You may find that one day, you will need to know how to open Windows services. For example you might face a problem with your sound on your system and after checking all the basic settings, checking to see if the Windows Audio Service is actually started is the last resort.
This article shows various ways to open Windows services. This will apply to Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.
Open Windows Services Through The Start Menu
This option may not work for Windows Xp as the start menu was not so advanced back then. The best option for Windows XP users is the run box method or the computer management option.
1. Press on the start menu to open the menu.
2. Type in the word services into the search box at the bottom.
3. You will see Services appear in the menu with a little cog icon next to it. Click on this to open Windows services.
Open Windows Services Through Computer Management
You can open services through the computer management console in Windows. Here are full instructions showing how to open computer management.
- Go to the start menu. Right click on computer.
- A menu will appear.
- Choose manage.
The Windows services opens within the computer management console and from here you can view the status of any service, also start and stop them.
Open Windows Services From the Run Box
To open Windows services from command line using a command, we first need to open the run box.
1. Press the WIN KEY and the letter R on your keyboard to open the run box. This applies for all versions of Windows.
2. Paste in Services.msc and press OK.
How To Open Services In Windows 8
- Start typing the word services.
- Search will open when you are typing.
- Click on services in the menu below.
- Options will appear on the right. Choose view local services.
- The same services window will open.
Open Services From The Command Prompt
The command prompt is also known as the CMD window where you can type commands in the bare bones way. To open services from the command prompt is easy. Also see how to open a command prompt in Windows 8.
1. Go to the start menu. Type in CMD into the bottom search. (If you are using Windows XP hit the Winkey and the letter R to open the run box. Then type in CMD.exe)
2. Choose CMD.exe from the start menu results. Just clicking on cmd.exe means you might be running Command prompt as a normal user. Here is how to run the cmd as an administrator, just in case you need to change settings that require these privileges.
3. When the CMD window opens, simple type in services.msc and press enter.
4. The services window will open.
If you are using any Windows operating system, this article should cover how to open services on all versions.