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Is there a way to restart a Windows service from the command prompt?

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You can use net stop [service name] to stop it and net start [service name] to start it up again basically restarting the service.

To combine them just do this - net stop [service name] && net start [service name].

There is also a command built specifically for messing with services: sc

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Next question becomes how to look up the proper [service name]. –  Iszi Jun 24 '11 at 18:09
Put in net start and it lists all the running services. –  paradd0x Jun 24 '11 at 18:10
@Iszi Well, if he wants to restart a service, it has to be running to be restarted. :) –  paradd0x Jun 24 '11 at 18:12
@lszi: run "sc query" from the command line. Look at SERVICE_NAME –  jftuga Jun 24 '11 at 18:13
'restart != 'stop' && 'start'. I've got a service that is restarted quite quickly via GUI applet but very slow stop-started via both GUI and CLI. Still looking for CLI way to perform real restart... –  Van Jone Mar 12 '14 at 23:00

You could also use PowerShell:

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PowerShell also offers Restart-Service (just mentioning it since the OP asked about restarting services specifically) –  Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Jun 24 '11 at 20:49

To restart a Windows service from the command prompt or scheduled tasks, use this:

cmd /c "net stop "Service Name" & sc start "Service Name""
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To solve the annoying Wacom Intuous Driver not running Error I get on every reboot. Windows key+R, paste, Bam!

sc stop WTabletServicePro && sc start WTabletServicePro

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