I do not want IIS to start automatically with Windows. How do I change this? Is there a setting in IIS manager? I have looked around in the menus for one but I couldn't find an option.

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    I would suggest that professional admins often support developers -- we all know DevOps is on the ascent at the moment. Dev's often need certain services on or off that may differ from a production deploy.
    – EricB
    Apr 2, 2014 at 21:05
  • Yes, but development environments are still explicitly off-topic. If you want to open the discussion about that policy I would recommend asking on Meta.
    – HBruijn
    Aug 22, 2014 at 15:38
  • Regardless, this is in fact a very helpful question. Should be moved to another site? Superuser perhaps.
    – zeel
    Apr 20, 2015 at 19:53
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    @HBruijn: how can this question be off-topic if it is about IIS server and the first bullet-point of the linked "on-topic" site is "managing the hardware or software of servers"?
    – Sk8erPeter
    Feb 1, 2016 at 7:33
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    @HBruijn: yes, it's true, but IIS is a server, so I don't really understand why server-related questions would be off-topic here. :) It doesn't really matter if you install IIS on Windows Server 20xx or Windows 7-8-10. Based on your argument, Apache-related questions would also be off-topic if it was installed on Windows 7...
    – Sk8erPeter
    Feb 2, 2016 at 16:04

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In services.msc set World Wide Web Publishing Service (W3svc) to manual instead of automatic start.

  • I was writing that LOL - just with a very small bit more detail. Mar 7, 2012 at 2:42
  • If you feel like you can improve on my answer, edit away!
    – MDMarra
    Mar 7, 2012 at 2:43
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    OK I found "World Wide Web Publishing Service" but not W3svc. Is that the same thing? Mar 7, 2012 at 2:47
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    Yes, it's the same
    – MDMarra
    Mar 7, 2012 at 2:59
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    @pythonian29033 and installing a linux OS is impossible because of windows 8 what exactly does having Windows 8 have to do with installing Linux?
    – MDMarra
    Oct 1, 2013 at 13:13

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