6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247) 0.67%
6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247) 0.71%
6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247) 1.35%
6.2.8400.0 (winmain_win8rc.120518-1423) 0.08%
6.2.8400.0 (winmain_win8rc.120518-1423) 0.08%
6.2.8250.0 (winmain_win8beta.120217-1520) 0.04%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 20.13%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 36.27%
6.0.6000.16386 (vista_rtm.061101-2205) 5.47%
6.0.6000.16386 (vista_rtm.061101-2205) 0.04%
6.0.6000.16386 (vista_rtm.061101-2205) 0.36%
6.0.6000.16386 (vista_rtm.061101-2205) 1.23%
6.0.6000.16386 (vista_rtm.061101-2205) 0.36%
5.2.3790.4455 (srv03_sp2_gdr.090203-1205) 0.04%
5.1.2600.5922 (xpsp_sp3_qfe.091223-1723) 1.39%
5.1.2600.5755 (xpsp_sp3_gdr.090206-1234) 23.90%
5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2111) 1.82%
5.1.2600.3520 (xpsp_sp2_qfe.090206-1239) 0.24%
5.1.2600.3520 (xpsp_sp2_gdr.090206-1233) 1.23%
5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158) 4.60%



Services and Controller app by Microsoft

Remove services.exe
This is a Windows system installed file with Windows File Protection (WFP) enabled.


There are 20 versions of services.exe in the wild, the latest version being 6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247). It is started as a Windows Service called 'Plug and Play' with the name 'PlugPlay' and described as “Enables a computer to recognize and adapt to hardware changes with little or no user input. Stopping or disabling this service will result in system instability.”. . In addition, it is run under the context of the SYSTEM account with extensive privileges (the administrator accounts have the same privileges). This is executed as a shared service (which simply means that this service can share a process with other Win32 services). The average file size is about 249.97 KB. During the process's lifecycle, the typical CPU resource utilization is about 0.0047% including both foreground and background operations, the average private memory consumption is about 6.56 MB with the maximum memory reaching around 10.12 MB. Addionally, typically read and write I/O disk operations is about 9.52 KB per minute for reads and 26.75 KB per minute for writes.

What is services.exe?

Service Control Manager (SCM) is a special system process which starts, stops and interacts with Windows service processes. The SCM executable, Services.exe, runs as a Windows console program, and is launched by the Wininit process early during the system startup.


File name:services.exe
Publisher:Microsoft Corporation
Product name:Services and Controller app
Description:Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Typical file path:C:\Windows\System32\services.exe
Original name:services.exe.mui
Windows Service
Service name:PlugPlay
Display name:Plug and Play
Description:“Enables a computer to recognize and adapt to hardware changes with little or no user input. Stopping or disabling this service will result in system instability.”


(Note, the behaviors below are for all versions of services.exe, select a unique version for details.)
Runs under 'SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services' as a shared service by the Service Host (svchost.exe)
  • 'PlugPlay' (Plug and Play)
  • 'Eventlog' (Event Log)
  • PlugPlay
  • 'Eventlog' (Windows Event Log)

VersionsAll file variations of services.exe

MD5SHA-1File size
575fb4211bb07db7d2179b1b05fe7efd ab3281274730d34ba320bcd91257867c56a2b2cc 325.5 KB
754a2cc1f32107ea87cbd305abe3e618 116217e5f733d3c607120133da6bb8776f8cfc48 401 KB
6528baaca25356fe226904dd36c82ba7 747b9e94c9f5c74ae2ad9504aae5a88817863335 325 KB
b5643cd44ef5f7514d1c6ba2fbbd5e7e e4f8e812d9468347615dc3e6af3cdf71dabe45ad 398.5 KB
b9b3ef6215ed2f53a55bf5ace2536a5f f73cc2a6229c42edcefec4245d88d3f05d402ce9 325.5 KB
cace103fdcdd2b6f5b3614d6c0e15a20 7ed5b91611488dd6425acea134e72241b7d5df7e 326.5 KB
5f1b6a9c35d3d5ca72d6d6fdef9747d6 54a90c371155985420f455361a5b3ac897e6c96e 253 KB
24acb7e5be595468e3b9aa488b9b4fcb a5b16a7d28d2ba79a9ccfc16ed480ad75a757166 321 KB
d4e6d91c1349b7bfb3599a6ada56851b d1fdd47a13a50805ed4e3d17816c2cd036503421 273 KB
dfac660f0f139276cc9299812de42719 4c9f1d8da9dd96e9d95cc546b92573e99b272c30 375.5 KB
329cf3c97ce4c19375c8abcabae258b0 33e6d6e00de7c2d77da48d13cd7ddc98f2bfadb4 273 KB
934e0b7d77ff78c18d9f8891221b6de3 a1af1d6829236b5bd9980175f8aedd9f9ff3f4b0 375.5 KB
2b336ab6286d6c81fa02cbab914e3c6c e2465e3e24fced09b2a4f3682138c67fc34f1ae9 272.5 KB
cf500580cdd83b145646a4dcfce1cf3c 270673bccdfe960a8885a4f99aceb0c8522ff7e5 110.5 KB
c519e15665cd89a91ad383fce3cb556a 75b6774627e006668c0a41bb06fb806d68f74cd5 108 KB
65df52f5b8b6e9bbd183505225c37315 de3701d2c03d9ae29b2d87eccafbbcadf1bfb7e3 108 KB
0e776ed5f7cc9f94299e70461b7b8185 cb5a33cec4c7b8ef4bd5dc8c241005b66b26cbbf 106 KB
4712531ab7a01b7ee059853ca17d39bd 417847305c30fc70cafd2428cfe189b07ff917f2 108 KB
37561f8d4160d62da86d24ae41fae8de f1512a4b19f70fbd918cf96e2518f39961f6f2f3 108 KB
c6ce6eec82f187615d1002bb3bb50ed4 b958912d139cb8dbfeeacdd38ba048c4f452174e 105.5 KB

Windows OS versionsDistribution by Windows OS

OS versiondistribution
Windows 7 Home Premium 49.00%
Windows 7 Ultimate 29.25%
Windows 7 Professional 10.00%
Windows Vista Home Premium 4.00%
Windows 7 Home Basic 3.00%
Windows 7 Starter 0.75%
Windows 8 Pro 0.75%
Windows 7 Enterprise 0.75%
Windows Seven Black Edition 0.50%
Windows Vista Home Basic 0.50%
Windows Vista Ultimate 0.50%
Windows Se7en Titan 0.25%
Windows 8 Pro with Media Center 0.25%
Windows Vista Business 0.25%
Windows 8 0.25%

Distribution by countryDistribution by country

United States installs about 39.65% of Services and Controller app.

OEM distributionDistribution by PC manufacturer

PC Manufacturerdistribution
Dell 21.60%
Hewlett-Packard 17.32%
ASUS 17.13%
Acer 12.85%
Toshiba 9.31%
Sony 6.33%
Lenovo 4.10%
Samsung 2.05%
Intel 1.86%
MSI 1.12%
Alienware 0.74%
Medion 0.74%
American Megatrends 0.56%
Sahara 0.37%
Gateway 0.37%
NEC 0.37%
Compaq 0.37%
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