Currently, we have setup a .BAT file which lists all services to start / stop them eg.



We add new services all the time and the list grows and is difficult to maintain the batch file.

Is it possible to use a WILDCARD like 'SC start SERVICE*' or something?

  • What windows version? – Endoro Apr 24 '13 at 15:22

You can use wmic and SQL-ish wildcard syntax.

From a cmd console:

wmic service where "name like 'SERVICE%'" call startservice

From a .bat script:

wmic service where "name like 'SERVICE%%'" call startservice

Available verbs include startservice, stopservice, pauseservice, resumeservice, and others. Do wmic service call /? for more info.

  • 1
    The query language is called WQL, BTW. It's a subset of SQL. – Bob Apr 25 '13 at 17:58
  • @Bob - Oh. Ya learn something new every day. :> – rojo Apr 25 '13 at 17:59
  • Just wanted to add one more thing. I ran into an error where the service name was not recognized. Turns out a service has a Service Name and a Display Name. The Service Name should be used, not the Display Name. You can find the Service Name with sc query – jdramer May 20 '15 at 14:47

Easy, via Powershell:

Get-service SERVICE* | stop-service -force

Get-service SERVICE* | start-service
  • I upvoted this one because it runs WAY faster than wmic. On my machine it takes about 2 milliseconds to get a list of services this way. It takes about 13000 milliseconds using wmic. – arjabbar Dec 1 '16 at 14:23
  • how do i combine these two commands in single go? – Raja Anbazhagan May 17 '17 at 15:03

if you want a One Line command,

You can use Restart-Service Cmdlet which is pre built in powershell.

To use Restart-Service simply call the cmdlet followed by the service name:

Restart-Service mysql57

To restart multiple services just specify the name of each service, separated by commas:

Restart-Service mysql57,apache

If you prefer, add the -displayname parameter and specify the service display name (the name shown in the Services snap-in) instead:

Restart-Service -displayname "Mysql 5.7 server"

This Cmdlet accepts wildcard matching as well. To restart all services starting with "mysql":

Restart-Service mysql*

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