How To Start, Stop, Restart & Pause Services In Windows Home Server 2011

Certain services in Windows based servers are not active be default. Just like in Windows Server 2008 R2, the Aero glass effect is not active as the themes service requires being activated.

Since Windows Home Server 2011 is based on Windows Server 2008 R2, therefore, activation and deactivation of services is similar to the former. In this post I will tell you how to start/stop services in Windows Home Server 2011 (Vail). The below example shows how to activate Internet Connection Sharing (ICS).

To activate or disable a Windows service, go to Start –> Administrative Tools – Services.

Start Menu

Select the service properties which you wish to activate or disable (via right-click menu).


From the General tab, select Automatic, Manual or Disabled (as required). As we are enabling ICS we will select Automatic. Click Apply, OK to proceed.


Finally, select Start from the right click context menu.

This will start the selected service. The same method can be used to Stop, Restart, Pause and Resume services, by selecting the appropriate option.