How to Access the Service Control Manager in Windows

By Chris Loza

The Windows Service Control Manager contains the database of all the services available in the computer. When an application or device driver is installed, it also installs an executable file as a service. Services can have a startup type as automatic, manual or disabled. Automatic services are started automatically when your computer boots up. Manual services are started as needed. Manual services are stopped by default unless a program or you start the service. Disabled services cannot be started by a program; you have to manually enable it.

Step 1

Click "Start" in the Windows task bar. For Windows Vista and Windows 7, click the circular button with the Windows logo on the lower left corner of the computer screen.

Step 2

Type "services.msc" without the quotation marks in the "Search programs and files" box. For Windows XP, click "Run" and type "services.msc" in the "Open" box.

Step 3

Press "Enter" to access the services management console. The console lists all the services available in the computer. You can start, stop, enable or disable services through the console. A brief description of each service is also provided.