Stop-Service

Stops one or more running services.
Stop-Service [-InputObject*] <ServiceController[]> [-Exclude [<String[]>]] [-Force] [-Include [<String[]>]][-NoWait] [-PassThru] [-Confirm] [-WhatIf] [<CommonParameters>]
Stop-Service [-Exclude [<String[]>]] [-Force] [-Include [<String[]>]] [-NoWait] [-PassThru] -DisplayName*<String[]> [-Confirm] [-WhatIf] [<CommonParameters>]
Stop-Service [-Name*] <String[]> [-Exclude [<String[]>]] [-Force] [-Include [<String[]>]] [-NoWait] [-PassThru][-Confirm] [-WhatIf] [<CommonParameters>]

The Stop-Service cmdlet sends a stop message to the Windows Service Controller for each of the specified services. You can specify the services by their service names or display names, or you can use the InputObject parameter to pass a service object that represents the service that you want to stop.

Parameters
-DisplayName <String[]>

  • This value is required

Specifies the display names of the services to stop. Wildcard characters are permitted.

-Exclude [<String[]>]

Specifies services that this cmdlet omits. The value of this parameter qualifies the Name parameter. Enter a name element or pattern, such as s*. Wildcard characters are permitted.

-Force [<SwitchParameter>]

Forces the cmdlet to stop a service even if that service has dependent services.

-Include [<String[]>]

Specifies services that this cmdlet stops. The value of this parameter qualifies the Name parameter. Enter a name element or pattern, such as s*. Wildcard characters are permitted.

-InputObject <ServiceController[]>

  • This value is required
  • Accepts pipeline input ByValue

Specifies ServiceController objects that represent the services to stop. Enter a variable that contains the objects, or type a command or expression that gets the objects.

-Name <String[]>

  • This value is required
  • Accepts pipeline input ByValue

Specifies the service names of the services to stop. Wildcard characters are permitted.

-NoWait [<SwitchParameter>]

Indicates that this cmdlet uses the no wait option.

-PassThru [<SwitchParameter>]

Returns an object that represents the service. By default, this cmdlet does not generate any output.

-Confirm [<SwitchParameter>]

  • Default value is false

Prompts you for confirmation before running the cmdlet.Prompts you for confirmation before running the cmdlet.

-WhatIf [<SwitchParameter>]

  • Default value is false

Shows what would happen if the cmdlet runs. The cmdlet is not run.Shows what would happen if the cmdlet runs. The cmdlet is not run.

<CommonParameters>

This cmdlet supports the common parameters: Verbose, Debug,ErrorAction, ErrorVariable, WarningAction, WarningVariable,OutBuffer, PipelineVariable, and OutVariable.

Inputs

System.ServiceProcess.ServiceController, System.String

You can pipe a service object or a string that contains the name of a service to this cmdlet.

Outputs

None, System.ServiceProcess.ServiceController

This cmdlet generates a System.ServiceProcess.ServiceController object that represents the service, if you use the PassThru parameter. Otherwise, this cmdlet does not generate any output.

Examples
  1. Stop a service on the local computer:
    PS C:> Stop-Service -Name "sysmonlog"
    

    This command stops the Performance Logs and Alerts (SysmonLog) service on the local computer.

  2. Stop a service by using the display name:
    PS C:> Get-Service -DisplayName "telnet" | Stop-Service
    

    This command stops the Telnet service on the local computer. The command uses Get-Service to get an object that represents the Telnet service. The pipeline operator (|) pipes the object to Stop-Service, which stops the service.

  3. Stop a service that has dependent services:
    PS C:> Get-Service -Name "iisadmin" | Format-List -Property Name, DependentServices
    PS C:>  Stop-Service -Name "iisadmin" -Force -Confirm
    

    This example stops the IISAdmin service on the local computer. Because stopping this service also stops the services that depend on the IISAdmin service, it is best to precede Stop-Service with a command that lists the services that depend on the IISAdmin service.

    The first command lists the services that depend on IISAdmin. It uses Get-Service to get an object that represents the IISAdmin service. The pipeline operator (|) passes the result to the Format-List cmdlet. The command uses the Property parameter of Format-List to list only the Name and DependentServices properties of the service.

    The second command stops the IISAdmin service. The Force parameter is required to stop a service that has dependent services. The command uses the Confirm parameter to request confirmation from the user before it stops each service.

Additional Notes
 You can also refer to Stop-Service by its built-in alias, spsv. For more information, see about_Aliases.

 Stop-Service can control services only when the current user has permission to do this. If a command does not 
 work correctly, you might not have the required permissions.

 To find the service names and display names of the services on your system, type Get-Service. The service 
 names appear in the Name column and the display names appear in the DisplayName column.
Related Links

Get-Service
New-Service
Restart-Service
Resume-Service
Set-Service
Start-Service
Suspend-Service