Net start

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Net start

Starts a service. Used without parameters, net start displays a list of services that are currently operating.


net start [Service]


Service: starts the specified service. The following table lists values for Service.

Service Values

Value Description Remarks


Starts the Alerter service.

  • Start the Alerter service to send alert messages to specified users that are connected to the server. Alert messages warn users about security, access, and user session problems.

  • Use server Manager (that is, systemroot\System32\Srvmgr.exe) to specify the administrators who you want to receive administrative alerts. Server Manager is available on Windows 2000 server computers only.

  • Alert messages are sent as messages from the server to a user's computer. The Messenger service must be running on the user's computer for the user to receive alert messages.


Starts the Computer Browser service.

  • The Computer Browser service maintains an up-to-date list of computers on your network and supplies the list to programs that request it.

"client service for netware"

Starts the Client Service for NetWare service.

  • This command is available only if you have installed Client Service for NetWare.


Starts the ClipBook service.

  • ClipBook permits you to cut and paste text and graphics over the network.

  • The ClipBook service supports ClipBook Viewer, which allows pages to be seen by remote ClipBooks.

dhcp client

Starts the DHCP Client service.

  • This command is available only if you have installed the TCP/IP protocol.

  • The DHCP Client service manages network configuration by registering and updating IP addresses and DNS names. The DHCP Client service supports obtaining an IP address from the DHCP service.

  • You cannot stop or pause the DHCP Client service.


Starts the Event Log service.

  • The Event Log service logs event messages issued by programs and the operating system. Event Log reports contain information that can be useful in diagnosing problems. Reports are viewed in Event Viewer. The Event Log service must be started prior to using Event Viewer to view the logged events.

  • You cannot stop or pause the Event Log service.

file replication

Starts the File Replication Service.

  • None


Starts the Messenger service.

  • The Messenger service enables a computer to receive messages.

  • A message is sent to a computer using the names assigned to the computer as identification.


Starts the Net Logon service.

  • The Net Logon service verifies logon requests and controls domain-wide replication of the user accounts database.

  • Start the Net Logon service on all the servers in a domain that use a copy of the domain's user accounts database.

"nt lm security support provider"

Starts the NT LM Security Support Provider service.

  • This command is available only if you have installed the NT LM Security Support Provider.

"plug and play"

Starts the Plug and Play service.

  • None.

"remote access connection manager"

Starts the Remote Access Connection Manager service.

  • This command is available only if you have installed the Remote Access Service.

"routing and remote access"

Starts the Routing and Remote Access service.

  • None.


Starts the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator service.

  • Allows distributed applications to use the Microsoft RPC name service.

  • The Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator service is the RPC name service for Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition. The RPC Locator manages the RPC name service database.

  • The server side of the distributed application registers its availability with the RPC Locator service. The client side of the distributed application queries the RPC Locator service to find available compatible server applications.


Starts the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service.

  • The Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is the RPC subsystem for Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition. The RPC subsystem includes the endpoint mapper and other miscellaneous RPC services. Net start rpcss starts the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service to allow distributed applications to use dynamic endpoints. The Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service manages the endpoint map database.

  • The server side of the distributed application registers its endpoints with the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service. The client run-time library, on behalf of the client side of the distributed application, queries the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service to obtain the endpoint information.

    To determine whether a distributed application uses the endpoint mapper service, see the documentation for that distributed application.


Starts the Task Scheduler service.

  • With Task Scheduler, you can start programs at a specified time with the at command. You might need to have other services running before you can run scheduled commands.

  • Task Scheduler is initially configured to run in the System account on the local computer. When Task Scheduler runs using this account, there are no restrictions on the jobs that you can run with Task Scheduler. However, these jobs have limited network access because the System account on a local computer is not recognized by other computers.

  • To overcome network access limitations, you can configure Task Scheduler to run in a user's account. If you do this, jobs executed by Task Schedule are governed by the user account's network access. However, because Task Scheduler is not using the local System account in this case, you can only run jobs that do not require the presence of a window.


Starts the server service.

  • You can use the server service to share server resources with users on the network.


Starts the Print Spooler service.

  • The Print Spooler service loads files to memory for printing.

"tcp/ip netbios helper"

Starts the NetBIOS helper over TCP service, which enables NetBIOS over TCP/IP (NetBT) services.

  • NetBT services provide NetBIOS data grams, NetBIOS sessions, and NetBIOS name management (such as name registration and resolution) for NetBIOS applications that are using the TCP/IP protocol.

  • This command is available only if the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) protocol is installed as a component in the properties of a network adapter in Network Connections.


Starts the Uninterruptible Power Supply service.

  • The Uninterruptible Power Supply service manages an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) connected to the computer.

  • You can configure the Uninterruptible Power Supply service by using Power Options in Control Panel. If you configure the Uninterruptible Power Supply service to execute a command file upon shutdown the command file must finish running in 30 seconds. A run time that is greater than 30 seconds threatens the capability of Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition to complete a graceful system shutdown.


Starts the Workstation service.

  • The Workstation service enables a computer to connect to and use network resources.

Net help command: displays help for the specified net command

  • The set of services and applications you see might vary depending on the options you selected during installation or configuration.

  • Some services are dependent on other services.

  • You can use the Services snap-in to configure services to stop and start automatically. Use this snap-in to manually stop, start, pause, and continue network services.

  • You can use Net start to start services that are not provided with the Windows server 2003 family.

  • If a service name contains spaces, use quotation marks around the text (for example, "Service Name").


To list services that are currently operating, type:

net start

To start the Client Service for Netware service, type:

net start "client service for netware"

See Also


Command-line reference A-Z
Command shell overview
Net stop

Other Resources

Net services overview
Net pause
Net continue