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We had a service set up with HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\servicename\DependOnService of other services set to this one service. When I would shut down the one service, all its dependents would shut down automatically.

However, after some internal changes to these in-house services, they no longer depend on the one service. So, I removed it from their DependOnService keys using regedit. The problem is, in the Services window, it still insists that if I shut down the one service the others will be shut down, but I don't want to cause any more down time on them than I have already today. I've tried closing the Services window and launching it again, to no avail. Is there any way to get it to re-read the DependOnService data?

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    good question, but I'm pretty sure you'll need to reboot the server. – tony roth Mar 28 '13 at 19:21
  • Agree with @tonyroth. You've made a change to a very fundamental component of the OS. Time to reboot. – Ryan Ries Mar 28 '13 at 22:58
  • Oddly, one of them picked up by itself for no apparent reason, but the other three were still on the list when I would try to shut it down. – Kev Mar 29 '13 at 1:49
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From an elevated command prompt, enter (Surround service name in quotes if it has a space):

sc config <service name> depend= /
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  • thanks, it worked for me. – SergeyT Oct 6 at 21:20
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You can't. You have to reboot.

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