How to see services related to a process in Windows 10

When your Windows PC starts, many programs open at startup. Some long-running processes, which mostly do system functions are called Services. Service processes usually have no user interface and don't interact with the user. The most famous service process, is svchost.exe which always has multiple instances running and is responsible for many Windows services, e.g. Windows Update or Action Center notifications. You can easily check which services are running from its process. Follow these simple instructions to learn how.

All we need is the Windows Task Manager.

  1. Open the Task Manager by pressing the Ctrl + Shift + Esc shortcut on the keyboard or by right clicking the Taskbar.launch task manager in Windows 10
  2. Switch to the Details tab.
  3. Right click the desired process. Suppose a particular instance of svchost.exe process is consuming lots of memory and you want to find out which service is causing that, then, click on that instance of svchost.exe and choose Go to Service(s).windows 10 go to services
    The Services tab will be opened automatically, and all services created by the selected instance of the svchost.exe process will be highlighted.
    windows 10 services for process

That's all. Also, Task Manager allows you to stop and restart services from its tabs.

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2 thoughts on “How to see services related to a process in Windows 10

  1. MDJ

    I don‘t think there was a need for tutorial since this is the same as for Windows 7 or Windows 8.


    So, I did not know that this was possible. It was an idea in my head that services are completely separate from processes. It seems not, which lead me to discovering that one svchost was still running OneDrive sync even though I had explicitly disabled it.

    Very odd, since the service listed doesn’t even appear in services.msc. I had to disable it by registry editing. Hopefully there’s no repercussions of doing this, but in that rare case I’ve got a backup prepared.

    Anyway, cheers for writing this piece! Very informative.


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