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Command line query service status

How to query windows service status using command line?

Sc.exe a command line tool for Windows operating system that every Windows admin should know. The Sys Admin is able to query, list, start or stop Windows services using this tool.

Sc.exe command line tool will help to query service status on local computer, remote computers or servers.

Example below shows the command line to query or list the services state that are running.

Query running services:

sc query | findstr /c:" RUNNING"  /c:"SERVICE_NAME"

Sample output:

        STATE              : 4  RUNNING
SERVICE_NAME: AntiVirSchedulerService
        STATE              : 4  RUNNING
SERVICE_NAME: AntiVirService
        STATE              : 4  RUNNING
        STATE              : 4  RUNNING
        STATE              : 4  RUNNING
SERVICE_NAME: AudioEndpointBuilder
        STATE              : 4  RUNNING
        STATE              : 4  RUNNING
SERVICE_NAME: Avira.ServiceHost
        STATE              : 4  RUNNING
        STATE              : 4  RUNNING
        STATE              : 4  RUNNING
        STATE              : 4  RUNNING

To list services those are on stopped state or not running. Use this command line:

sc query state= all | findstr /c:"STOPPED"  /c:"SERVICE_NAME"

Since the query state is all, it will actually list all services whether it’s running or not.

Below is the output of the command line, if the service does not show “STOPPED” then the service is on “RUNNING” state.

SERVICE_NAME: AdobeFlashPlayerUpdateSvc
        STATE              : 1  STOPPED
        STATE              : 1  STOPPED
        STATE              : 1  STOPPED
SERVICE_NAME: AntiVirMailService
        STATE              : 1  STOPPED
SERVICE_NAME: AntiVirSchedulerService
SERVICE_NAME: AntiVirService
SERVICE_NAME: AntiVirWebService
        STATE              : 1  STOPPED
        STATE              : 1  STOPPED
SERVICE_NAME: AppReadiness
        STATE              : 1  STOPPED
        STATE              : 1  STOPPED
SERVICE_NAME: aspnet_state
        STATE              : 1  STOPPED

To query a remote server or computer use this command line:

sc  \\PC007  query state= all


sc \\PC007  query state= all | findstr /c:"STOPPED"  /c:"SERVICE_NAME"

If you love PowerShell Get-Service is a cmdlet to do this kind of task.

To query a remote server or computer make sure that the command is executed with proper privileges or the query will simply fail.

Cheers.. Hope it helps.. Till next time guys..


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