Run HFS as a Windows Service with AlwaysUp

How to Run HFS (HTTP File Server) as a Windows Service with AlwaysUp

Ensure that HFS starts along with your PC and is always available to serve your files

HFS is a free, easy-to-use web server tuned for sharing files.

To configure HFS with AlwaysUp:

  1. Download and install AlwaysUp, if necessary.

  2. Download and save the HFS executable to a new folder, if necessary. Please make a note of the location as it will be used in a later step. We have used C:\HFS.

  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 HFS executable. Since we placed HFS in C:\HFS, we will enter:


    • In the Name field, enter the name that you will call the application in AlwaysUp. We have used HFS but you can specify almost anything you like.

    HFS 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 HFS. HFS will run in this account so that it can find its settings.

    If you wish to hide HFS'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.

    HFS 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 HFS needs the TCP/IP networking stack to operate.

    HFS Windows Service: Startup Tab

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

    HFS Windows Service: Created

  9. To start HFS, choose Application > Start "HFS". On Windows 7, 2008 or Vista (or when connecting via RDP), you will have to choose Application > Start "HFS" in this Session if you wish to show the HFS window. (More on this in the AlwaysUp FAQ.)

    HFS Windows Service: Running

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

HFS 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.
  • Now that AlwaysUp is managing HFS, please make sure to avoid running multiple instances. If necessary, uncheck this option in HFS: Menu button > Start/Exit > Run HFS when Windows starts.
  • 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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