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Stop-Service

Updated: April 21, 2010

Applies To: Windows PowerShell 2.0

Stops one or more running services.

Syntax

Stop-Service [-Name] <string[]> [-Exclude <string[]>] [-Force] [-Include <string[]>] [-PassThru] [-Confirm] [-WhatIf] [<CommonParameters>]

Stop-Service -DisplayName <string[]> [-Exclude <string[]>] [-Force] [-Include <string[]>] [-PassThru] [-Confirm] [-WhatIf] [<CommonParameters>]

Stop-Service [-InputObject <ServiceController[]>] [-Exclude <string[]>] [-Force] [-Include <string[]>] [-PassThru] [-Confirm] [-WhatIf] [<CommonParameters>]

Description

The Stop-Service cmdlet sends a stop message to the Windows Service Controller for each of the specified services. You can specify the services by their service names or display names, or you can use the InputObject parameter to pass a service object representing the services that you want to stop.

Parameters

-DisplayName <string[]>

Specifies the display names of the services to be stopped. Wildcards are permitted.

 

Required?

true

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-Exclude <string[]>

Omits the specified services. The value of this parameter qualifies the Name parameter. Enter a name element or pattern, such as "s*". Wildcards are permitted.

 

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-Force

Allows the cmdlet to stop a service even if that service has dependent services.

 

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-Include <string[]>

Stops only the specified services. The value of this parameter qualifies the Name parameter. Enter a name element or pattern, such as "s*". Wildcards are permitted.

 

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-InputObject <ServiceController[]>

Specifies ServiceController objects representing the services to be stopped. Enter a variable that contains the objects, or type a command or expression that gets the objects.

 

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

true (ByValue)

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-Name <string[]>

Specifies the service names of the services to be stopped. Wildcards are permitted.

The parameter name is optional. You can use "Name" or its alias, "ServiceName", or you can omit the parameter name.

 

Required?

true

Position?

1

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

true (ByValue, ByPropertyName)

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-PassThru

Returns an object representing the service. By default, this cmdlet does not generate any output.

 

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-Confirm

Prompts you for confirmation before executing the command.

 

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-WhatIf

Describes what would happen if you executed the command without actually executing the command.

 

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

<CommonParameters>

This command supports the common parameters: Verbose, Debug, ErrorAction, ErrorVariable, OutBuffer, OutVariable, WarningAction, and WarningVariable. For more information, see about_CommonParameters.

Inputs and Outputs

The input type is the type of the objects that you can pipe to the cmdlet. The return type is the type of the objects that the cmdlet returns.

 

Inputs

System.ServiceProcess.ServiceController or System.String

You can pipe a service object or a string that contains the name of a service to Stop-Service.

Outputs

None or System.ServiceProcess.ServiceController

When you use the PassThru parameter, Stop-Service generates a System.ServiceProcess.ServiceController object representing the service. Otherwise, this cmdlet does not generate any output.

Notes

You can also refer to Stop-Service by its built-in alias, "spsv". For more information, see about_Aliases.

Stop-Service can control services only when the current user has permission to do so. If a command does not work correctly, you might not have the required permissions.

To find the service names and display names of the services on your system, type "Get-Service". The service names appear in the Name column and the display names appear in the DisplayName column.

Example 1

C:\PS>stop-service sysmonlog

Description

-----------

This command stops the Performance Logs and Alerts (SysmonLog) service on the local computer.

Example 2

C:\PS>get-service -displayname telnet | stop-service

Description

-----------

This command stops the Telnet service on the local computer. The command uses the Get-Service cmdlet to get an object representing the Telnet service. The pipeline operator (|) pipes the object to the Stop-Service cmdlet, which stops the service.

Example 3

C:\PS>get-service iisadmin | format-list -property name, dependentservices

C:PS>stop-service iisadmin -force -confirm

Description

-----------

The Stop-Service command stops the IISAdmin service on the local computer. Because stopping this service also stops the services that depend on the IISAdmin service, it is best to precede the Stop-Service command with a command that lists the services that depend on the IISAdmin service.

The first command lists the services that depend on IISAdmin. It uses the Get-Service cmdlet to get an object representing the IISAdmin service. The pipeline operator (|) passes the result to the Format-List cmdlet. The command uses the Property parameter of Format-List to list only the Name and DependentServices properties of the service.

The second command stops the IISAdmin service. The Force parameter is required to stop a service that has dependent services. The command uses the Confirm parameter to request confirmation from the user before stopping each service.

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