Microsoft DOS enable command

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

About enable

The enable command is a recovery console command to enable a disabled service or driver.

Availability

The enable command is a recovery console command that is available in the below Microsoft operating systems.

Windows 2000
Windows XP

Enable syntax

Enables a Windows system service or driver.

ENABLE servicename [start_Type]

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

The start_Type is how the service or driver is scheduled to be started. Valid start-Type values are:

SERVICE_BOOT_START
SERVICE_SYSTEM_START
SERVICE_AUTO_START
SERVICE_DEMAND_START

Enable prints the old start_Type of the service before resetting it to the new value. Note the old value, in case it is necessary to restore the start_Type of the service. If you do not specify a new start_Type, enable prints the old start_Type.

Enable examples

enable <servicename> SERVICE_SYSTEM_START

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

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

Additional information

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