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    How to Delete a Windows Service in Windows 7, Vista or XP

    If you are a fan of tweaking your system and disabling services, you might find that over time your Windows Services list becomes huge and unwieldy with a large number of services in the list that will never be enabled.

    Instead of just disabling a service, you can alternatively completely delete the service. This technique can be especially helpful if youíve installed some piece of software that doesnít uninstall correctly, and leaves an item in the service list.

    Important Note: Once you delete a service, itís gone, and itís going to be a pain to add it back. Use with caution.

    Deleting a Service

    The first thing youíll need to do is identify the name of the service, so open up Services through the start menu or control panel, and then find the service in the list that you want to delete.

    Youíll want to open up the properties by double-clicking on the service name, and then highlight the ďService nameĒ value and copy it to the clipboard. This is what weíll need to disable it.

    Youíll need to open up a command prompt, and if you are using Windows 7 or Vista youíll need to right-click the command prompt and choose Run as Administrator. Weíll use the sc command to actually do the work.

    The syntax used to delete a service is this:

    sc delete ServiceName

    If your service name has spaces in it, youíll need to wrap the service name in quotes, like this:

    sc delete ďAdobe LM ServiceĒ

    Note that Iím not recommending deleting this particular service, itís just an example.

    Now if you use the F5 key to refresh your Services list, youíll see that the service is gone.

    Iíve found that using this technique (carefully) can make your Services list a lot more useful, since you donít have to weed through dozens of items you will never have enabled.

    Note: You should think long and hard before deleting a service, because itís very difficult to get them back once they are gone.

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