I am using Windows 7 and want to temporarily shutdown a service running as Local System. I am looking for a way to do it without having to reboot into Safe Mode but had no luck (even searching Google) so far.

I assume this can be done, because an Administrator account was used to create that service, and therefore should be able to disable it. I hope someone who is more familiar with Windows access control system will have the answer.

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    You'll want to post which services you are looking to disable. Even more complex than the security settings are the dependencies. . . – surfasb Jul 13 '11 at 21:45
  • Expanding on what surfasb has pointed out - you can of course control services from the command line.. And thus you can script control of them. – James T Snell Jul 13 '11 at 21:50

Hit your windows key and then type services.msc, pause for a moment for the search to catch up and press enter. This will (eventually: it can be slow) open a window that will let you browse services. Find the one you want, right click on it, and if it's running you should see an option to stop it.

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