I want to delete MyNewService, but when I type in

sc delete MyNewService

I simply can't delete it because there is no such servic, due to

"the Specified service does not exist as an installed service"


Any ideas how to solve this problem?

Edit: as far as the service panel is concerned, the MyNewService is there all the time. I restarted the PC a few times and it's there.

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    May 2, 2009 at 12:01

4 Answers 4


View the properties of the service and you'll see a "Service Name" and "Display Name". The display name is the one you see in services.msc, you need to use the service name with the net command however. Sometimes they're very different for example "Extensible Authentication Protocol Service" is the display name and "EapHost" is the service name.

  • Excellent, I needed this to alter my instance of sql server but couldn't get it to work! I was trying it with "SQL Server (SQLEXPRESS)" but needed MSSQL$SQLEXPRESS! Feb 24, 2011 at 10:33

sc delete "SERVICE NAME". Don't forget to put double quotes around the service name (if it has spaces in it). If left out it won't delete the service.

  • This might seem like a silly answer, but if you use single quotes instead of double quotes it doesn't work. +1 from me Apr 6, 2020 at 22:39

I had faced the same issue even the service name was correct. Finally I did the following

  1. R-Clicked on your service name (Search 'Services' from system search bar) and found the 'Path to executable'.

  2. Deleted the entry from HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services<YourServiceName>\

  3. Deleted the original executable from 'Path to executable'

  4. Restarted the computer.


Here is the steps how to install, uninstall and delete the services from services.msc.

  1. installutil ServiceName
  2. installutil /u ServiceName
  3. sc delete "ServiceName"

Note open the visual studio command prompt as an administrator and then run the above commands.

  • My question is about when the last step (delete "ServiceName") fails. You are not addressing my question
    – Graviton
    Aug 10, 2016 at 5:39

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