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Why Should I Buy AlwaysUp Instead of Writing My Own Windows Service?

AlwaysUp was created to solve a simple problem. How do you make an existing executable run all the time, despite reboots, crashes and other annoying interruptions? To solve the problem, AlwaysUp leverages Microsoft’s technology of choice for 24/7 operation — … Continue reading

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Essential Windows Services: DcomLaunch / DCOM Server Process Launcher

In this article… What is the DcomLaunch (DCOM Server Process Launcher) service? What happens if I stop the DcomLaunch service? Questions? Problems? What is the DcomLaunch (DCOM Server Process Launcher) service? The DcomLaunch service implements Microsoft’s Component Object Model (COM) … Continue reading

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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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