CloseServiceHandle function (winsvc.h)

Closes a handle to a service control manager or service object.


BOOL CloseServiceHandle(
  [in] SC_HANDLE hSCObject


[in] hSCObject

A handle to the service control manager object or the service object to close. Handles to service control manager objects are returned by the OpenSCManager function, and handles to service objects are returned by either the OpenService or CreateService function.

Return value

If the function succeeds, the return value is nonzero.

If the function fails, the return value is zero. To get extended error information, call GetLastError.

The following error code can be set by the service control manager. Other error codes can be set by registry functions that are called by the service control manager.

Return code Description
The specified handle is invalid.


The CloseServiceHandle function does not destroy the service control manager object referred to by the handle. A service control manager object cannot be destroyed. A service object can be destroyed by calling the DeleteService function.


For an example, see Deleting a Service.


Requirement Value
Minimum supported client Windows XP [desktop apps only]
Minimum supported server Windows Server 2003 [desktop apps only]
Target Platform Windows
Header winsvc.h (include Windows.h)
Library Advapi32.lib
DLL Advapi32.dll

See also





SCM Handles

Service Functions