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ServiceController.WaitForStatus Method (ServiceControllerStatus)


Infinitely waits for the service to reach the specified status.

Namespace:   System.ServiceProcess
Assembly:  System.ServiceProcess (in System.ServiceProcess.dll)

public void WaitForStatus(
	ServiceControllerStatus desiredStatus


Type: System.ServiceProcess.ServiceControllerStatus

The status to wait for.

Exception Condition

The desiredStatus parameter is not any of the values defined in the ServiceControllerStatus enumeration.

Use WaitForStatus to suspend an application's processing until the service has reached the required status.


The WaitForStatus method waits approximately 250 milliseconds between each status check. WaitForStatus cannot detect the case of the observed service changing to the desiredStatus and then immediately to another status in that interval.

The following example uses the ServiceController class to check whether the Alerter service is stopped. If the service is stopped, the example starts the service and waits until the service status is set to Running.

// Check whether the Alerter service is started.

ServiceController sc  = new ServiceController();
sc.ServiceName = "Alerter";
Console.WriteLine("The Alerter service status is currently set to {0}", 

if (sc.Status == ServiceControllerStatus.Stopped)
   // Start the service if the current status is stopped.

   Console.WriteLine("Starting the Alerter service...");
      // Start the service, and wait until its status is "Running".

      // Display the current service status.
      Console.WriteLine("The Alerter service status is now set to {0}.", 
   catch (InvalidOperationException)
      Console.WriteLine("Could not start the Alerter service.");

.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
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