HOWTO: Delete Windows service


If you are a fan of tweaking your system and disabling services, you might find that over time your Windows Services list becomes large and unwieldy. It’s easy enough to delete a Windows service using the Command Prompt or Registry editor.


1. Find the Name of the Service You Want to Delete:

   - Hit Start, type “services” into the search box, and then click the “Services” result.

2. Find the service:

   - In the “Services” window, scroll down and find the service you’re after. Right-click the service and choose the “Properties” command.

3. Copy the Service name:

   - In the service’s properties window, copy (or write down) the text to the right of the “Service name” entry.

4. Open Command line:

   - Click Start, and then type “cmd” into the search box. Right-click the “Command Prompt” result, and then choose the “Run as administrator” command.

5. Input command:

   - At the Command Prompt, you’ll use the following syntax:
sc delete ServiceName
So, to delete the “RetailDemo” service we’re using in our example, we’d type the following text, and then hit Enter:
sc delete RetailDemo

6. Start Regedit.exe:

   - Start Regedit.exe and navigate to the following branch:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services

7. Delete service:

   - Each sub-key under the above registry key represents a driver or a Service. The key name is also the short name of the service. Also, you should be able to identify the entry easily by looking at the DisplayName and ImagePath values in the right-pane in the Registry Editor. Find the entry you want to delete. Right-click the appropriate key, and choose Delete. Exit the Registry Editor.

Also consider using Action1 to delete Windows service if:
- You need to perform this action on multiple (hundreds or even thousands) computers simultaneously.
- Some of your endpoints are laptops not connected to corporate network at all times.

Action1 is a cloud-based platform for software deployment, software/hardware inventory, patch management, endpoint configuration and more. It is free with basic functionality.


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