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How to check windows running services and how to start a service via command line

How to check running services in Windows?

How to start or stop running services in Windows?

These two tasks are commonly needed if you’re doing IT services and even if you are a programmer.

To do these tasks; it can be done via the graphical interface or using command line.

Why bother knowing how to use command line to do the tasks?

Graphical interface is available and makes life easier.

To use graphical interface is quite easy and straight forward.

But it’s applicable to use if you’re managing two or three computers.

But what if you are managing a hundred or more computers, it’s not fun to use graphical interface and do it manually.

Command line will come to the rescue, and use scripting to automate tasks and do it automatically.

To check running services via command line, use the Windows Management Instrumentation commands or WMIC.

Open a command prompt and type:

   WMIC Service List Brief

This will lists all the services regardless of the status.

To filter running or stopped services, type this command:

 WMIC  Service List Brief | find “Running”

Command above will display or filter only the running services.

Likewise to check services those are not running or disabled. Type:

 WMIC  Service List Brief | find “Stopped”

Output can also be redirected to a text file by using the redirection operator.

Like, WMIC Service List Brief | find “Running”  >  d:\running_services.txt

To monitor a single service, use this command below:

WMIC  Service List Brief | find  “Wlansvc”

Above command will check and display the status of the “Wireless LAN service”.

To start or stop a service via command line is quite straight forward.

Type: net  start “Service_name”

Net Start Wlansvc  == this will start wireless lan service

If need to stop the service use this command:

Net Stop DHCP == this will stop the DHCP service

Check out this Technet link to find out more:

Using those simple commands it can be written on a batch file script, vbscript or even PowerShell.

But PowerShell might have a better way on how to accomplish such tasks.

But if you have older system then I guess it will come handy to do it via batch file or vbscript.

Hope it helps !!! Cheers!!


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