Use PowerShell to see status and startmode of all services

Here’s a tip from my colleague Ed Wilson (the Microsoft Scripting Guy) on how to use Windows PowerShell to see the status and startmode of all services defined on a local system. Ed Wilson is the bestselling author of eight books about Windows Scripting, including Windows PowerShell 3.0 Step by Step, and Windows PowerShell 3.0 First Steps. He writes a daily blog about Windows PowerShell call Hey, Scripting Guy! that is hosted on the Microsoft TechNet Script Center; for more PowerTips check out the Hey, Scripting Guy! blog.


Question: You need to see the status and the start mode of all services defined on a local system. How do you use Windows PowerShell to find the information?


Answer: Use the Get-WmiObject cmdlet and query the Win32_Service WMI class. Select the name, startmode, and state properties and sort by startmode (gwmi is an alias for Get-WmiObject, Select is an alias for Select-Object and sort is an alias for Sort-Object). The command appears here.


gwmi win32_service | select name, startmode, state | sort startmode


Mitch Tulloch is an eight-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization.  For more information see


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