Service names

How to find out the short name of a windows service? The short name is handy to stop a service from the command line. One can always use the display name between quotes, but stopping a service like “Windows Firewall (WF) / Internet-verbinding delen (ICS)” isn’t fun like that. 😉
I didn’t find a way to find the short name through the service panel (if you know, please let me know!). So here is how I did it:

  • Open regedit and go to HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services
  • Do a search on the friendly name
  • The name of the parent key is the service’s short name!

UPDATE: An anonymous poster pointed out my post is actually useless =) See the comments for information on how ‘normal’ people look it up.

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3 thoughts on “Service names”

  1. ROFL, I must have been looking cross-eyed (maybe just hungry? ;)), how could I miss that property! 🙂 Now I feel stupid, but I’ll leave the post as a pointer for people having similar eye problems 😉

    thank you!!

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