Force Stop a Windows Service PDF Print E-mail

Go to the command-prompt and query the service (e.g. the SMTP service) by using sc:

sc queryex SMTPSvc

This will give you the following information:

SERVICE_NAME: SMTPSvc

TYPE    : 20  WIN32_SHARE_PROCESS

STATE  : 4  RUNNING

(STOPPABLE, PAUSABLE, ACCEPTS_SHUTDOWN)

WIN32_EXIT_CODE       : 0  (0x0)

SERVICE_EXIT_CODE   : 0  (0x0)

CHECKPOINT               : 0x0

WAIT_HINT                   : 0x0

PID                               : 388

FLAGS       

or something like this (the "state" will mention stopping). Over here you can find the process identifier (PID).

So it's pretty easy to kill the associated process either by using the task manager or by using taskkill:

taskkill /PID 388 /F

where the /F flag is needed to force the process kill (first try without the flag).