Killing a stuck Windows Service


I guess all of us met the phenomenon when a service refuses to stop and stuck on “Stopping” status.

well, there is a remedy to this by following this short procedure:

1. Identify the PID of the rogue service. open cmd and type: sc queryex

you will receive a long list of available services. you can also type sc queryex > c:\ServiceList.txt to send the output to a text file.

2. search the list of services for the problematic service:

DISPLAY_NAME: Print Spooler
TYPE               : 110  WIN32_OWN_PROCESS (interactive)
STATE              : 3  STOP_PENDING

WIN32_EXIT_CODE    : 0  (0x0)
CHECKPOINT         : 0x0
WAIT_HINT          : 0x0
PID                : 1800
FLAGS              :

After you identified the service on the SERVICE_NAME line, notice the PID. you will need this number.

3. Using taskkill command, you can kill the rogue service now by typing: taskkill /PID 1800 /F

C:\>taskkill /PID 1800 /F
SUCCESS: The process with PID 1800 has been terminated.

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