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

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see .

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