Remove-Service

Removes a Windows service.

Syntax

Remove-Service
      [-Name] <String>
      [-WhatIf]
      [-Confirm]
      [<CommonParameters>]
Remove-Service
      [-InputObject <ServiceController>]
      [-WhatIf]
      [-Confirm]
      [<CommonParameters>]

Description

The Remove-Service cmdlet removes a Windows service in the registry and in the service database.

Examples

Example 1: Remove a service

This removes a service named TestService.

Remove-Service -Name "TestService"

Example 2: Remove a service using the display name

This example removes a service named TestService. The command uses Get-Service to get an object that represents the TestService service using the display name. The pipeline operator (|) pipes the object to Remove-Service, which removes the service.

Get-Service -DisplayName "Test Service" | Remove-Service

Parameters

-Confirm

Prompts you for confirmation before running the cmdlet.

Type:SwitchParameter
Aliases:cf
Position:Named
Default value:False
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
-InputObject

Specifies ServiceController objects that represent the services to stop. Enter a variable that contains the objects, or type a command or expression that gets the objects.

Type:ServiceController
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:True (ByValue)
Accept wildcard characters:False
-Name

Specifies the service names of the services to remove. Wildcard characters are permitted.

Type:String
Aliases:ServiceName, SN
Position:0
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:True (ByPropertyName, ByValue)
Accept wildcard characters:False
-WhatIf

Shows what would happen if the cmdlet runs. The cmdlet is not run.

Type:SwitchParameter
Aliases:wi
Position:Named
Default value:False
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False

Inputs

System.ServiceProcess.ServiceController, System.String

You can pipe a service object or a string that contains the name of a service to this cmdlet.

Outputs

None

This cmdlet does not return any output.

Notes

To run this cmdlet, start PowerShell by using the Run as administrator option.