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How to Fix the “OpenGL” Problem when Running Dropbox as a Windows Service

What’s the problem with Dropbox? As we wrote about last week, Dropbox version 81.4.195 often fails to run as a background Windows Service. The telltale sign that Dropbox is in trouble is this wordy alert, which appears in Session 0: … Continue reading

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Bulletproof your Windows Services with Service Protector Version 6

Version 6 of Service Protector — our professional utility that babysits any Windows Service — was released a few days ago. Here is a quick look at what’s new: Easily restart service protection from the toolbar Customers who occasionally restart … Continue reading

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AlwaysUp 11.5: Improvements for Session 0 Isolation, Server 2019, and more

AlwaysUp version 11.5 is now available for download! This release delivers a handful of important changes, along with the usual under-the-hood refinements. “Switch to Session 0” removed when it’s not supported As you may have noticed, Microsoft has crippled access … Continue reading

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Q & A: My VB6 App Doesn’t Refresh in Session 0 — Help!

  We have a VB6 application we’re running as a service in AlwaysUp on Windows Server 2012 R2. When we run the application outside of AlwaysUp, the form refreshes fine. When we run the application in AlwaysUp, it can sometimes take … 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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Q & A: How can I see my Java Console Window when Running as a Service with AlwaysUp?

  I am running a Java application as a windows service with AlwaysUp. My JAR starts up fine and seems to be working as expected but I can’t see the Java console window to make sure that there are no errors. … Continue reading

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Q & A: Can I Run Multiple Instances of OneDrive?

  I have tried AlwaysUp to let OneDrive run as a service. Everything works perfectly, but is it possible to create multiple OneDrive services? I have tried it and when I start the second service event logs suggest that the application … 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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How do I Prevent the Interactive Services Detection Window from Constantly Coming Up?

Why do I see the “Interactive Services Detection” window? The Interactive Services Detection (ISD) window appears whenever a Windows Service running on your computer is showing a window or prompt in Session 0 — a “background desktop” created when your … Continue reading

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