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How to Start, Stop or Disable a Service in Windows 10/8/7

A Service is an application type that runs in the system background without any user interface, and without needing a user to log in to the PC. You can manage them start, stop, and disable actions for services on local and remote computers.

How to Manage Services in Services Windows

This is the easiest way to start or disable a Windows Service.

Step 1: Open the Services snap-in window.

Press the Win + R keys to bring up Run, then type in services.msc, press Enter key.

Open Services snap-in window

Step 2: Then you Start, Stop, or Disable any service you want to change its action.

To start a service, right click on it, and then click Start.

To start a service in Service Windows

Tip: Cautiously when choose stop or restart service, because if you set these services to Disabled, Windows will prevent them from launching.

To stop or restar a service in Service Windows

Step 3: You can manage a program Startup type by double click on it.

In General tab, you can set a service to run as either automatically, manually at startup when a user signs in to Windows, or disabled a program to speed up boots process.

Manage Startup type

Here are the different startup types you’ll see for various services:

Four type of Startup

How to Start, Stop or Restart Services in Task Manager

You can start, stop, and restart a service in Task Manager.

Step 1: Open Task Manager.

Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete combination keys, then select Task Manager in security option screen.

Open Task Manager

Step 2: If it opens in mini mode, click on More details button.


Step 3: Click the Service tab. This tab displays all programs that start with Windows.

Then you can start a Service by right-clicking on it, then select Start.


Step 4: To disable or delay loading of Windows Services.

You can choose to stop or restart the Service which is in stopped Status.

Restart a service

How to Start or Disable a Service in Registry Editor

With this option, you can start, stop or disable a service by modifying registry key.

Step 1: Open the Registry Editor.

 Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type in regedit, and press Enter.

Open Registry Editor

Tip: If it prompts a UAC dialog, click Yes. Learn more ways to disable UAC pop-up in Window10.

Step 2: In Registry Editor, go to the location of that service (example: VMTools):


In the right pane of VMTools, double-click on Start  DWORD to modify its DWORD.

Start a Service in Registry Editor

You can set that service to start automatically (Value data = 2), manually, or disable it. If I want to start that service manually, so I type digital 3 in that box under Value data.

Manage a Service by change its value

Tip: There are a few Automatic services you could consider setting to Manual:

  • If you don't use a printer, disable the Print Spooler service.
  • If you're not running a Tablet PC, disable the Tablet PC Input service.
  • If you don't connect cameras, webcams, or scanners to your PC, then disable the Windows Image Acquisition service.

When finished, close Registry Editor, and then restart computer.