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Essential Windows Services: Schedule / Task Scheduler

In this article… What is the Schedule service? What happens if I stop (or disable) the Schedule service? The “Stop” button is disabled. How can I stop the Schedule service? Is it safe to disable the Schedule service? The Schedule … Continue reading

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Essential Windows Services: Spooler

In this article… What is the Spooler service? What happens if I stop the Spooler service? Is it safe to disable the Spooler service? What should I do if the Spooler service isn’t working? I made a mistake. How do … Continue reading

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Q & A: Can my CAE/Visio Application Run Properly as a Windows Service?

I must run a Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) application as a service but it doesn’t work with AlwaysUp. I guess that Visio is the problem because the startup phase of the tool runs up to the Visio initialization (via COM) … Continue reading

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An Early Look at Windows Server 2019

Have you heard? Microsoft is set to release Windows Server 2019 later this year. It seems that consumer releases (like Windows 10) are launched with trumpets and parades while server releases sneak up on you in the middle of the … 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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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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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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