Run Evernote as a Windows Service

How to Run Evernote as a Windows Service with AlwaysUp

Start Evernote when your PC boots and keep it running 24x7 in the background. No need to log on!

Evernote is a popular, cross-device application for recording and managing notes.

To configure Evernote with AlwaysUp 8.5 and later:

  1. Download and install Evernote, if necessary.

  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 Evernote executable, Evernote.exe. If you installed Evernote in the default location, this will be:

      C:\Program Files\Evernote\Evernote\Evernote.exe
      or, on a 64-bit system:
      C:\Program Files (x86)\Evernote\Evernote\Evernote.exe

    • In the Name field, enter the name that you will call the application in AlwaysUp. We have specified Evernote but you can specify another name if you like.

    Evernote 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 Evernote. Evernote must run in this account so that it can find its settings.

    Evernote Windows Service: LogOn Tab

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

    Evernote Windows Service: Created

  8. Now that we are set up to start Evernote when your computer boots, we no longer need it to start when you log on. To deactivate that setting:

    1. Start Evernote
    2. Select Tools > Options to open the Options window
    3. On the General tab, uncheck Launch Evernote at Windows login. And while we're here, uncheck Automatically check for updates too (we don't want automatic updates stalling the action when we're not logged in to deal with them).

      Evernote: Disable Launch at Login

  9. We're now ready to start Evernote with AlwaysUp. If Evernote is running, please exit it now, otherwise the copy started by AlwaysUp will close immediately (you can't run multiple instances).

  10. To start Evernote from AlwaysUp, choose Application > Start "Evernote". The status will change to Running:

    Evernote Windows Service: Running

    Note that on Windows 8, 7, Vista, Server 2012 or 2008, Evernote will not be visible on your desktop. It will be running in the background on the isolated Session 0. Select Tools > Switch to Session 0 to transport yourself to the austere Session 0 desktop where Evernote's window will be visible:

    Evernote Windows Service: Running in Session 0

    And if you wish to start Evernote on your desktop "like normal", select Application > Start "Evernote" in this session. The familiar task tray icon will show up in a few seconds.

  11. That's it! Next time your computer boots, Evernote will start up immediately, in Session 0, without anyone needing to log on. Please restart your PC now and test that Evernote works as expected after Windows comes back to life.

    And please feel free to edit Evernote in AlwaysUp to check out the many other settings that may be appropriate for your environment. For example, send email alerts if it stops, boost Evernote's priority, etc.

Evernote 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 Evernote. 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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