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Q&A: Should I use NET or SC to start/stop/restart our Windows Services?

  My team manages a few third-party Windows Services. We plan to write scripts that start, stop and restart the services as part of regular maintenance through batch files. Should we use NET or SC? What’s the difference? Is one more … Continue reading

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Q&A: How do I Change the Name of my Windows Service?

We manage a third-party package that installs a Windows Service with a generic name. I keep having to explain what it means to my team/customers, which can be a pain. How do I change the name of the service to … Continue reading

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Q&A: I created a Windows Service with SC. Why won’t it Start?

  I installed my program as a Windows Service using the SC command. The result was “CreateService SUCCESS”, and my service is listed with all the others so I know it worked. But whenever I try to start the service, the … Continue reading

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Top 10 differences between a Windows Service and a regular application

First, let’s start with some definitions… What is a regular application? A regular application is one that you start and run on your Windows desktop. You launch it from a desktop icon, by double-clicking an associated document, or by typing … Continue reading

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Essential Tools for Windows Services: SC.EXE

While the useful NET.EXE utility is great for starting an stopping windows services, it cannot do much beyond that. Enter Microsoft’s SC.EXE – a versatile command-line utility built into Windows that can help you start, stop, restart or configure any … Continue reading

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