How to Disable a Service in Windows


Topic Last Modified: 2005-05-10

For optimal performance and to minimize security risks, it is recommended that you stop and disable unnecessary services that are running on your Exchange Servers. This topic explains how to disable Windows services.

Before you perform the procedure in this topic, consider the following:

  • Do not disable services that Exchange requires for normal operation. For example, the Exchange MTA Stacks service is required for internal operations even when working in a native mode Exchange organization. Therefore, you should never stop or disable the Exchange MTA Stacks service for any long period of time.

  • To stop and disable a service in Windows, you must have local administrative rights.

  1. Click Start, click All Programs, click Administrative Tools and then click Services.

  2. In the right-hand pane of the Services snap-in, locate and double-click the service you want to stop and disable.

  3. Click Stop to stop the service.

  4. Change the value for Startup type to Disabled.

  5. Click OK to save the changes.

  6. Repeat steps 2 through 5 for each service you want to stop and disable, and then close the Services snap-in.