Start one or more stopped services.

      Start-Service { [-name] string[]
                    | [-displayName] string[]
                    | [-inputObject ServiceController[]] }
                         [-include string[]] [-exclude string[]]
                            [-passthru] [-whatIf]
                               [-confirm] [CommonParameters]

   -name string
       The service names to be started.

   -displayName string
       The display names to be started, wildcards are permitted.

   -inputObject ServiceController
       Start the services represented by ServiceController.
       Enter a command, expression or variable that contains the objects.

   -include string
       Start only the specified services. Qualifies the -Name parameter.
       Wildcards , such as "s*" are permitted.

   -exclude string
       Omit the specified services e.g. "*SS64*"
       Qualifies the -Name parameter, Wildcards are permitted.

       Pass the object created by Start-Service along the pipeline. 

       Describe what would happen if you executed the command without
       actually executing the command.

       Prompt for confirmation before executing the command.

Standard Aliases for Start-Service: sasv

If a service is already running, the start message is ignored without error.
-ServiceName is an alias for -Name.

If a service has it's Start_Type set to Disabled then you must use Set-Service to change the Startup to Manual (or Automatic) before you will be able to start the service.


Use the -whatif parameter to show what would happen if the 'Themes' service were to be started:

PS C:\> start-service -name Themes -whatif

Start the Themes service and log the result to a file:

PS C:\> start-service -name Themes -passthru | format-list >> startup_log.txt

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Related PowerShell Cmdlets

Get-Service - Get a list of services.
New-Service - Create a new service.
- Restart a stopped service.
- Resume a suspended service.
- Make and set changes to the properties of a service.
- Stop a running service.
- Suspend a running service.
Get-CIMInstance Win32_Service -Filter "name = 'ServiceName'"
Windows cmd command: NET START / SC - Service Control.

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