How To Start, Stop or Disable Services in Windows 7

In this tutorial we will look at how to go about starting and stopping Services in Windows 7. It will be a very similar way when doing it in Windows XP and Windows Vista. If you are interested in learning more about what some of the services do and as to whether it’s OK to disable it or not then please refer to this site by Charles “Black Viper” Sparks. Please note that if you are wanting to disable certain services from starting with the computer, then make sure you know what that services effects and it’s dependencies, otherwise you may run into problems with other services.

Right, for this tutorial I will be disabling Windows Updates on my computer.

Click Start>and type Services.msc

Step 1

You will now see Services.msc appear in the list above. Select this to access the Services window.

Step 2

Scroll down to locate the service that you wish to start, stop or disable and double-click it to access the Properties window for that service. In my case I will be disabling the Windows Update service.

Step 3

If you are just wanting to Disable a Service, then next to Startup Type (Fig.1) select Disable from the drop down list. If you want to stop the service as well, hit Stop (Fig.2) If you are unable to Stop (it may be grayed out) the service, even after having selected Disable from the drop down menu, then a Restart is required to Stop/the service. This also works in reverse.

If you want to see what the services dependencies are, then select the Dependencies tab at the top.

Step 4

Well, hopefully this has been useful to you. As you can see it’s a fairly simple thing to do. I’d advice doing it this way rather than via msconfig.

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