ServiceController.GetServices Method (String)

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

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

static array<ServiceController^>^ GetServices (
	String^ machineName
public static ServiceController[] GetServices (
	String machineName
public static function GetServices (
	machineName : String
) : ServiceController[]
Not applicable.



The computer from which to retrieve the services.

Return Value

An array of type ServiceController in which each element is associated with a service on the specified computer.

Exception typeCondition


An error occurred when accessing a system API.


The machineName parameter has invalid syntax.

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

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

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