Run Todo Backup as a Windows Service with AlwaysUp

How to Run Todo Backup as a Windows Service with AlwaysUp

Automatically launch Todo Backup in the background whenever your PC boots. No need to log on to start backing up your important folders and files.

EaseUS Todo Backup is a popular backup and recovery solution for individuals and corporations. The Home and Free editions provide cost-effective backup for Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP but unfortunately do not run as a service. We'll use AlwaysUp to fix that!

Todo Backup Free installed on Windows 10

To setup Todo Backup as a 24/7 Windows Service:

  1. If necessary, download and install Todo Backup. Set it up to perform a system backup, mail backup or whatever else you like.

    We have installed the free edition on a Windows 10 machine for this tutorial.

  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 Todo Backup executable, TBConsoleUI.exe. Since we have installed Todo Backup in the default location, we will enter:

      C:\Program Files (x86)\EaseUS\Todo Backup\bin\TBConsoleUI.exe

    • In the Arguments field, enter TBConsoleUI.exe run win32.

      Note: We're not sure if those parameters are necessary or not, but the Todo Backup launcher (run by the desktop icon) specifies them. Thanks to Microsoft's magical Process Explorer for revealing that detail:

      Todo Backup - Process Explorer

    • In the Name field, enter the name that you will call the application in AlwaysUp. We have changed the value from TBConsoleUI to Todo Backup for this tutorial but you can specify almost any name you like.

    Todo Backup Windows Service: General Tab

  6. Click over to the Logon tab, check the box at the top and enter the username and password of the account in which you installed and use Todo Backup. The software should run in this account so that it can find the settings you have specified.

    Todo Backup Windows Service: Logon Tab

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

    We also recommend checking both the Stop all copies of the application running on this computer and Also whenever the application is restarted boxes, to ensure that only a single copy of Todo Backup is active at any time.

    Todo Backup Windows Service: Startup Tab

  8. Click the Save button. In a couple of seconds, an entry called Todo Backup (or whatever you called it) will show up in the AlwaysUp window. It is not yet running though and the state will be "Stopped".

    Todo Backup Windows Service: Created

  9. To start Todo Backup, choose Application > Start "Todo Backup". After a few seconds the state should transition to "Running". Click the green circle icon to see a few properties of the underlying process:

    Todo Backup Windows Service: Started

    Note that on Windows 10/8/7/Vista, Todo Backup will be running in the background on the isolated Session 0. Its windows will not be visible on your desktop.

    If you wish to see the Todo Backup window -- maybe to change some settings or check that it is working OK -- select Application > Restart "Todo Backup" in this session:

    Restart Todo Backup in this Session

    In a few seconds, the Todo Backup window will come up as normal. Here we see the green circle confirming that TBConsoleUI.exe is now running in Session 2:

    Todo Backup Windows Service Running on the Desktop

  10. That's it! Next time your computer boots, Todo Backup will start up immediately, before anyone logs on. We encourage you to edit the entry in AlwaysUp and check out the many other settings that may be appropriate for your environment. For example, boost the priority of the software, send an email if it ever fails, and much more.

Todo Backup not working properly as a Windows Service?

  • Visit 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 a HTML report detailing the interaction between AlwaysUp and Todo Backup. The AlwaysUp Event Log Messages page explains the more obscure messages.
  • Review 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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