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Manually removing a windows service

I was working on a small project which involved building a .NET WorkFlow library and a windows service that invokes the WF library to perform a number of sequence activities.   After building the application I also had to build the installer so that I could install the service automatically on the production server.

The thing I missed was to put a custom action in the installer to remove the service.   So, when I uninstalled the application on the production server the service still existed.
Easiest way to remove a service is to open regedt32 and navigate to this path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services

Find the service you are looking for and delete it.

I did attempt to use the command from the command prompt “sc delete <service_name>” but this failed to remove it.

References:

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/197876/how-do-i-uninstall-a-windows-service-if-the-files-does-not-exist-anymore