The Core Technologies Blog

Our Software // Windows Services // 24×7 Operation


AlwaysUp not Working? Please Send us these Details so we can Help!

Help us help you

Sorry to hear that you are having a problem running your application with AlwaysUp! Windows services can be tricky beasts but our team of experts has spent many years wrestling them into submission. Rest assured that we will do our best to get you up and running ASAP.

As with most technical problems, the devils are in the details. Please answer these six questions to help us diagnose the problem:

  1. What application are you installing as a Windows Service?

  2. AlwaysUp runs thousands of programs, batch files and scripts, but each one brings its own unique challenges. Which one are you trying to run as a service? Is it publicly available? And what does it do?

    Run Dropbox as a Service   Run Java as a Service   Run Batch File as a Service   Run Box Sync as a Service   Run OneDrive as a Service

  3. What version of AlwaysUp are you running?

  4. Each version of AlwaysUp is different. Knowing which build of the software you have installed enables us to offer you the best advice and the most helpful solutions.

    To find the version number, start AlwaysUp and select About AlwaysUp… from the Help menu. The 4-digit version number is displayed in the window that appears.

    Here you can see that we have 10.4.2.47 installed:

  5. What version of Windows are you running?

  6. The version of Windows installed on your PC can definitely impact your software’s ability to run as a background service. For example, Windows 10 might prevent you from interacting with your application, while older, less secure editions of Windows often behave very differently than their modern counterparts.

    Run the helpful winver command to confirm the operating system you are running. A window like this should pop up to report the details:

    This article from Microsoft support describes a few other ways to find your Windows version.

  7. How have you configured your application in AlwaysUp?

  8. AlwaysUp offers over 40 practical settings to run your program securely as a Windows Service. Some applications run perfectly with only the basic settings applied while others need fine tuning to operate smoothly. We recommend that you send us what you have so far, for review.

    To export your application’s settings to a XML file:

    1. Highlight your application in AlwaysUp

    2. Select Export… from the Application menu (shown here for Google Backup and Sync):

    3. Save the XML file in a friendly location. Attach it to the email you will send with all these details.

    We’ll take a look and let you know if we see anything fishy!

  9. Are any errors reported in the AlwaysUp Activity Logs?

  10. AlwaysUp writes errors and warnings to the Windows Event Logs — the recommended destination for notifications and alerts from Windows Services. While you can use the Windows Event Viewer to browse recent log entries, it is much easier to see that activity from AlwaysUp:

    1. Highlight your application in AlwaysUp

    2. Select Report Activity > Past Week… from the Application menu:

    3. In a few seconds, your web browser will pop up with a page showing when your application/service was started, stopped, etc.:

    4. Please save the web page (Ctrl+S) or take a screenshot of the browser window and send it to us for review.

  11. What is your Windows user/account name?

  12. Does your application work properly when you start it normally on your desktop? If so, then we know that the Windows account you are currently logged in to has the rights and capabilities required to run your application. It is useful to know if this is a different account than what you supplied to AlwaysUp (on the Logon tab).

    To find the name of your Windows account:

    1. Start a command prompt. (Click the Start button and type “command” to find it in the list of programs on your PC.)

    2. Type whoami and hit the enter key. Your windows user name will be printed:

      Please include the full account name in your email to our support team.

Send us these details and we’ll get back to you very soon

Your answers to these questions (along with the XML file from step 4) will give us an excellent understanding of what is going wrong. Please email your specifics to support@CoreTechnologies.com and we will review and respond promptly — usually within a few hours.

Thanks!

Posted in Support | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>