Run TwoToneDetect as a Windows Service with AlwaysUp

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

Start TwoToneDetect as soon as your computer boots and keep it running unattended in the background. No need to log on to capture two-tone pages!

TwoToneDetect is a free application that interfaces with a radio receiver or scanner, detects two-tone pages, records the audio and sends the recording via email or text.

To setup TwoToneDetect to run as a Windows Service with AlwaysUp:

  1. If you don't already have TwoToneDetect installed, install it now. Simply download the zip file from the TwoToneDetect home page and extract its contents to a new folder. We have placed TwoToneDetect in C:\TwoToneDetect and that path will show up throughput this tutorial.

  2. Download and install AlwaysUp, if necessary.

  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 TwoToneDetect executable. Since we have installed version 67, this is TwoToneDetect67a.exe for us. The name on your system may vary slightly.

    • In the Name field, enter the name that you will call the application in AlwaysUp. We have stuck with the default of TwoToneDetect67a but you can specify another value if you like.

    TwoToneDetect Windows Service: General Tab

  6. Switch to the Logon tab and enter the username and password of the account where you can run TwoToneDetect normally - probably the account you are logged in to right now. While not necessarily required, we recommend running in a user account to avoid running into any security issues...

    TwoToneDetect Windows Service: Logon Tab

  7. Click over to the Startup tab and check the Ensure that the Windows Networking components have started box. This informs AlwaysUp that TwoToneDetect needs TCP/IP networking support to do its work.

    TwoToneDetect Windows Service: Startup Tab

  8. We are now done configuring TwoToneDetect to run as a service so click the Save >> button to record your settings. In a few seconds, an entry for called TwoToneDetect67a (or whatever you called it) will show up in the AlwaysUp window. It is not yet running though, and the state will be Stopped:

    TwoToneDetect Windows Service: Created

  9. To start TwoToneDetect from AlwaysUp, choose Application > Start "TwoToneDetect67a". The server will start "invisible", in the background, on the isolated Session 0. Click the green circle to see the details of the running process:

    TwoToneDetect Windows Service: Running

    If you wish to see TwoToneDetect window, select Tools > Switch to Session 0 to visit the austere Session 0 desktop. Or select Application > Start "TwoToneDetect67a" in this session to run it visibly on your desktop.

  10. That's it! Next time your computer boots, TwoToneDetect will start up immediately, before anyone logs on.

    We encourage you to edit TwoToneDetect in AlwaysUp and check out the many other settings that may be appropriate for your environment. For example, hide TwoToneDetect window (thus avoiding the dreaded Interactive Services Detection dialog), send an email when TwoToneDetect crashes, restart TwoToneDetect nightly to cure memory leaks, and much more.

TwoToneDetect not working properly as a Windows Service?

  • Consult the AlwaysUp Troubleshooter - our online tool that can help you resolve the most common problems encountered when running an application as a windows service.
  • From AlwaysUp, select Application > Report Activity > Today... to bring up a HTML report detailing the interaction between AlwaysUp and TwoToneDetect. The AlwaysUp Event Log Messages page explains the messages that may turn up.
  • Browse 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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