Start a stopped service on multiple devices using Powershell


Following on from our recent guide about restarting a service on multiple devices, we were also asked about starting a stopped service using a similar method.

This is pretty simple and can be carried out in almost exactly the same way.

Powershell Script

So to carry this out, you should create a txt file with the list of device names in it and then run the below Powershell script as an administrator:

$Servers = Get-Content C:\TGH\serverlist.txt
Invoke-Command -ComputerName $Servers -ScriptBlock 
    if ((Get-Service -Name spooler).Status -ne "Running") 
    Start-Service -Name spooler


The variables you will be most interested in changing are:

  • C:\TGH\serverlist.txt – this is the file location and filename of the text file that you have created with all the device names in where you want to start the service. You can manually fill this in or use an Active Directory export or gather it from Configuration Manager data. The only information in there is the NETBIOS name of each device.
  • Spooler – this is the name of the service that you wish to restart. For this guides purpose we have used the Print Spooler – with the service name being Spooler:

Spooler Service

Remember not to use the Display Name of Print Spooler.

Then go ahead and run the Powershell script and it will go through your full list of devices from the txt file that you created and restart the single service on each of the devices.


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