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To check services on a Windows operating system can be done on a lot of ways.

Example below uses PowerShell script to check services.             

The code is PowerShell script thus it can be used also to check services on remote computers.

There is already a cmdlet included in PowerShell to check services in Windows.

TechNet link below provides details on how to use Get-Service cmdlet.

The code example below utilizes the Win32_service class.

The script will list all the services found on the system and the output will show the exit code, service name, process ID if the service is running, start mode whether the service is set to manual or auto, it will also show the state whether the service is running or in stopped mode and also indicate the status of the service.


Here's the script:

$computer="."
$service = get-wmiobject -class win32_service -computername $computer
Write-Output $service


Above script will list all the services and no filtering is added, so it will show all the services regardless of its status or state.

To filter only running services use the script below:

$computer="."
$service = get-wmiobject -class win32_service -computername $computer |  Where-Object {$_.state -eq "Running"}

Write-Output $service 

To query all stopped services jus changed the filtering option to “stopped”.

$computer="."
$service = get-wmiobject -class win32_service -computername $computer |  Where-Object {$_.state -eq "Stopped"}
Write-Output $service 

To filter specific services use the script below:

$computer="."
$service= $null
$service = get-wmiobject -class win32_service -computername $computer |  Where-Object {$_.name -eq "XboxNetApiSvc" -and $_.state -eq "Running"}

Write-Output $service


IF([string]::IsNullOrWhiteSpace($service)) {           
    Write-Host "Service has stopped"           
    #Send email to IT or do something else
} else {           
    Write-Host "Service is running"
    #Send email or just log that service is running fine           
}   


The script uses the “-and” operator, “and” operator is used on the script so if the service is not found to be “running” the write-output $service will be empty.

However if the service is found to be running, the write-output $service will display all the parameters for the specified service.

A service that requires monitoring due to unavoidable circumstances that may arise, the script above will come handy. To automate the process run a task scheduler to check at an specified interval. Since the script only monitor

Sample output:

ExitCode  : 1077
Name      : XboxNetApiSvc
ProcessId : 0
StartMode : Manual
State     : Stopped
Status    : OK

ExitCode  : 0
Name      : wuauserv
ProcessId : 1008
StartMode : Auto
State     : Running
Status    : OK

To check via command line check out this link:



Cheers..hope it helps...enjoy scripting makes life easier.

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