You can now start, stop, pause and get status of an NT service by including this .au3: (needs AutoIt beta v3.1.1.110 or above) _NTServices.au3 It provides four major functions: _ServiceStatus(), _ServicePause(), _ServiceStart(), _ServiceStop(). For example, status of IIS Administration Service on local machine can be retrieved like this: $status = _ServiceStatus("IISAdmin") According to the service itself, $status could be one of these: "Stopped" "Start Pending" "Stop Pending" "Runn