Run CuteFTP as a Windows Service with AlwaysUp

How to Run CuteFTP Professional as a Windows Service with AlwaysUp

Ensure that CuteFTP starts after a reboot and runs 24/7!

CuteFTP Professional is a leading FTP client developed by GlobalSCAPE, Inc. With its support for unattended, automated transfers, customers often need it available all the time to serve file transfer requests.

To set up CuteFTP Professional with AlwaysUp:

  1. Download and install AlwaysUp, if necessary.

  2. Download and install CuteFTP Professional, if necessary. Please make a note of where you installed it as this will be used in a later step.

  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 CuteFTP executable. If you installed CuteFTP in the default location, this is
      C:\Program Files\GlobalSCAPE\CuteFTP 8 Professional\cuteftppro.exe.

    • In the Name field, enter the name that you will call the application in AlwaysUp. We suggest CuteFTP Pro but you can specify almost anything you like.

    CuteFTP Windows Service: General Tab

  6. Click over to the Logon tab and enter the username and password of the account in which you installed and use CuteFTP. CuteFTP will run in this account so that it can find its settings.

    If you wish to hide CuteFTP's windows, check the When a user logs on, don't show the application's windows and tray icons (if any) box at the bottom.

    CuteFTP Windows Service: LogOn Tab

  7. Click over to the Startup tab and check the Ensure that the Windows Networking components have started box. This informs AlwaysUp that CuteFTP needs the TCP/IP networking stack to operate.

    CuteFTP Windows Service: Startup Tab

  8. Click the Save button. In a couple of seconds, an application called CuteFTP Pro will show up in the AlwaysUp window. It is not yet running though.

    CuteFTP Windows Service: LogOn Tab

  9. To start CuteFTP, choose Application > Start "CuteFTP Pro". On Windows 7, 2008 or Vista (or when connecting via RDP), you will have to choose Application > Start "CuteFTP Pro" in this Session to show CuteFTP's windows and tray icons. (More on this in the AlwaysUp FAQ.)

    CuteFTP running as a Service with AlwaysUp

  10. That's it! Next time your computer boots, CuteFTP will start up immediately, before anyone logs on. We encourage you to edit CuteFTP in AlwaysUp and check out the many other settings that may be appropriate for your environment.

CuteFTP Professional not working properly as a Windows Service?

  • From AlwaysUp, select Application > Report Activity > Today... to bring up a HTML report detailing the interaction between AlwaysUp and your application. The AlwaysUp Event Log Messages page explains the more obscure messages.
  • Consult 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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