required to install Service Controller on your computer. Once the installation process is complete, you will see a gear and tool icon on your computer screen.

Double-click on the icon to start the program. You will be greeted by a simple interface having very simple options to add/remove apps from the startup. For adding a new service, simply click on ‘Add Service’ button.

Service Controller - Add Service

When asked to browse, select the service you would like to manage via Service Controller.

Service Controller - Add Service details

A list of the Windows Services will be shown.

Service Controller - Add Service browse

Select a service from the list and hit the ‘OK’ button.

Service Controller - Add Service added

Next, when shown the status of the service, take the desired action (Stop/Start/Restart).

Service Controller - Add Service stopped

Now, to remove a service from the start-up, click on Remove Service option and select the service from the list.

Service Controller - Add Service remove

Currently, the program has support for just 2 services and for additional services you are required to contact the developer.

You can download Service Controller from here.

There is a similar tool called Enhanced Services Explorer for Windows available from TechNet. You may want to check it out too!

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