How to Kill a Windows NT Service that hangs on Starting or Stopping
- Go to the command-prompt and query the service (e.g. the SMTP service) by using sc:sc queryex SMTPSvc
- This will give you the following information:SERVICE_NAME: SMTPSvc
TYPE : 20 WIN32_SHARE_PROCESS
STATE : 4 RUNNING
(STOPPABLE, PAUSABLE, ACCEPTS_SHUTDOWN)
WIN32_EXIT_CODE : 0 (0x0)
SERVICE_EXIT_CODE : 0 (0x0)
CHECKPOINT : 0x0
WAIT_HINT : 0x0
PID : 388
or something like this (the “state” will mention stopping).
- Over here you can find the process identifier (PID), so it’s pretty easy to kill the associated process either by using the task manager or by using taskkill:taskkill /PID 388 /F
where the /F flag is needed to force the process kill (first try without the flag).