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ServiceController.GetServices Method

Retrieves all the services on the local computer, except for the device driver services.

Namespace:  System.ServiceProcess
Assembly:  System.ServiceProcess (in System.ServiceProcess.dll)

Public Shared Function GetServices As ServiceController()
Dim returnValue As ServiceController()

returnValue = ServiceController.GetServices()

Return Value

Type: System.ServiceProcess.ServiceController()
An array of type ServiceController in which each element is associated with a service on the local computer.


An error occurred when accessing a system API.

GetServices returns only the non-device driver services and the services that are not drivers from the local computer. To retrieve device driver services, call the GetDevices method. Together, the two methods provide access to all the services on a computer.

The following example uses the ServiceController class to display the services that are running on the local computer.

Dim scServices() As ServiceController
scServices = ServiceController.GetServices()

' Display the list of services currently running on this computer.
Console.WriteLine("Services running on the local computer:")

Dim scTemp As ServiceController
For Each scTemp In  scServices

   If scTemp.Status = ServiceControllerStatus.Running Then 
      ' Write the service name and the display name 
      ' for each running service.
      Console.WriteLine("  Service :        {0}", scTemp.ServiceName)
      Console.WriteLine("    Display name:    {0}", scTemp.DisplayName)

      ' Query WMI for additional information about this service. 
      ' Display the start name (LocalSytem, etc) and the service 
      ' description. 
      Dim wmiService As ManagementObject
      wmiService = New ManagementObject("Win32_Service.Name='" + scTemp.ServiceName + "'")
      Console.WriteLine("    Start name:      {0}", wmiService("StartName"))
      Console.WriteLine("    Description:     {0}", wmiService("Description"))
   End If 

Next scTemp

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0