I stopped some of the services in svchost.exe in Windows 8 and now I am not able open task manager as it throws error.

When I checked in PowerShell all those services are stopped. Even services.msc also showing error. Some services svchost was using all my bandwidth. Now I am not able to start services and enable some of the known services. I tries to enable services using PowerShell also but it is showing access is denied. Run as administrator also showing the same error.

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    Seems like a simple reboot could clear this up. Unless you are leaving something out. Dec 18, 2014 at 4:45
  • Some services have dependencies, if they were disabled or set to manuel, until you get the dependencies going first they will try to start then fail because of the dependencies. If you could somehow still get to the event viewer %windir%\system32\eventvwr.msc /s There is a high probablity it would tell.
    – Psycogeek
    Dec 18, 2014 at 5:04
  • Is their a way to restore only svchost services to default. when i checked with windows powershell i am able to find all the services. but some services are stopped. I tried to enable but showing administrative privilage. But not able to run as administrator as same error is coming Dec 18, 2014 at 5:08
  • svchost was consuming all my bandwidth so i tried to stop some of services inside it. Now everthing is messed up. Any idea Dec 18, 2014 at 5:10
  • Reboot didnt work Dec 18, 2014 at 9:28

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Try rebooting the system

Unless you actually disable the service, the service will run again the next time the system is booted up. As you only mentioned that you stopped the service, there should be no lasting damage.

svchost is the Windows service host. Several different services may use the same svchost process. It's generally unwise to randomly stop services unless you know what you're doing.

For more information, see the official Windows documentation on svchost.exe.

If key services are disabled...

Open Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Services and reenable the services that were disabled. If this doesn't work, or if you forgot what services were disabled, you may need to repair-install Windows. This process is essentially an in-place upgrade to the same version of the operating system, and preserves installed apps and personal files while replacing system files with fresh copies. More information can be found in this Windows Secrets forum post.

  • i will reboot, i thing their is no other alternative.Thank you Dec 18, 2014 at 6:10
  • Be sure to hit the "check" below the voting controls if this worked for you. That tells us this answer solved the problem.
    – bwDraco
    Dec 18, 2014 at 6:12
  • Definetely i will do so Dec 18, 2014 at 6:23
  • Reboot doesnot work Dec 18, 2014 at 9:27
  • I tried from Administrative tools also but it is showing the same error Dec 18, 2014 at 9:56

If you disable INTENTIONALLY services like BITS Background Intelligent Transfer service and Application Information...

For Windows 8/8.1/10.

reboot into recovery settings by holding shift then click Restart option in power settings or Go to Settings > Update & Security > Recovery > Advanced startup then restart.

If already in there you should see Reset and Troubleshoot, Click Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Startup Settings. Press 6 to reboot into Safe mode with Command prompt.

Activate your superuser account...

If you are already in a Command Prompt Administrator type

net user administrator /active:yes

then exit command prompt and sign out. Note: Don't restart or shutdown

Click the Administrator account ( if first time using it wait it load into original settings) then open Run Command Win key + R, then type services.msc

after you open it. It's time to re-enable all the intentional disabled services back to normal. When you are finished exit all windows and restart your PC.

Now go back to your original account and then deactivate the superuser account by opening a Command Prompt (Admin)

net user administrator /active:no

That's it

It Occurred to me 2 times and I tested all my skills and knowledge and patience to successfully work it.

BTW... my System is Windows 10 Home Single Language

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