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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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Q&A: Why is the Stop Button Disabled for my Windows Service?

I want to stop a running service but can’t because the Stop button is grayed out. I am logged into an Administrator account and all other user accounts are logged off. Any ideas why I may be unable to stop … 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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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: Services.msc

Hands down, the most important GUI utility for managing your Windows Services is Microsoft’s Services Control Panel Application — nicknamed “Services.msc” because it can be invoked with that command. This useful application (pictured below) lists every service installed on your … Continue reading

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