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Sc pause


Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003 with SP2, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows 8

Sends a PAUSE control request to a service.

For examples of how to use this command, see Examples.


sc [<ServerName>] pause [<ServiceName>]





Specifies the name of the remote server on which the service is located. The name must use the Universal Naming Convention (UNC) format (for example, \\myserver). To run SC.exe locally, omit this parameter.


Specifies the service name returned by the getkeyname operation.


Displays help at the command prompt.


  • Use the pause command to pause a service before shutting it down.

  • Not all services can be paused.

  • Not all services perform the same when paused. Some services continue to service existing clients but refuse to accept new clients. Others cease to service existing clients and also refuse to accept new clients.


To send a PAUSE control request to the TAPISRV service on the local computer, type:

sc pause tapisrv

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