Windows: Start Service – CMD & PowerShell

The services in Windows can be started using the Service Manager tool.

To start the Service Manager GUI, press Win keybutton to open the start menu, type in services to search for the Service Manager and press Enter to launch it.

The services can also be started using the command-line prompt (CMD) or the PowerShell.

In this note i am showing how to start, stop or check the status of a service in Windows using the command-line prompt (CMD) or the PowerShell.

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Start Service Using Command Line (CMD)

To avoid “Access is denied” errors, start CMD as an administrator: press Win keybutton to open the start menu, type in cmd to search for the command prompt and press Ctrl+Shift+Enter to launch it as administrator.

Use the following commands to start, stop or check the status of a service in Windows on the command-line prompt (CMD).

Start a service:

C:\> net start serviceName

Get a service status:

C:\> sc query serviceName

Stop a service:

C:\> net stop serviceName

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Start Service Using PowerShell

To avoid “Access is denied” errors, start PowerShell as an administrator: press Win keybutton to open the start menu, type in powershell to search for the PowerShell and press Ctrl+Shift+Enter to launch it as administrator.

Use the following commands to start, stop or check the status of a service in Windows using the PowerShell.

Start a service:

PS C:\> Start-Service serviceName

Get a service status:

PS C:\> Get-Service serviceName

Stop a service:

PS C:\> Stop-Service serviceName