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Restarting the Terminal Services Service

How do you restart the terminal services service? In MMC, it is greyed out.

The official word from Microsoft is: "The Terminal Services service is an integrated part of the core OS in Windows, that's why it can't be stopped or restarted as most other services (it is grayed out)."

But try this, it sometimes works...

  1. Open a command prompt
  2. Type in: tasklist /svc /fi "imagename eq svchost.exe"
  3. This will list the different instances of svchost.exe and the associated service and PID
  4. Locate TermService and note the PID for it
  5. Open Task Manager and go to the Processes tab. Then click View > Select Columns and check PID, then click OK
  6. Locate the svchost.exe process with the PID noted in step 4, right click it, select End Process
  7. Open services.msc
  8. Start the Terminal Services service