Resume Service - PowerShell


The Resume-Service command in PowerShell is used to restart a stopped service on a local or remote computer. It allows administrators to manually initiate the service, ensuring that the associated functionality or background tasks resume operation. This command is particularly useful for troubleshooting service outages or recovering from system failures.


Resume-Service [-Name] <ServiceName> [-ComputerName] <ComputerName> [-Credential] <PSCredential> [-Force] [-PassThru] [-WhatIf] [-Confirm]


* Required. Specifies the name of the service to be resumed. Accepts wildcards (*).

* Specifies the remote computer where the service is running. By default, the command resumes services on the local computer.

* Provides credentials to access the remote computer if necessary.

* Forces the service to resume, even if it is paused or disabled. Use with caution.

* Returns an object representing the resumed service.

* Shows what the command would do without actually executing it.

* Prompts for confirmation before executing the command.


Resume a specific service on the local computer:

Resume-Service -Name "W3SVC"

Resume multiple matching services on a remote computer:

Resume-Service -Name "*SQL*" -ComputerName remote-pc

Resume a service even if it is paused or disabled:

Resume-Service -Name "MyService" -Force

Return an object representing the resumed service:

$resumedService = Resume-Service -Name "MyService" -PassThru

Common Issues

  • Service does not resume: Verify that the service name is correct and that the service is in a stopped state before attempting to resume it.
  • Permission denied: Ensure that the user executing the command has sufficient privileges to manage services on the specified computer.
  • Service cannot be paused or disabled: Some services, such as critical system services, cannot be paused or disabled. Attempting to resume such services with the -Force parameter may result in unexpected behavior.


Resume-Service can be combined with other PowerShell commands for advanced automation tasks. For example:

  • Resume multiple services in a loop:
$services = Get-Service -Name "*SQL*"
foreach ($service in $services) {
    Resume-Service -Name $service.Name
  • Send an email notification when a service resumes:
Resume-Service -Name "MyService" | Send-MailMessage -Subject "Service Resumed" -To ""
  • Get-Service
  • Stop-Service
  • Start-Service