Using the registry editor to change the service state

  1. Start the Registry Editor by pressing the Start-button and Run... this command:


  2. Browse through the left tree to where Services are found:

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \System \CurrentControlSet \Services]

  3. Within the Services-key find go to the short-name of the wanted service (Here RpcSS aka. Remote Procedure Call (RPC)):

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \System \CurrentControlSet \Services \RpcSS]

  4. Double-Click the Start-value in the list to the right.

  5. Change Value data: to the wanted state:
    • 0 = Boot
    • 1 = System
    • 2 = Automatic
    • 3 = Manual
    • 4 = Disabled
  6. Press Ok and exit the Registry Editor.
  7. If setting a service to Disabled or Manual, then execute this command to stop the service:

    Net Stop RpcSS

  8. If setting the service to Automatic, then execute this command to start the service:

    Net Start RpcSS

Note in this guide the short-name of a service is shown just in parenthesis next to the "Process Name".

Note the "Automatic" startup mode was extended with "Automatic (Delayed Start)" with Windows Vista/2008. It specifies that the service startup can be delayed until after having performed user logon. It can be activated with the following DWORD registry setting:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \System \CurrentControlSet \Services \BITS]
DelayedAutoStart = 1
Start = 2

Note the "Manual" startup mode was extended with "Manual (Trigger Start)" with Windows 7/2008 R2. It specifies that the service startup can be delayed until a certain event occurs (or be stopped). See what service trigger events that are configured for a service with this command:

sc qtriggerinfo w32time

More Info MS KB103000
More Info MS KB271362
More Info MS KB838428 (About hardware profiles)

Updated: 12 December 2012


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  4. henry says:

    i get permissions error:

    cannot edit start error writing the value's new contents

    i set the permissions for my user but still nothing. any ideas?

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