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Service Control - Create, Start, Stop, Query orDelete any Windows SERVICE. The command options for SC are case sensitive.



Service Control - Create, Start, Stop, Query orDelete any Windows SERVICE. The command options for SC are case sensitive.

Syntax SC [\\server] [command] [service_name] [Options]Key server : The machine where the service is running service_name : The KeyName of the service, this is often but not always the same as the DisplayName shown in Control Panel, Services. You can get the KeyName by running:  SC GetKeyName <DisplayName> commands: query [qryOpt] Show status queryEx [qryOpt] Show extended info - pid, flags GetDisplayName Show the DisplayName GetKeyName Show the ServiceKeyName EnumDepend Show Dependencies qc Show config - dependencies, full path etc start START a service. stop STOP a service pause PAUSE a service. continue CONTINUE a service. create Create a service. (add it to the registry) config permanently change the service configuration delete Delete a service (from the registry) control Send a control to a service interrogate Send an INTERROGATE control request to a service Qdescription Query the description of a service description Change the description of a service Qfailure Query the actions taken by a service upon failure failure Change the actions taken by a service upon failure sdShow Display a service's security descriptor using SDDL SdSet Sets a service's security descriptor using SDDL qryOpt: type= driver|service|all Query specific types of service state= active|inactive|all Query services in a particular state only bufsize= bytes  ri= resume_index_number (default=0) group= groupname Query services in a particular group Misc commands that don’t require a service name: SC QueryLock Query the LockStatus for the ServiceManager Database. this will show if a service request is running SC Lock Lock the Service Database SC BOOT Values are {ok | bad} Indicates whether to save  the last restart configuration as the `last-known-good` restart configuration Options The CREATE and CONFIG commands allow additional service options to be set e.g. to disable a service: SC config "Name of Service" start= disabled see the built-in help for more: 'SC create' and 'SC config'

Note the qryOpt options above are case sensitive - they must be entered in lower case, also the position of spaces and = must be exactly as shown.

The SC command duplicates some aspects of the NET command but adds the ability to create a service.
SC query will display if a service is running, giving output like this:


To retrieve specific information from SC's output, pipe into FIND or FindStr

 C:\> SC query messenger | FIND "STATE" | FIND "STOPPED" C:\> SC query messenger | FIND "STATE" | FIND "RUNNING"

The statements above will return an %ERRORLEVEL% = 1 if the text is not found

IF errorlevel 1 GOTO :my_subroutine

The NET START command can be used in a similar way to check if a service is running:

 NET START | FIND "Service name" > nul IF errorlevel 1 ECHO The service is not running

The service control manager will normally wait up to 30 seconds to allow a service to start, you can modify this time (30,000 milliseconds) in the registry

ServicesPipeTimeout (REG_DWORD)

Some options only take effect at the point when the service is started e.g. the SC config command allows the executable of a service to be changed. When the service next starts up it will run the new executable. Config changes requires the current user to have “permission to configure the service”.


 SC GetKeyName "task scheduler" SC GetDisplayName schedule  SC start schedule SC QUERY schedule SC CONFIG "Schedule" start= disabled SC QUERY type= driver SC QUERY state= all |findstr "DISPLAY_NAME STATE" >svc_installed.txt  SC \\myServer CONFIG myService obj= LocalSystem password= mypassword SC CONFIG MyService binPath=c:\myprogram.exe obj=".\LocalSystem" password=""

Enable remote registry access on computer64:

 SC \\computer64 config remoteregistry start= auto SC \\computer64 start remoteregistry

Watch out for extra spaces:
SC QUERY state= all Works
SC QUERY state =all Fails!

“There is always room at the top” ~ Daniel Webster


DELSRV - Delete a service
INSTSRV - Install a service (run under a specific account)
NET - manage network resources
PsService - View and control services
Svcmon - Monitor services and raise an alert if they stop. (Win 2K ResKit)
Svcacls - Service ACL Editor (Win 2K ResKit)
SUBINACL - Set service permissions
WMIC SERVICE - WMI access to services
List of Windows Services
Q251192 - Create a Windows Service using SC
Q166819 - Control Services Remotely
Q170738 - Debug a Windows Service
Powershell: Get-Service - Get a list of services
Equivalent bash command (Linux): nice - Change job scheduling priority