Restart-​Service

Stops and then starts one or more services.

Syntax

Restart-Service
       [-Confirm]
       -DisplayName <String[]>
       [-Exclude <String[]>]
       [-Force]
       [-Include <String[]>]
       [-PassThru]
       [-WhatIf]
       [<CommonParameters>]
Restart-Service
       [-InputObject] <ServiceController[]>
       [-Confirm]
       [-Exclude <String[]>]
       [-Force]
       [-Include <String[]>]
       [-PassThru]
       [-WhatIf]
       [<CommonParameters>]
Restart-Service
       [-Name] <String[]>
       [-Confirm]
       [-Exclude <String[]>]
       [-Force]
       [-Include <String[]>]
       [-PassThru]
       [-WhatIf]
       [<CommonParameters>]

Description

The Restart-Service cmdlet sends a stop message and then a start message to the Windows Service Controller for a specified service. If a service was already stopped, it is started without notifying you of an error. You can specify the services by their service names or display names, or you can use the InputObject parameter to pass an object that represents each service that you want to restart.

Examples

Example 1: Restart a service on the local computer

PS C:\> Restart-Service -Name winmgmt

This command restarts the Windows Management Instrumentation service (WinMgmt) on the local computer.

Example 2: Exclude a service

PS C:\> Restart-Service -DisplayName "net*" -Exclude "net logon"

This command restarts the services that have a display name that starts with Net, except for the Net Logon service.

Example 3: Start all stopped network services

PS C:\> Get-Service -Name "net*" | Where-Object {$_.Status -eq "Stopped"} | Restart-Service

This command starts all of the stopped network services on the computer.

This command uses the Get-Service cmdlet to get objects that represent the services whose service name starts with net. The pipeline operator (|) sends the services object to the Where-Object cmdlet, which selects only the services that have a status of stopped. Another pipeline operator sends the selected services to Restart-Service.

In practice, you would use the WhatIf parameter to determine the effect of the command before you run it.

Required Parameters

-DisplayName

Specifies the display names of services to restarted. Wildcard carachters are permitted.

Type:String[]
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
-InputObject

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

Type:ServiceController[]
Position:0
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:True (ByValue)
Accept wildcard characters:False
-Name

Specifies the service names of the services to restart.

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

Optional 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
-Exclude

Specifies services that this cmdlet omits. The value of this parameter qualifies the Name parameter. Enter a name element or pattern, such as s*. Wildcard characters are permitted.

Type:String[]
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
-Force

Restarts a service that has dependent services.

Type:SwitchParameter
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
-Include

Specifies services that this cmdlet restarts. The value of this parameter qualifies the Name parameter. Enter a name element or pattern, such as s*. Wildcard characters are permitted.

Type:String[]
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
-PassThru

Returns an object that represents the service. By default, this cmdlet does not generate any output.

Type:SwitchParameter
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
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 a service name to this cmdlet.

Outputs

None, System.ServiceProcess.ServiceController

This cmdlet generates a System.ServiceProcess.ServiceController object that represents the restarted service, if you specify the PassThru parameter. Otherwise, this cmdlet does not generate any output.

Notes

  • Restart-Service can control services only when the current user has permission to do this. If a command does not work correctly, you might not have the required permissions.
  • To find the service names and display names of the services on your system, type Get-Service". The service names appear in the Name column, and the display names appear in the DisplayName column.