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.


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


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.

About the Author

Based in Pennsylvania, Bonnie Conrad has been working as a professional freelance writer since 2003. Her work can be seen on Credit Factor, Constant Content and a number of other websites. Conrad also works full-time as a computer technician and loves to write about a number of technician topics. She studied computer technology and business administration at Harrisburg Area Community College.

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