Disable Services in a VB Script?

Posted on 2003-11-19
Last Modified: 2010-04-13
Is it possible to disable system services in a visual basic script?  If so can anyone provide the source code?!?  It is to run as a logon script on a lab of WindowsXP machines connected to a Windows 2000 Domain.
Question by:CliftonAdmin
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Rindbaek earned 250 total points
ID: 9786033
Below is a script that stops all dependent services for the apache2 service, then it stops the service and finally disables it replace the service name withe one(s) you need to stop

Its basically a modified version of :

You can find the description of win_32classes here:


' **********************CUT Script below***********************

strComputer = "."

'First we stops all dependent services (may not be needed and can then be deleted)
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:" & "{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
Set colServiceList = objWMIService.ExecQuery("Associators of " & "{Win32_Service.Name='Apache2'} Where " & "AssocClass=Win32_DependentService " & "Role=Antecedent" )
For each objService in colServiceList

'now wait 20 seconds for the dependent services to stop (could be more, could be less)
Wscript.Sleep 20000

'Stops the actual service
Set colServiceList = objWMIService.ExecQuery ("Select * from Win32_Service where Name='Apache2'")
For each objService in colServiceList
errReturn = objService.StopService()

'Disables the actual service
Set colServiceList = objWMIService.ExecQuery ("Select * from Win32_Baseservice where Name='Apache2'")
For each objService in colServiceList
errReturn = objService.ChangeStartMode("Disabled")

' remove the  '  from the next line while testing.
' Wscript.Echo "Done"


Author Comment

ID: 9791097
Thanks very much your script didn't work, I didn't try to debug though because the script from Microsoft worked great!  Cheers.


Expert Comment

ID: 9795947
I think the problems is that some of the lines has been wrap'ed

in my browser its this line:
Set colServiceList = objWMIService.ExecQuery("Associators of " & "{Win32........

so all this should be on a single line or have an _ attched at the end of the line to show that the line continues below.

Set colServiceList = objWMIService.ExecQuery("Associators of " & "{Win32_Service.Name='Apache2'} Where "  & "AssocClass=Win32_DependentService " & "Role=Antecedent" )

 could be rewritten like this:

Set colServiceList = objWMIService.ExecQuery("Associators of " & _
 "{Win32_Service.Name='Apache2'} Where "  & _
 "AssocClass=Win32_DependentService " & "Role=Antecedent" )

Sorry that I didn't think about that.


Author Comment

ID: 9807184
Yep that did fix it... thanks for following through when I already accepted the answer.

You have been a great help.


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