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How to List All Windows Services with PowerShell


PowerShell has emerged as an indispensable tool for managing various aspects of the operating system. When it comes to monitoring and managing services, PowerShell provides a robust set of cmdlets and functionalities that empower administrators to efficiently list, query, and manipulate Windows services.

In this blog post, we'll explore how to leverage PowerShell to list all Windows services on a system, providing administrators with a powerful tool for maintaining system health and troubleshooting issues.

Getting Started

Before diving into PowerShell commands, ensure that you have the necessary permissions to access and query services on the target system. Additionally, make sure that PowerShell is installed and running with appropriate privileges.

Listing All Windows Services

To list all Windows services on a system using PowerShell, we'll primarily use the Get-Service cmdlet. This cmdlet retrieves information about services on a local or remote computer.

Here's a basic PowerShell command to list all services on the local computer:

Get-Service

This command will display a list of services along with their status, display name, and service name.

Filtering Services

If you're interested in specific services or want to filter services based on criteria such as their status or name, you can use parameters with the Get-Service cmdlet.

For example, to list only running services, you can use the Where-Object cmdlet to filter the output:

Get-Service | Where-Object { $_.Status -eq "Running" }

This command will display only the services that are currently running.

Similarly, if you want to filter services by name, you can use the -Name parameter:

Get-Service -Name *search_term*

Replace *search_term* with the name or partial name of the service you're looking for.

Exporting to a File

To save the list of services to a file for future reference or analysis, you can use the Export-Csv cmdlet to export the output to a CSV file:

Get-Service | Export-Csv -Path C:\path\to\output.csv -NoTypeInformation

Replace C:\path\to\output.csv with the desired file path.

Conclusion

PowerShell provides a powerful and flexible way to list, query, and manage Windows services. By mastering the Get-Service cmdlet and its various parameters, administrators can efficiently monitor system health, troubleshoot issues, and automate routine tasks.

In this blog post, we've covered the basics of listing all Windows services using PowerShell, along with filtering options and exporting the output to a file. With this knowledge, administrators can harness the power of PowerShell to streamline service management and ensure the smooth operation of Windows systems.

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Posted: 2024-03-02
By: dwirch
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