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Common Ways to Stop or Start SQL Server Service

There are many ways to stop, start, pause, and restart SQL Server service in Windows. This article shows two easiest, quickest, and most common ways to stop/start SQL Server service, which apply to MSSQL Server 2014/2012/2008/2005.

Way 1: Stop/Start SQL Server service in SQL Server Configuration Manager

Step 1: Click Windows Start button and then select SQL Server Configuration Manager to open it. If you can’t find it after clicking Start, click All Programs ->Microsoft SQL Server -> Configuration Tools -> SQL Server Configuration Manager.

Open SQL Server Configuration Manager

Step 2: Click the SQL Server Services. Select the instance name and right click it. Then select Start, stop, pause, resume or restart to change the state of your SQL Server service.

Stop or Start SQL Server service

Way 2: Stop/Start SQL Server service from Windows Command Prompt

Step 1: Click Windows Start button. Type cmd in the search box. Right click cmd.exe and select Run as administrator to open "Command Prompt" as administrator.

Open Command Prompt as administrator

Step 2: Run net commands to stop/start your SQL Server service.

Run net commands to stop or start SQL Server service

Or run the following net commands to change the state of SQL Server service.

Another kind of Net commands to stop/start SQL Server service

Tips: Replace "SQLEXPRESS" with your own database server instance name.