Run Safari as a Windows Service with AlwaysUp

How to Run Safari 24/7 as a Windows Service with AlwaysUp

Start the Safari browser automatically when your PC boots; Keep it running 24/7, even in the face of hangs, crashes or memory leaks

Safari is Apple's web browser available on its wildly popular i-devices. It also runs on Windows (XP SP2 and later).

To setup Safari as a Windows Service with AlwaysUp:

  1. Download and install AlwaysUp, if necessary.

  2. Download and install Safari if necessary. By default, Safari is installed to C:\Program Files (x86)\Safari (or C:\Program Files\Safari on 32-bit versions of Windows) and we will use that setting in the steps below.

  3. Start AlwaysUp.

  4. Select Application > Add to open the Add Application window:

    Add Application

  5. On the General tab:

    • In the Application field, enter the full path to the Safari executable file, Safari.exe. Since we installed Safari in the default folder, we have specified:

      C:\Program Files (x86)\Safari\Safari.exe

    • In the Name field, enter the name that you will call the application in AlwaysUp. We have used Safari but feel free to specify almost any name you like.

    Safari Windows Service: General Tab

  6. Click on to the LogOn tab and enter the user name and password of the Windows account where you installed and configured Safari. Safari must run in this account so that it can find its settings, bookmarks, etc.

    Safari Windows Service: LogOn Tab

  7. Click over to the Startup tab and check the Ensure that the Windows Networking components have started box. Safari uses TCP/IP, the language of the Internet, and AlwaysUp must ensure that all the infrastructure is in place before Safari tries to open a web page.

    Safari Windows Service: Startup Tab

  8. Almost there! Click the Save >> button and in a couple of seconds, an application called Safari will show up in the AlwaysUp window. It is not yet running though (notice the State column).

    Safari Windows Service: Created

  9. To start Safari, choose Application > Start "Safari". The state should transition to Running:

    Safari Windows Service: Running

    On Windows 8/7/Vista/XP and Server 2008/2012, Safari will be running in the background on the isolated Session 0. Select Tools > Switch to Session 0 to see it:

    Safari Windows Service: Running in Session 0

  10. Note: If running in the background in Session 0 is not an option and Safari must be visible on screen all the time (for example, if you are constructing a Kiosk application), you may want to follow these instructions to run Safari in a "regular" user session.

  11. That's it! Next time your computer boots, Safari will start up immediately, before anyone logs on. We encourage you to edit Safari in AlwaysUp and check out the many other settings that may be appropriate for your environment.



Safari not working properly as a Windows Service?

  • From AlwaysUp, select Application > Report Activity > Today... to bring up a HTML report detailing the interaction between AlwaysUp and your application. The AlwaysUp Event Log Messages page explains the more obscure messages.
  • Consult the AlwaysUp FAQ for answers to commonly asked questions and troubleshooting tips.
  • Contact us and we will be happy to help!

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