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Display a list of Started Services from the Command Line (Windows)

To interact with the services panel from the command line, Windows provides the Net utility. From the command prompt, you can use this utility to start, stop, pause and continue services. What most people don’t realize is that you can also use this to display a list of services that are running on your computer.


net start

Provides this output(will vary based on your machine):

These Windows services are started:

Adobe Active File Monitor
Adobe LM Service
Application Layer Gateway Service
Ati HotKey Poller
Automatic Updates
Background Intelligent Transfer Service
Bluetooth Service
Cisco Systems, Inc. VPN Service
COM+ Event System
Computer Browser
Cryptographic Services
DCOM Server Process Launcher
DHCP Client
Distributed Link Tracking Client
DNS Client
Error Reporting Service
Event Log
FTP Publishing
Help and Support
HID Input Service
HP WMI Interface
IIS Admin
Infrared Monitor
Logical Disk Manager
Machine Debug Manager
Microsoft Search

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  • Published 09/13/06

Comments (8)

  1. Vanguard

    The ‘sc’ command (Service Controller) is far superior to listing the services that are configured on your host. For example, to list all NT services but only those that are running (to equate to the ‘net start’ command), run:

    sc query type= service

    To see those that are defined but not running:

    sc query type= service state= inactive

    And to see both running and stopped services:

    sc query type= service state= all

    Yes, the spaces are needed after the equals sign. Run “sc /?” to get all its help. It is likely that ‘sc’ is only available on some versions of Windows (this was tested under Windows XP Pro).

  2. valanarasu

    I am using Windows XP, my task manager and regedit has been disabled by a virus and I can not able to run install any antivirus. When I am trying to launch TASKMANAGER or REGEDIT a warning message shows it has been disabled by administrator. Give me a solution.

  3. Cliff Floyd

    When I run “net start”, the output flashes on my screen and then disappears. How do I display the results?

  4. shoro

    Display one page at a time as follows:

    net start | more

    Or you can stream your output to a file as follows:

    net start > results.txt

  5. tutsch

    I am working on Win7PE and there is no ‘sc’.
    The ‘net’ on the other hand works.
    Now I just have to find out how to start a service.
    But that is what Google is for. Init?

  6. tutsch

    For the sake of completeness.
    I found following to start and stop services:

    net stop
    net start
    A full list of the exact services is found in the registry.
    regedit.exe –> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services key

  7. y8games360

    comand netstat -a <== than'k post

  8. Umair

    Thanks alot…my search ends here…

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