How To Stop Services In Windows 10

In Windows 10, services are programs that run in the background, often without user intervention. These services help the operating system and other software perform various tasks. However, sometimes you may need to stop a service to troubleshoot a problem, free up system resources, or temporarily disable a feature. In this blog post, we’ll show you three different methods to stop services in Windows 10.

Method 1: Using Task Manager

The Task Manager is a built-in tool that allows you to manage and control the running processes on your computer. You can easily stop services in Windows 10 using Task Manager by following these steps:

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open the Task Manager.
  2. Click on the Services tab to see the list of running services.
  3. Find the service you want to stop, right-click on it, and choose Stop.

Task Manager Services Tab

Please note that stopping some services may cause system instability or loss of functionality. Always research the purpose of the service before stopping it.

Method 2: Using the Services Console

The Services Console is another built-in tool in Windows 10 that provides more detailed information about services and allows you to stop them. Here’s how to use the Services Console to stop a service:

  1. Press Win + R to open the Run dialog.
  2. Type services.msc and press Enter.
  3. Find the service you want to stop in the list, right-click on it, and choose Stop.

Services Console

You can also double-click on a service to open its properties and stop it from there.

Method 3: Using Command Prompt or PowerShell

If you prefer using command-line tools, you can stop services in Windows 10 using either Command Prompt or PowerShell. The command to stop a service is the same in both tools. Follow these steps to stop a service using command-line tools:

  1. Press Win + X and choose either Command Prompt (Admin) or PowerShell (Admin) from the menu.
  2. Type the following command and press Enter:
net stop "Service Name"

Replace Service Name with the name of the service you want to stop. For example, to stop the Print Spooler service, enter:

net stop "Print Spooler"

After executing the command, you’ll see a message indicating that the service has been stopped successfully.

Command Prompt Service Stop


Now you know three different methods to stop services in Windows 10: using Task Manager, the Services Console, and command-line tools such as Command Prompt or PowerShell. Remember to be cautious when stopping services, as some may be critical to the stability and functionality of your system.