Manually force a service to stop if not responding/hung

By | June 12, 2020

In Windows Servers, If you have a service that is not responding or showing as stopping in Windows services that you are unable to stop, use the following steps to force the service to stop.

  1. Open command prompt as Administrator
  2. Type ‘services.msc’
  3. Press Enter
  4. Look for the service and check the Properties and identify its service name
  5. Once found, open a command prompt. Type sc queryex [servicename].
  6. Press Enter
  7. Identify the PID
  8. In the same command prompt type taskkill /pid [pid number] /f
  9. Press Enter

Example:

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