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Sc stop

Updated: April 17, 2012

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista

Sends a STOP control request to a service.

Incorrectly editing the registry may severely damage your system. Before making changes to the registry, you should back up any valued data on the computer.

For examples of how to use this command, see Examples.

sc [<ServerName>] stop <ServiceName>


Parameter Description


Specifies the name of the remote server on which the service is located. The name must use the Universal Naming Convention (UNC) format (for example, \\myserver). To run SC.exe locally, omit this parameter.


Specifies the service name returned by the getkeyname operation.


Displays help at the command prompt.

Not all services can be stopped.

To stop the TAPISRV service, type:

sc stop tapisrv

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