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I am getting the following message while trying to remove a windows service with SC command?

C:\Users\chacha>sc delete service_name
[SC] OpenService FAILED 5:

Access is denied.

I tried to change the properties of Service and retried to remove them but failed. Even I disabled the service and restarted the machine :(

Any idea on forcefully removing a service? What is the reason for this "Locking"?

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Try deleting it's entry from regedit at:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SYSTEM/CurrentControlSet/Services

Make sure you reboot afterwards.

Also:

  • Try removing the service while in safe mode.
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You could try using Sysinternals Autoruns program to disable or delete the service.

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Did you do that from an elevated command prompt?

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That's because you need admin rights.

Before opening cmd.exe right click it and select "Run as administrator". Also you can hold CONTROL+SHIFT and press ENTER to open it with admin rights.

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