How to delete the service in Windows 10/8/7

How to delete the service in Windows 10/8/7

A service is a type of application that runs in the background without a user interface and is similar to a UNIX daemon process. The service provides core operating system features, such as web serving, event logging, file provisioning, printing, encryption, and error reporting.

Sometimes you may need to delete a service. For example, when the installed software is not properly uninstalled and leave its service in the service list.

This guide will show you how to remove services in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10.

Note:

  • You must be logged in as an admin to delete the service.
  • You should not delete any of the default Windows services. Doing so can make Windows very unstable.

Delete a service using Command Prompt

1. Press Win + R to open Run , enter services.msc into Run and click OK to open Services.

2. Right-click or click and hold on the service you want to delete and click Properties.

Right-click on the service you want to delete and select Properties

3. Make a note of the Service name for the service and close Services.

Note the Service name

4. Open Command Prompt as administrator.

5. Enter the command below into the Command Prompt and press Enter.

sc delete "Service Name"

Replace the Service Name in the above command with the actual service name from step 3 above.

Enter the command into the Command Prompt

6. When done, you can close the Command Prompt.

Delete a service using Registry Editor

1. Press Win + R to open Run , enter services.msc into Run and click OK to open Services.

2. Right-click or click and hold on the service you want to delete and click Properties.

3. Make note of the Service name section for this service and close Services.

4. Press Win + R to open Run , type regedit in Run and click OK to open Registry Editor.

5. Navigate to the registry key below in the left panel of Registry Editor.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServices

6. Under the Services key, right-click or press and hold the service name from step 3 above, and then select Delete.

Right-click on the service name, then select Delete

7. Click Yes to confirm.

Click Yes to confirm

8. When finished, close Registry Editor.

9. Restart the computer to apply the change.

Good luck!

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