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PowerShell get running services

PowerShell provides an easy way to get services on Windows operating system.

The cmdlet to get services on Windows is quite simple, just type: Get-Service

To filter out running or stopped services type this command below:

Get-Service | Where-Object {$_.Status -match 'Running'}
Get-Service | Where-Object {$_.Status -match 'Stopped'}

To check the status for a particular service, type this command below:

$xService = Get-Service 'BFE'

write-output $xService

Output of the command above:
Status   Name               DisplayName                          
------      ----                 -----------                          
Running  BFE                Base Filtering Engine                

To get a specific column from the output, specify the column number.

$outputx = Get-Service 'BFE' | Format-Wide -Property Status -Column 1

Write-Output $outputx

or use this command below: (see comments below from  Jeffrey Snover)

Thanks Jeff!

$outputx = (Get-Service 'BFE').Status 

It will only display whatever is the status result for the particular service specified.

On this example, since the status is running, so the output will only be:


To start or stop a service, the command has to be run on an elevated PowerShell.

Starting and stopping a service without elevation will result to an error.

Error message will be similar to this:

Start-Service : Service 'Windows Service Name' cannot be started due to the following error: Cannot open Service Name service on computer '.'.

Anyway once the PowerShell is elevated, run this simple command to start and stop a service:

$xService = "W32Time"
Stop-Service $xService


Start-Service $xService

Cheers!! Till next time.. 


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  1. Consider changing this:
    $outputx = Get-Service 'BFE' | Format-Wide -Property Status -Column 1

    to this:
    $outputx = (Get-Service 'BFE').Status

    It's a bit cleaner and a whole lot faster.


    Jeffrey Snover[MSFT]
    Distinguished Engineer and Lead Architect for Windows Server and System Center


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