9 ways to access Services in Windows (all versions)

The Services app in Windows lists all the services that are installed by the operating system, the drivers and apps that you are using. With it, you can set which services run when Windows starts, disable services you do not need, and perform other useful actions. If you need to view all the services that exist in Windows, you need to start the Services app. Here is how to do that in all versions of Windows:

NOTE: This guide covers Windows 10, Windows 7, and Windows 8.1. Some methods work in all three versions of Windows, others just in one or two. For each method, we mention the Windows version in which it works. If you do not know the version of Windows that you have, read this tutorial: What version of Windows do I have installed?

1. Access Windows Services using search (all Windows versions)

One way that works in all versions of Windows is to use search. If you are using Windows 10, click the search box near the Start button, and type "services." Then, click or tap the search result with the same name.

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In Windows 7, click Start, and in the search box above this button, type the word "services." Click the search result with the same name.

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In Windows 8.1, go to the Start screen, and start typing the word "services." Then, click or tap the "View local services" search result.

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2. Use the Start Menu to start Services (Windows 10 only)

Windows 10 is the only Windows version that has a shortcut to, in the Start Menu. To find it, click the Start button, scroll down the list of apps to the letter W and find the "Windows Administrative Tools" folder. Open it, and there you see the Services shortcut. Click on it.

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3. Use the Control Panel to access Services (all Windows versions)

Start the Control Panel, and go to "System and Security -> Administrative Tools."

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In the list of Administrative Tools, find and use the Services shortcut.

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4. Use the Run window to start Services (all Windows versions)

Press the Win + R keys on your keyboard, to open the Run window. Then, type "services.msc" and hit Enter or press OK.

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The Services app window is now open.

5. Create a shortcut to Services and place it where you want (all Windows versions)

You can also create a shortcut for Services and place it on your desktop, pin it to the taskbar or the Start Menu. When you create the shortcut, use the command services.msc as its target.

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If you do not know how to create shortcuts in Windows, read: How to create shortcuts for apps, files, folders and web pages in Windows.

6. Use the Command Prompt or PowerShell to start Services (all Windows versions)

You can also open Services from the Command Prompt or PowerShell. Type the command services.msc and press Enter on your keyboard.

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7. Use the Computer Management console to view Services (all Windows versions)

In all versions of Windows, Services can also be accessed using the Computer Management console. Start by opening Computer Management. On the left side of the Computer Management window, there is a section called Services and Applications. Open it and then double-click Services. All your services are loaded in the center of the window.

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8. Use Task Manager to access Services (all Windows versions)

The Task Manager can also be used for launching the Services app. First press the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to open Task Manager. If you are doing this on a Windows 10 or Windows 8.1 PC, and the Task Manager opens up in its compact mode, click or tap on "More details." Then, open the File menu, select "Run new task," and type the command services.msc in the "Create new task" window. Finally, press Enter on your keyboard or click or tap OK.

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9. Use the Services shortcut from our collection (all versions of Windows)

We have created the most extensive collection of shortcuts for Windows. Download it, extract it and you can find the Services shortcut in the Administration Tools sub-folder for your Windows version.

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Why are you accessing your services, in Windows?

We access Services when we set up a new PC or device with Windows, or when performance degrades and we need to improve it by disabling unnecessary services that are automatically run at Windows startup. Before closing this tutorial, tell us why you are using the Services app. Comment below and let's discuss.

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