PsService is a service viewer and controller for Windows NT/2K. Like the SC utility that's included in the Windows NT and Windows 2000 Resource Kits and Windows XP, PsService displays the status, configuration, and dependencies of a service, and allows you to start, stop, pause, resume and restart them. Unlike the SC utility, PsService enables you to logon to a remote system using a different account, for cases when the account from which you run it doesn't have required permissions on the remote system. PsService includes a unique service-search capability, which identifies active instances of a service on your network. You would use the search feature if you wanted to locate systems running DHCP servers, for instance.

Finally, PsService works on both NT 4 and Windows 2000, whereas the Windows 2000 Resource Kit version of SC requires Windows 2000, and PsService doesn't require you to manually enter a "resume index" in order to obtain a complete listing of service information.


Copy PsService onto your executable path and type "psservice".


The default behavior of PsService is to display the configured services (both running and stopped) on the local system. Entering a command on the command-line invokes a particular feature, and some commands accept options. Typing a command followed by "-?" displays information on the syntax for the command.

usage: psservice [\\computer [-u username] [-p password]] <command> <options>



Specifies optional user name for login to remote computer.



Specifies optional password for user name. If you omit this you will be prompted to enter a hidden password.



Displays the status of a service



Displays the configuration of a service



Specify the start type (auto, demand, disabled) of a service.



Starts a service



Stops a service



Stops and then restarts a service



Pauses a service



Resumes a paused service



Dumps the service's security descriptor



Lists the services dependent on the one specified



Searches the network for the specified service