Microsoft DOS disable command

Updated: 05/21/2018 by Computer Hope

About disable

The disable command is a recovery console command that disables Windows system services or drivers.


The disable command is a recovery console command that is available in the below 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:


Disable examples

disable <servicename> SERVICE_AUTO_START

The above example 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

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