Prevent “Service has been marked for deletion” while installing windows services

A reminder, if the above message is encountered when installing a windows service after removing a previous version, then

  • Close all instances of Event Log viewer

  • Close all instances of Services MMC (Microsoft Management Console) for all users on server

  • Use task manager to ensure the old service process is not running

  • Sign other users out of server if above fails

Since understanding the above the message no longer haunts me.

Stackoverflow post: How to solve “The specified service has been marked for deletion” error