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Windows service

Windows 7

What is a windows service:

Windows service is a computer program that operates in the background.

It is similar in concept to a unix daemon.

A service is an application almost like any other, the difference between services and other programs is that they run in the background and don't have a user interface you can click or tap on.



Windows services provide core operating system features such as:

Windows services are intended to provide core operating system features such as web serving, event logging, file serving, printing or error reporting:

Event Logging:       Windows Event Log Service

Providing Security:  Windows Firewall Service

Error reporting:     Windows Error Reporting Service




When would an developer use a windows service:

In general, you should create a windows service to run code in the background all the time, without any sort of user interaction.

An developer can use a windows service to host a wcf service.

You can then configure the windows service to start automatically when the computer starts.

This makes you wcf service always available for clients to consume even if no-one is logged on that computer.



To view all the services installed on a windows machine:

1. Open run windows (by pressing windows key + r key).

2. Type services.msc and press enter:



3. The services window should display all the services installed on your computer.





How windows service differ from regular applications and programs:

A windows service is similar to any other program or application running on a windows machine.

The following are the differences between a windows service and a regular application:

1. Windows service runs in the background.

2. They can be configured to start automatically when the system starts.



3. They don't have user interface.



Windows service: listing services, start service, stop service, pause service, resume service, or restart service:

To use windows services:


1. Open services.



2. In the details panel > click the service, and then, on the Action menu, click Start, Stop, Pause, Resume, or Restart



3. Or: In the details panel > right-click the service, and then click Start, Stop, Pause, Resume, or Restart.



For more information, see here.

Created on: Monday, October 28, 2013 by Andrew Sin