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Delete a service on windows

This is how to delete a service on windows that has not been automatically removed by a software uninstall you need to edit the registry:
  • Start the registry editor (regedit.exe) 
  • Move to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services key 
  • Select the key of the service you want to delete 
  • From the Edit menu select Delete 
  • You will be prompted "Are you sure you want to delete this Key" click Yes 
  • Exit the registry editor 
There is also a utility that is supplied with the NT resource kit called INSTSRV.EXE that can be used to install and remove services

instsrv <service name> remove 

Alternatively, also with the resource kit is a utility SRVINSTW.EXE that again installs and removes services, but with a GUI wizard format allowing you to select the service either locally or remotely.



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