Applies To: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012
You can use the Services Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in to manage services that are running on local or remote computers — for example, to stop or start a service. You can also manage services using the sc config command.
What is a service?
A service is an application type that runs in the system background without a user interface and is similar to a UNIX daemon process. Services provide core operating system features, such as Web serving, event logging, file serving, printing, cryptography, and error reporting.
What can I do with the Services snap-in?
You can perform the following actions for services on local and remote computers:
Start, stop, pause, resume, or disable services.
Set up recovery actions to take place if a service fails — for example, restarting the service automatically or restarting the computer.
Run services in the security context of a user account that is different from the logged-on user or the default computer account.
Enable or disable services for a particular hardware profile.
Export and save service information to a .txt or .csv file.
View the status and description of each service.
View the service dependencies.
To start the Services snap-in
Click Start , in the Start Search box, type services.msc , and then press Enter .
To open the Services snap-in in Windows Server® 2012, click Start , type services.msc .
Membership in the local Administrators group, or equivalent, is required to use the Services snap-in.
For more information about troubleshooting service events and errors, see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=68107.
For information about developing and using services, see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=88931.