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Unable to disable a service (greyed out)

  1. #1

    Unable to disable a service (greyed out)

    A service which is safe to disable (information found on a website)
    is actually greyed out

    In the properties of "software protection" in the services console,
    startup type is "greyed out".

    is there another way to disable it ?

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  2. #2

    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10

    Hello delicate,

    What service is this for?

    In the mean time, you might see if you are able to use one of the other options to stop the service to then disable it.

    Services - Start, Stop, and Disable in Windows 8
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  3. #3

    I runned cmd with admins rights:
    sc config "sppsvc" start=disabled

    & got:

    [SC] Open Service FAILED 5:

    Access is Denied.

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  4. #4


    I found the solution to disable protected services outside the service console brink,
    maybe you should add it as a 4th option
    for protected services:

    Open regedit,
    go to HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\
    find your service name (folder)
    Open it & modify
    Start from "anything" to 4
    to disable the service .. .
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  5. #5

    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10

    Nice find Delicate. I added it as OPTION FOUR.

    Services - Start, Stop, and Disable in Windows 8

    Here's more info I found on this.

    CurrentControlSet\Services Subkey Entries

    Start REG_DWORD Start constant
    Specifies the starting values for the service as follows:


    0 Kernel Represents a part of the
    (Boot) driver stack for the boot
    (startup) volume and must
    therefore be loaded by the
    Boot Loader.

    1 I/O Represents a driver to be loaded
    (System) subsystem at Kernel initialization.

    2 Service To be loaded or started
    (Auto load) Control automatically for all startups,
    Manager regardless of service type.

    3 Service Available, regardless of type,
    (Load on Control but will not be started until
    demand) Manager the user starts it (for example,
    by using the Devices icon in
    Control Panel).

    (disabled) Control CONDITIONS.

    The Start value is ignored for adapters. If Type is a Win32 Service value
    (as described below), the Start value must specify an Auto, Demand, or
    Disabled value.
    Last edited by Brink; 17 Jul 2013 at 09:56.
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Unable to disable a service (greyed out)
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