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Services Subkeys

Updated: March 28, 2003

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2



The Services subkeys contain entries for standard and optional Windows Server 2003 services, such as device drivers, file system drivers, and Win32 service drivers. Although the values of the entries differ for each service, most Services subkeys have the same subkeys and entries.

Each Services subkey bears the name of the service that uses it. Often, this is also the name of the file from which the service is loaded.

Some of the services and devices represented by subkeys in the Services subkey are installed on the computer, but some of the subkeys represent services that are not installed or not enabled. To determine which services are installed on the computer, click Services in Computer Management. To determine which devices are installed on the computer, use Device Manager.


  • Adding a subkey to the Services subkey does not install a service. Windows Server 2003 does not recognize a service unless it is properly installed using standard installation methods, such as the CreateService API or the SC CREATE command.

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