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Change windows service startup type via command line




To change windows service startup type, can easily be done via the graphical interface or GUI.

And it's quite convenient doing via GUI if it is one or two computers.

If the settings have to be done on multiple computers then it's not efficient to do it via GUI and quite a hassle also since the user has to stop from his/her work.

To do things efficiently and save time, it’s better to make changes via command line.

To change startup type via command line on multiple servers or remote computers can easily be done using the "SC" command line program.

Example below shows how to change start up type service.

SC \\Remote_PC config start= option_type

Option Type is: Disabled, Delayed-Auto, Auto, Manual

The space after start=

C:\>SC \\PC007 config MBAMService start= delayed-auto

Command above will change MBAMService to Automatic Delayed Start

If the command has exectued successfully it will show this message below:

[SC] ChangeServiceConfig SUCCESS


C:\>SC \\Server007 config wsearch start= disabled

Command above will set the Windows search service to disable.

Using the above command the IT Support or System Administrator can change the service startup type without disturbing the user.

To change the startup type service the command has to be run in an elevated mode and user needs to have proper admin privileges to change the settings.


To query status on remote servers or computers, check out link below:

To list service on Windows using PowerShell, click the link below:


Cheers.. hope it helps..

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