An Engineers Notebook

How to stop services that are stuck on “Starting” or “Stopping”

If task manager wont stop a service but you need to kill the process, use this method:
[In this example I’ll use the spooler service]

Open up an elevated command prompt and type:

sc queryex spooler

Note down the PID (Process ID). Here it’s 2672 but this will be different on every machine/session.

Next run the command:

taskkill /f /PID 2672

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