Windows 7 / Getting Started

Managing Services Using Task Manager

A Services tab was added to Task Manager in Windows Vista and is still available in Windows 7. This tab allows you to:

  • View the name, Process Identifier (PID), description (which is actually the service's friendly name), status (running or stopped), and service group for all services running on the system.
  • Stop or start a service by right-clicking it and then selecting the appropriate option.
  • View the process within which a service is running by right-clicking the service and then selecting Go To Process.

Note To view the process associated with a service, you should first click the Show Processes From All Users button on the Processes tab. This is a necessary step because many services run within an SvcHost.exe process to reduce the memory footprint that would result if each service ran separately. After processes for all users are displayed on the Processes tab, right-click a service that has a PID number on the Services tab and then select Go To Process. The focus will switch to the Processes tab and highlight the SvcHost.exe process used to host that particular service.

Managing Services Using Group Policy

You can use Group Policy to configure the startup state (Automatic, Manual, or Disabled) and ACLs for services in the same way that you do this on previous versions of Windows. A policy setting for each system service on a computer can be found under the following node:

Computer Configuration\Policies\Windows Settings\Security Settings\System Services
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In this tutorial:

  1. Managing Devices and Services
  2. Understanding Device Installation and Management
  3. Device Enhancements in Windows 7
  4. Display Enhancements in Windows 7
  5. Understanding Device Installation
  6. Driver Store and Driver Packaging
  7. Driver Staging vs Installation
  8. Driver Staging and Installation Process
  9. Detailed Installation Process
  10. Managing Driver Packages
  11. Using PnPutil.exe
  12. Using Dism.exe
  13. Driver Signing
  14. Driver Ranking
  15. Installing and Using Devices
  16. Enhancements to the Device Installation Experience in Windows 7
  17. Scenario 1: Driver found in Driver Store
  18. Scenario 2: Driver found on Windows Update
  19. Scenario 3: Driver in Driver Store, But Better Driver on Windows Update
  20. Scenario 5: No Driver Can Be Found for the device
  21. Scenario 6: Vendor -supplied media is available
  22. Scenario 7: Additional Device Software is Available For Download from vendor
  23. Configuring Device Installation Settings
  24. Using the Devices And Printers Folder
  25. Understanding Device Stage
  26. Understanding the Device Experience Architecture
  27. Device Containers
  28. Device display object
  29. Device Metadata System
  30. Managing Device Installation Using Group Policy
  31. Managing Device Installation Behavior
  32. Managing Driver Installation Behavior
  33. Blocking Installation of Removable Devices
  34. Managing Device Redirection Behavior
  35. Troubleshooting Device Installation
  36. Using Windows Error Reporting
  37. Using the SetupAPI Log File
  38. Using Driver INF Files
  39. Using Device Manager Error Codes
  40. Using Driver Verifier
  41. Repairing Driver Store Corruption
  42. Repairing Index File Corruption
  43. Understanding Power Management
  44. Power Management Enhancements in Windows 7
  45. New Power Policies in Windows 7
  46. Configuring Power Management Settings
  47. Configuring Power Management Settings Using the Power Options Utility in Control Panel
  48. Configuring Power Management Settings Using Group Policy
  49. Configuring Power Management Settings Using the Powercfg Utility
  50. Understanding Services
  51. Service Enhancements in Windows 7
  52. Managing Services
  53. Managing Services Using Task Manager
  54. Managing Services Using the Sc.exe Command