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How to disable a service in Windows?

Last updated on July 6, 2023

To disable a service in Windows, you can follow these steps:

  1. Open the “Services” management console:
    • Press the Windows key + R on your keyboard to open the Run dialog box.
    • Type services.msc and press Enter or click OK. This will open the Services window.
  2. Locate the service you want to disable:
    • Scroll through the list of services to find the one you wish to disable. You can also use the search bar at the top to quickly locate a specific service.
  3. Disable the service:
    • Right-click on the service you want to disable and select Properties from the context menu.
    • In the Properties window, locate the “Startup type” drop-down menu.
    • By default, it is set to either “Automatic” or “Automatic (Delayed Start).” To disable the service, select Manual or Disabled from the drop-down menu.
    • Click Apply and then OK to save the changes.
  4. Optional: Stop the service (if it is currently running):
    • If the service is currently running, you may want to stop it to ensure it is not active anymore.
    • Right-click on the service and select Stop from the context menu.
  5. Restart your computer:
    • After disabling the service, it’s a good idea to restart your computer to apply the changes fully.

Please note that disabling certain services without proper knowledge may have unintended consequences or affect the functionality of your system. It’s recommended to exercise caution and research the specific service before disabling it.

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