Stopping running services

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 24 April 2013 / Last Updated on 24 April 2013]

A tip on stopping running services on Windows computer.

Before you use stop a running service using the net stop command or Services MMC snap-in on a Windows computer, you should find out if any other services have a dependency on the service you want to stop. That's because stopping a service will stop any dependent services too, and if any of these dependent services are needed in your environment then undesirable things might happen.

A quick way of listing any dependent services for service_name is to run the command sc enumdepend service_name from a command prompt.

Mitch Tulloch is an eight-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization.  For more information about him, see

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Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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