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Q&A: What do “Automatic (Trigger Start)” and “Manual (Trigger Start)” mean for Windows Services?

  When I look in Services.msc, some of the Windows Services have a startup type of “Automatic (Trigger Start)” and “Manual (Trigger Start)”. What do those mean? — Liam Hi Liam. Those trigger start types are indeed mysterious. And the Services … Continue reading

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How to Start your Windows Service When a USB Flash Drive is Inserted

Windows Services are designed to start up at boot and run 24×7, but that framework is overkill for server software that must occasionally come alive to process specific events and go back to a waiting state. Service Triggers were introduced … Continue reading

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Windows Services: No Significant Changes in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

Despite a gap of three years since the last major OS releases, Microsoft has not introduced any meaningful changes in the Windows Services API for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. Indeed, only the most technical folks will care about … Continue reading

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