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March 2, 2018 at 2:57 pm

I've been told the code I should use and reproduce it below, but have NO idea how to apply it, so I need help.

"To stop a service run the following command:
Stop-Service ServiceName
To start a service run the following command:
Start-Service ServiceName

You can add that code to separate .PS1 files, or use the PowerShell editor to create your scripts."

Since I have no idea about .PS1 files, but CAN launch the Powershell editor – the second option might suit me best.
I can launch Powershell editor – but it evaporates after a few seconds.

March 2, 2018 at 2:59 pm

It might be worth doing some basic learning on PowerShell first, but a .ps1 file is just a text file that PowerShell regards as an executable script. You fill it with commands you want to run, and it runs them in order.

I'm afraid I doin't understand "evaporates" in terms of software, but any text editor will do.

If PowerShell's going to be part of your life, I respectfully suggest you read "Learn Windows PowerShell in a Month of Lunches." It's a short, easy read, and it'll get you very much not he right track with a lot less grief.

March 2, 2018 at 3:43 pm

I have experience with TRYING to write Macros and VBscript – and while I had success, it was only because I got models to adapt my needs to. I found it VERY time consuming.

I infer from your hints that if I put
"To stop a service run the following command:
Stop-Service ServiceName
To start a service run the following command:
Start-Service ServiceName"
into a text file and save it as PS1
I have a script that Powershell can execute.

This is where we run into the 'evaporates' problem.
After I launch Powershell, a DOS like window open for a few seconds, then closes – Powershell 'evaporates'.
I have no idea what is SUPPOSED to happen, but a disappeared window give me NO options to proceed.
I hope you will take mercy on my predicament, and help me further.

I do NOT expect the Powershell is going to be 'part of my life', but since 'using Powershell' has been the only suggestion I got when asking for a shortcut to toggling ONE service, I did start reading the introduction to Powershell – that did NOT reduce my perplexity.

March 2, 2018 at 11:27 pm

If you don't see powershell as part of your life then maybe you would be better sticking with native windows commands. The Sc.exe command can start and stop a service for you, and no powershell is required.

March 3, 2018 at 11:48 pm

I am not fussy about the mechanism to achieve a single click toggle for one service. e.g. I would be happy with a macro or a batch file but I have never heard of an sc.exe command. If sc.exe can do what I want, I would much appreciate some detail about how to apply it.

March 4, 2018 at 12:54 am

Well, at least I now know that sc means Service Control. The rest of that referred post is gobbledgook to me.