Run HS4 as a Windows Service

How to Install HomeSeer HS4 as a Windows Service with AlwaysUp

Automatically launch HS4 in the background when your computer reboots. Ensure that your home automation is always available, without anyone having to log on

HomeSeer HS4 is an commercial home automation package that supports a wide range of smart home products and technologies.

To configure HS4 as a Windows Service with AlwaysUp:

  1. Install HS4, if necessary.

    Using the Quick Start Guide as reference, add plugins, devices and events. Make sure that HS4 works as you expect.

    For example, the web interface should be accessible from your browser:

    HS4 web interface

  2. Download and install AlwaysUp, if necessary.

  3. Start AlwaysUp.

  4. Select Application > Add to open the Add Application window:

    Add Application

  5. On the General tab:

    • In the Application field, enter the full path to the HomeSeer executable, HS4.exe.

      If you installed HS4 in the default location, the path will be:

      C:\Program Files (x86)\HomeSeer HS4\HS4.exe
    • In the Start the application field, select Automatically, but shortly after the computer boots. This will delay HomeSeer by a couple minutes at boot, to give critical services (e.g. networking) enough time to fully initialize. We don't want HS4 to start too soon and run into trouble!

    • And in the Name field, enter the name that you will call the application in AlwaysUp. We have stuck with the default of HS4 but you can specify another name if you like.

    HS4 Windows Service: General Tab

  6. Click over to the Logon tab and enter the username and password of the Windows account in which you installed and run HS4. HS4 should run in this account, otherwise it may not find all the settings you have configured.

    HS4 Windows Service: Logon Tab

  7. Switch to the Startup tab. HS4 relies on TCP/IP for communication so check the Ensure that the Windows networking components have started box.

    We also recommend checking both the Stop all copies of the application running on this computer and Also whenever the application is restarted boxes too. They will ensure that the instance of HomeSeer launched by AlwaysUp takes precedence over any others running.

    HS4 Windows Service: Startup Tab

  8. We're done configuring HS4 with AlwaysUp so click the Save button to record your settings and install the service. In a couple of seconds, an application called HS4 will show up in the main window. It is not yet running though and the state will be "Stopped":

    HS4 Windows Service: Created

  9. Do you have a shortcut in your Windows Startup Folder that runs HS4 when you log in? Or is there a scheduled task that launches the executable?

    Now that AlwaysUp will be starting HS4 as part of the boot process, those alternatives are no longer necessary. Please remove them now.

  10. To start HomeSeer from AlwaysUp, choose Application > Start "HS4". In a few seconds, the status will change to "Running":

    HS4 Windows Service: Running

    At this point, HS4 will be running in the background — in the isolated Session 0. You will not see its window on your desktop.

    Click the green circle to show the details of the running process:

    HS4 Windows Service: Running Information

    Now would be a good time to fire up your browser and confirm that the web interface is still accessible, as normal.

  11. That's it! Next time your computer boots, HS4 will start up immediately, in the background, without anyone needing to log on. Please restart your PC now and test that everything works as expected after Windows comes back to life.

    And please feel free to edit HS4 in AlwaysUp to explore the settings that may be appropriate for your environment. For example, send email alerts if it stops, restart the server nightly to cure memory leaks, setup a "sanity check" to detect failures of the web component, and much more.

HomeSeer HS4 not working properly as a Windows Service?

  • Consult the AlwaysUp Troubleshooter — our online tool that can help you resolve the most common problems encountered when running an application as a windows service.

  • From AlwaysUp, select Application > Report Activity > Today to bring up an HTML report detailing the interaction between AlwaysUp and HS4. The AlwaysUp Event Log Messages page explains the messages that may appear.

  • Browse the AlwaysUp FAQ for answers to commonly asked questions and troubleshooting tips.

  • Contact us and we will be happy to help!

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