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There are times when Windows Services are installed and for various reasons, that hopefully are not important to the answer, the service no longer has the installer attached to it. Therefore, this particular service shows up in the list of Services, but cannot be uninstalled through normal practices.

In situations like this, how does one go about manually removing the orphaned service?

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Using sc.exe from system32 dir:

sc delete <service_name>

(be sure to stop the service first)

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And then (and only then) remove files (executable or otherwise). – Richard May 1 '09 at 15:26
One comment, if your service has a space in the name, you should use: sc delete "<service name>" – Saariko Jun 5 '12 at 7:26

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