If you are a fan of tweaking your system and disabling services, you might find that over time your

Windows Services list becomes large and unwieldy.

It’s easy enough to delete a Windows service using the Command Prompt.




Find the Name of the Service You Want to Delete

Hit Start, type “services” into the search box, and then click the “Services” result.



In the “Services” window, scroll down and find the service you’re after. Right-click the service and choose

the “Properties” command.



In the service’s properties window, copy (or write down) the text to the right of the “Service name” entry.



When you have the service’s name, you can go ahead and close the properties window and the “Services”




Delete the Service

Now that you have the name of the service you want to delete, you’ll need to open the Command Prompt

with administrative privileges to do the deleting.


Click Start, and then type “cmd” into the search box. Right-click the “Command Prompt” result, and then

choose the “Run as administrator” command.



At the Command Prompt, you’ll use the following syntax:

sc delete ServiceName


So, to delete the “RetailDemo” service we’re using in our example, we’d type the following text, and then hit


sc delete RetailDemo



Note:If the service you’re deleting has any spaces in the name, you’ll have to enclose the name in quotes

when you type the command.


Now, if you use the F5 key to refresh your Services list, you’ll see that the service is gone.




Deleting a service in Windows is pretty easy, but we’d again like to caution you to think long and hard

before deleting a service, because it’s very difficult to get them back once they’re gone.






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