Start / Stop / Enable / Disable Terminal services from command line
How to start Terminal Services from command line?
We can start Terminal Services from command line by running the command given below.
net start TermService
If the service is already running you will get the message ‘The requested service has already been started.‘
Sometimes you may get an error that the service could not be started.
Thishappens when Terminal Services is disabled through registry hack. Youcan fix this by running the below registry change command.
reg add “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server” /v TSEnabled /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
Youneed to reboot the computer for the changes to take effect. Afterreboot terminal services starts automatically or you can start theservice using net start command as mentioned above.
How to stop Terminal Services from command line?
Terminal Services can’t be stopped like other services. You get the below error when you attempt the same.
How to restart Terminal services from command line?
Since Terminal Services can’t be stopped there is no straightforward way we can do this. Microsoft says this is by design.But in some cases restarting termninal services could be possible bykilling the svchost process that runs the terminal services.We can usetasklist and taskkill commands for this.
First get the process id of the terminal services process
tasklist /svc | findstr /C:TermService
Checkif Terminal sevices is the only service running in this svchost. If thesvchost is shared with other services then you can stop readingfurther. Restarting terminal services is not possible on your machine.
On my machine I have got the following output.
As you can see DcomLaunch and TermServiceboth share the same svchost process. In this case I can’t kill theprocess as it stops the other service also. (Note that DcomLaunch is anessential service on the system and killing it can even shutdown
In the case of svchost not being sharedwith any other service you can go ahead and kill TermService process bythe following command.
taskkill /F /PID process_id
How to disable Terminal Services from command line?
We can run the below command to disable terminal services.
sc config TermService start= disabled
How to enable Terminal Services from command line?
sc config TermService start= auto
sc config TermService start= demand