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Q&A: What do “Automatic (Trigger Start)” and “Manual (Trigger Start)” mean for Windows Services?

  When I look in Services.msc, some of the Windows Services have a startup type of “Automatic (Trigger Start)” and “Manual (Trigger Start)”. What do those mean? — Liam Hi Liam. Those trigger start types are indeed mysterious. And the Services … Continue reading

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Essential Windows Services: Remote Procedure Call (RPC) / RpcSs

In this article… What is the RPC Windows Service? Should I stop the RPC service? Why are all the options for the RPC service grayed out? Questions? Problems? What is the RPC Windows Service? The Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service … Continue reading

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Windows Service Patterns

Windows Services are special applications designed to run unattended on your PC. A service an do virtually anything its programmer demands, such as reading files, sending email, checking for viruses — whatever. Yet in the midst of that tremendous diversity, … Continue reading

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Essential Windows Services: Power

In this article… What is the Power service? Is it safe to disable the Power service? The “Stop” button is disabled. How can I stop the Power service? What will happen if I kill the Power service’s process? The Power … Continue reading

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Q&A: How Do I Give my Windows Service More Time to Stop During Shutdown?

  One of our file ingestion services can take a while to finish all pending database updates and exit cleanly. Sometimes when we reboot the server, Windows doesn’t wait for the service to finish, and we end up with database corruption, … Continue reading

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Essential Windows Services: DcomLaunch / DCOM Server Process Launcher

In this article… What is the DcomLaunch (DCOM Server Process Launcher) service? What happens if I stop the DcomLaunch service? Questions? Problems? What is the DcomLaunch (DCOM Server Process Launcher) service? The DcomLaunch service implements Microsoft’s Component Object Model (COM) … Continue reading

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Essential Windows Services: Schedule / Task Scheduler

In this article… What is the Schedule service? What happens if I stop (or disable) the Schedule service? The “Stop” button is disabled. How can I stop the Schedule service? Is it safe to disable the Schedule service? The Schedule … Continue reading

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Essential Windows Services: Spooler

In this article… What is the Spooler service? What happens if I stop the Spooler service? Is it safe to disable the Spooler service? What should I do if the Spooler service isn’t working? I made a mistake. How do … Continue reading

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Interactive Services Detection Service Removed in Windows 10 (so no more Switching to Session 0)

Microsoft has finally done it. Session 0 is officially off limits. The Interactive Services Detection Service — necessary to switch to Session 0 — has been removed in Windows 10 Version 1803 (released in April 2018). While applications running in … Continue reading

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