How to Fix Services.msc Not Opening in Windows 11

Windows Services not working? Unable to open the Services app on Windows 11? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.

Windows Services lists all the services that come pre-installed with the operating system. It is often used for troubleshooting when you need to enable or disable a specific service. To access the “Services,” press the Windows + R key combination to open the Run dialog box. Type “Services.msc” and hit Enter.

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This is the fastest method to launch the Services window. However, if the Windows Services app won’t open on your device, here are a few alternative methods you can try!

Let’s get started.

Also read: Why & How To Disable Microsoft Services On Windows 10

How to Open Windows Services (Services.msc) App on Windows 11?

Method 1: Run Dialog Box

As we mentioned earlier, the quickest way to open the Services window is via the Run dialog box. Here’s what you need to do:

Press the Windows + R key combination, type “Services.msc” and hit Enter.

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Yes, as easy as it sounds. You will now see the Services window on the screen.

Method 2: Use the Command Prompt

Here comes an alternative method to launch the “Services.msc” app on Windows 11.

Tap on the search icon placed on the Taskbar and type “Command Prompt.” Select “Run as Administrator” to launch CMD in admin mode.

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Type “Services.msc” in the Terminal window and hit Enter.

Method 3: Use Windows PowerShell

Tap on the search icon placed on the Taskbar and type “Windows PowerShell.” Select “Run as administrator” to launch PowerShell in admin mode.

Once PowerShell launches in admin mode, type the following command and hit Enter to execute it:

Services.msc

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You will now see the Services window on the screen.

Method 4: Windows Search

Here comes another simple alternative to launch the “Services” app on Windows 11. Follow these quick steps:

services Tap the search icon placed on the Taskbar, type “Services,” and hit Enter.

Also read: What To Do If Windows Defender Keeps Saying Threats Found

Method 5: Via the Start Menu

Not many of you must be aware of this method, where you can simply navigate through the “Start menu” to open “Windows Services.” Here’s what you need to do.

Tap on the Windows/Start icon placed on the Taskbar. Tap on “All apps.”

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Scroll through the list of apps and select “Windows Tools.”

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A new window will now appear on the screen. Select “Services” to launch the Services app.

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Method 6: Use the Control Panel App

Tap on the search icon placed on the Taskbar and type “Control Panel.” Hit Enter to launch the app.

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Select “Administrative Tools.”

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Windows Administrative Tools folder will now appear on the screen. Select “Services” from the list.

Method 7: Use Computer Management

Tap on the search icon placed on the Taskbar and type “Computer Management.” Hit Enter.

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Select the “Services and applications” option from the left menu pane in the Computer Management window.

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Tap on “Services.”

Method 8: Create a new shortcut for “Services.”

Head on to the Desktop and right-click anywhere on the blank space. Select New> Shortcut.

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Type “Services.msc” in the text field and hit on “Next.”

Type a name for the shortcut and hit on the “Finish” button.

Method 9: Run the SFC Scan

SFC (System File Checker) is an in-built Windows utility that scans and restores corrupt system files. If you are stuck with the “Windows Services not working, it may be due to misconfigured settings or a corrupt system file. To resolve this issue, you can run the SFC scan on your Windows 11 PC.

Tap the search icon placed on the Taskbar, and type “Command Prompt.” Select “Run as administrator.”

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Type the following command and hit Enter to execute it:

sfc/scannow

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Wait for a few minutes until the scanning process is completed. Once it’s completed, reboot your device, try launching the Services app using any of the above-listed methods, and check if the issue was resolved.

Also read: How to Perform a Clean Boot on Windows 11

Conclusion

There were a few simple methods to fix the “Windows Services app won’t open” issue. You can use any of the above-listed methods to open the Microsoft Services app on your device. Do let us know which method did the trick for you.

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