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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

I found the issue on my Windows 8.1 Toshiba. The issue was that the Transit Bluetooth headphones stopped working after recovery from Sleep Mode. I solved it this way:

  1. Navigate to the Event Viewer
  2. Find the Bluetooth Audio Service driver which had a status of 0x0 (which is the same as NULL - not installed or running)
  3. Go into Audio playback options (Right-click Audio symbol in the taskbar-bottom right corner)
  4. Choose Playback devices (You may have to choose show disabled devices).
  5. Go into properties, change settings, then update driver.
  6. When it asks where is it installed search computer, choose the default windows bluetooth driver.

I hope this can help someone, as it is a constant issue since the last set of windows updates. I had tried uninstalling recent updates but this didn't solve the issue. Also, a temporary fix sometimes is to reboot your computer, but I see there is a lot of issues with the driver in the Event Viewer.

When diagnosing devices not working it is helpful to know about the Event Viewer, Device Manager, and knowing how to use taskkill and restart commands from the command line are essential. Hope this helps.

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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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