Friday, March 31, 2006

Starting/Stopping Windows Services (Part 2)

Sometimes there is a need to start, stop or disable specific Windows services. Although you have to be careful what you stop, some services are dependent on others, so if you stop one you will disable or stop another. Also some services are critical for the system to be able to run properly. Now you have been warned, so consider carefully what you stop.

When managing services on your local computer you may notice that some are started, while others are stopped. You may also notice that some are set to Manual (they have to be manually started), Automatic (they start automatically when the computer boots), and Disabled (they can't be started at all, unless you change their state).

Below are the instructions for managing these services:

  • From the Start menu select All Programs | Administrative Tools, and then select Services.
  • Scroll through the list of services till you find the service you want to stop.
  • Right-click the service you want to manage and select Properties.
  • In the General tab, under the 'Startup Type' dropdown box you can select the service start state (Automatic, Manual, or Disable). You can also start, stop, pause, or resume the service process from this dialog.
  • Press the OK button when done.

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