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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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Manage Your Windows Services with Windows Admin Center

In April 2018, Microsoft released Windows Admin Center (WAC) — a new web-based tool for managing PCs remotely. With Windows Admin Center, administrators can perform many routine tasks from the browser, including: List all processes on your PC Start a … Continue reading

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Wondering if Your Legacy Desktop Application Will Work as a Windows Service? Answer These 3 Questions to Find Out

Does your old (but important) desktop application need to run all the time? Should it start immediately after a reboot, even when no one is there to log on and kick it off? If so, you should consider installing your … Continue reading

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How to Use VNC to Remotely Access Session 0 (with Keyboard and Mouse!)

Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 contain a curious problem affecting interactive windows services. When you switch to Session 0, you cannot use the keyboard and mouse. This frustrating flaw makes it impossible to interact with any window displayed in … Continue reading

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When did my Windows Service Start?

Here are four ways to determine when your windows service last started. Solution #1: Search the Windows Event Logs with PowerShell The Windows Event Logs hold a wealth of information about your computer’s activities. Indeed, a new record is added … Continue reading

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Why doesn’t my Windows Service Start at Boot?

Windows Services promise 24/7 operation and it can be very frustrating when they don’t start as expected! Here are the top five reasons why a service may fail to launch when your server boots: Your Windows Service isn’t set to … Continue reading

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