How to manually delete Windows Services

On 26 January, 2007 by Carol

Warning ! This post is for Windows advanced users only. Don’t go there if you don’t know what you are doing.

When I refer to “delete Windows services” I refer to the services left behind by a software you’ve removed.

Example : Norton, Bit Defender or AVG.

Yesterday I was taking few screenshots from my Windows Services to show them to a friend and I was amazed of how many I had there, set on automatic startup…many that they shouldn’t be there anymore.

So here’s how to remove them if they are not automatically removed.

Go to Start, Run, type Regedit and navigate to the following key :

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SYSTEM/CurrentControlSet/Services  and remove what you think is necessary from the software you have uninstalled and left a running service behind.

Reboot.


 

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  • bmun91

    hi, i get the same message, do you know why?

    • http://www.carolsvault.com/ Carol

      Can you take a screenshot of that error and let me see it?
      I can only tell you what’s wrong if i see what exactly happens.

  • Narmada_dhruv

    Carlos, with all due respect, I feel the method mentioned by u can lead to serious issue for  someone who doesn know much abt regedit. My friend had an harrowing time applying it in his system.
    He shift+del. the req. service from HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SYSTEM/CurrentControlSet/Services, the service never got deleted from services.msc menu (to make matter worse he had not stopped the service). He was considering re-installation of the service but that failed to happen as the port could not be freed.Best work around i guess it cmd prompt oriented.(no offence, just an incident I intend to report for ppl taking the post lightly).

    • http://www.carolsvault.com/ Carol

      It’s Carol and i am a female.

      I did put a warning there for people to see and it’s quite obvious that one shouldn’t attempt that if they don’t know what they are doing.

      No offence taken and I thank you for pointing that out. I’ll add another warning to the post.

  • Huphos

    It's far easier to use the command line program sc to do this. Simply
    1. go to start menu, choose run, enter 'cmd' (without the quotes), hit enter.
    2. type sc delete “service name”
    Voila. You'll only need the double quotes if the service name has spaces. By the way you can get the service name from Control panel, administrative tools, services. Double click on the service and read the service name at the top of the dialog. It can be different from the description.

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  • http://malewar.blogspot.com Vivek

    Just a note to readers of this blog

    Another way to do this — “sc” command
    Note down the “service name” (NOT the display name) of the service which you want to delete (from services.msc)
    Then go to command prompt and type “sc delete servicename”
    That’s it.

    sc command is very powerful tool for modifying services (creating, deleting, stopping, query etc etc). Especially useful if you’re a comfortable with command prompt.

  • http://malewar.blogspot.com/ Vivek

    Just a note to readers of this blog

    Another way to do this — “sc” command
    Note down the “service name” (NOT the display name) of the service which you want to delete (from services.msc)
    Then go to command prompt and type “sc delete servicename”
    That’s it.

    sc command is very powerful tool for modifying services (creating, deleting, stopping, query etc etc). Especially useful if you’re a comfortable with command prompt.

  • http://malewar.blogspot.com Vivek

    Just a note to readers of this blog

    Another way to do this — “sc” command
    Note down the “service name” (NOT the display name) of the service which you want to delete (from services.msc)
    Then go to command prompt and type “sc delete servicename”
    That’s it.

    sc command is very powerful tool for modifying services (creating, deleting, stopping, query etc etc). Especially useful if you’re a comfortable with command prompt.

  • http://malewar.blogspot.com/ Vivek

    Just a note to readers of this blog

    Another way to do this — “sc” command
    Note down the “service name” (NOT the display name) of the service which you want to delete (from services.msc)
    Then go to command prompt and type “sc delete servicename”
    That’s it.

    sc command is very powerful tool for modifying services (creating, deleting, stopping, query etc etc). Especially useful if you’re a comfortable with command prompt.

  • Dave

    Thank you Carol,you’ve been a big help and everything is running a lot quicker,it’s like having a new computer again.

  • Dave

    Thank you Carol,you’ve been a big help and everything is running a lot quicker,it’s like having a new computer again.

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