Services window defaults to 'Extended' view

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To make the Services window open in Standard view by default:

Open command prompt.

To preserve the original Services msc file:
copy %systemroot%\system32\services.msc %systemroot%\system32\services_orig.msc

Now open the Services msc in author mode so that you can change it's settings:
mmc /a %systemroot%\system32\services.msc
Click the "Standard" tab at the bottom
From the menu, "File > Save" then "File > Exit"

Note: you may be prompted to "save in MMC 3.0?", click yes since the current machine uses MMC 3.0.

Similar procedure for changing the Services item in Computer Management:

To preserve the original Computer Mangement msc file:
copy %systemroot%\system32\compmgmt.msc %systemroot%\system32\compmgmt_orig.msc

mmc /a %systemroot%\system32\compmgmt.msc
Navigate in the left pane: Services and Applications > Services Click the "Standard" tab at the bottom
From the menu, "File > Save" then "File > Exit"

Again: you may be prompted to "save in MMC 3.0?", click yes since the current machine uses MMC 3.0.

By the way: if you left "Services" selected when you saved the compmgmt.msc in author mode, then that item will be selected whenever you open Computer Management console - along with the window size and the column widths.

Copy/paste text for convenience:


copy %systemroot%\system32\services.msc %systemroot%\system32\services_orig.msc
copy %systemroot%\system32\compmgmt.msc %systemroot%\system32\compmgmt_orig.msc
mmc /a %systemroot%\system32\services.msc
mmc /a %systemroot%\system32\compmgmt.msc
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