How Do I Access Microsoft Services on My Computer?

By Bonnie Conrad

Microsoft includes a set of administrative tools with Windows for accessing the services on your computer. You can view the services running on your Windows-based computer to diagnose problems and investigate software issues. Each program on your computer uses a separate service, and knowing how to access the properties for each will let you change its settings, decide whether it starts with Windows and disable the service.

Step 1

Click the Windows "Start" button and then "Control Panel."

Step 2

Double click the "Administrative Tools" icon. Choose "Services" from the list in the "Administrative Tools" window.

Browse the "Services" window and locate the service you want to monitor. Right-click that service and select "Properties" from the context menu to check the start-up functions and other properties of that service.