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How Do I Restart a Windows® Service

January 10, 2012  |  Difficulty: Medium

how to restart a Windows® service.

Microsoft Windows® services are generally background applications that keep features and components of the operating system available. As a computer administrator, you can manage and monitor these Windows® services quite easily. If you need to, you can perform several operations with them such as restart or refresh, start, stop, pause, etc. If you find an issue with a service, refreshing it might be the solution you need. You can follow the steps below to learn how. 


  1. Click on the “Start” button. Then, right-click on the “My Computer/Computer” icon, and choose the “Manage” option.
  2. The “Computer management” windows will open. On the left, expand the “Services and Applications” window.
  3. Click on “Services” in the left pane.
  4. In the right part of the windows, all available services are listed. Locate the service you want to restart and right-click on it.
  5. Choose the “Restart” option from the menu.


  • Remember that once you restart or refresh the service, it will not be available during a restart.

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