MS-DOS and Windows command line disable command

Updated: 05/21/2018 by Computer Hope
disable command

The disable command is part of the Recovery Console. It is utilized to disable Windows system services or drivers.

Availability

The disable command is available in the following Microsoft operating systems.

Disable syntax

Disables a Windows system service or driver.

DISABLE servicename

The servicename is the name of the service or driver to be disabled.

Disable prints the old start_Type of the service before resetting it to SERVICE_DISABLED. You should make a note of the old start_Type, in case you need to enable the service again.

The start_Type values that the disable command displays are:

SERVICE_DISABLED
SERVICE_BOOT_START
SERVICE_SYSTEM_START
SERVICE_AUTO_START
SERVICE_DEMAND_START

Disable examples

disable <servicename> SERVICE_AUTO_START

The example above would disable the auto start service. If you want to re-enable this service, you would want to use the enable command, using the old start_Type.

To list the available services and drivers, run the listsvc command.

Additional information

  • See our disable definition for further information and related links on this term.