manually remove windows service registry sc
OK, I've uninstalled some software but it's left a service definition. It can't do much harm as most (but not all) of the resources it needs have been removed ... but I can't ignore it - how do you get rid of it?
Note to self: before uninstalling software with services it may help to stop them all and possibly disable them all too? I think this is why this particular thing could not be removed.
Note to developers: stop and remove services as part of uninstall programs.
Some solutions talk about using
A better approach is to use
sc".. a command line program used for communicating with the Service Control Manager and services".
It should be as simple as:
sc delete [service name]
But the tricky thing is getting the name of the service right. What you see in the Service window is the display name not the service name. Use:
sc query state= all
To get a listing like
... SERVICE_NAME: ExampleService DISPLAY_NAME: Example Service That I Want To Delete TYPE : 10 WIN32_OWN_PROCESS STATE : 1 STOPPED (NOT_STOPPABLE, NOT_PAUSABLE, IGNORES_SHUTDOWN)) WIN32_EXIT_CODE : 1077 (0x435) SERVICE_EXIT_CODE : 0 (0x0) CHECKPOINT : 0x0 WAIT_HINT : 0x0 ... SERVICE_NAME: helpsvc DISPLAY_NAME: Help and Support TYPE : 20 WIN32_SHARE_PROCESS STATE : 4 RUNNING (STOPPABLE, NOT_PAUSABLE, IGNORES_SHUTDOWN)) WIN32_EXIT_CODE : 0 (0x0) SERVICE_EXIT_CODE : 0 (0x0) CHECKPOINT : 0x0 WAIT_HINT : 0x0 ...
So the above example listing:
sc delete ExampleService
scat the command prompt for usage and more example commands (hit y to get help for the