On Windows, services are processes running regardless of users logging in. They provide access and features to different programs or processes. On Mac OS X, services are menu bar and context menu items available from any application that can act on a user's selection, like text or files.

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What Windows services can I safely disable?

I'm trying to improve the boot time and general performance of a Windows XP machine and figure the massive collection of services that Windows automatically starts have to have an impact. Are there ...
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Disable a Windows service from the command line

I want to disable a Windows service but I don't want to: Open the "Services" management console Scroll to the name of the service Right-click Properties (or double-click) Change the Startup Type: ...
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How do I get the “net send” messenger service working on Windows 7?

When trying to use the method below to send message in Windows 7 nothing happens. net send It seems the Messenger Service is not working. Any suggestions as to why?
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Automatically restart a Unix job if it goes down?

I have a job that I would like to "daemonize" on Unix: I want it to come up when the computer boots, and I want it to restart if it goes down. A simple way to do this is to setup a cronjob that runs ...
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How can I open WinXP's Services control panel applet on the Standard tab by default?

When opening the Services control panel applet it opens on the Extended tab by default. I find that tab wastes a great deal of real estate for no real value-added. All the same information is ...
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What's the difference between an Application, Process, and Services?

How are these fundamentally different "things" on Windows? Aren't all running things Processes? It seems that every Application has an associated process that shuts it down if it is shut down. ...
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how to kill process in Mac OS X and not have it restart on its own

When I run sudo kill -9 [PID] with the proper process ID, the process stops but then is restarted and has a new PID. I'm trying to kill the mysqld process. How can I mimic the Activity Monitor in ...
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Is there a way to determine which service (in svchost.exe) does an outgoing connection?

I'm redoing my firewall configuration with more restrictive policies and I would like to determine the provenance (and/or destination) of some outgoing connections. I have an issue because they come ...
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How do I recover from “repair pending” error in SFC?

I am trying to fix an issue with Windows registry and services. I tried running sfc command but this is the error message I get? C:\Windows>sfc /scannow Beginning system scan. This process will ...
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In Windows 7, is there a way to know how much memory a service is using?

In windows 7, is there a way (by using common interface or a custom utility) to know how much memory a specific windows service is using ? It seems most services are hosted by svchost.exe processes ...
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Best srvany.exe for Windows XP and Windows 7?

What is the best program to use on windows XP and Windows 7 to do what srvany.exe does on windows NT (run a process as a service)?
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Edit windows service to log on as specific user using a batch script

I have several programs that are installed as a service. By default, after installation, the service runs as Local System Account. I can change it through services.msc, service properties to the ...
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What is the intel matrix storage manager? and what is IAAnotif.exe doing running in the background?

I have windows 7 and this is running in the background. Using process explorer, I can see most of the DLLs are named, but two are unsigned called locale.nls an SortDefault.nls. One has no description ...
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Triggering tasks and running programs when Windows 7 is plugged in or unplugged? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a way to execute a program on power events? Is there a Windows event that I can watch in Task Scheduler that will trigger when the power is plugged in? And an ...
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Where can I find good documentation on “msconfig” and “services.msc” for Windows 7? [closed]

Running Windows 7 I'm trying to boost the startup speed of my computer and I'm going through "msconfig" and "services.msc" to disable some applications from starting up automatically when the ...
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How to add an application to run as a service in Linux?

How to add an application to start automatically on system startup in Linux? My distro: Mandriva 2009.1
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What is the difference between “manual” and “disabled” service in Windows?

Windows services seem to come in three start-up types: Automatic: seems to mean that it is started at bootup Manual: seems to mean that it is not started at bootup Disabled: also seems to mean that ...
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Disabling Microsoft Antimalware service

I can't disable Microsoft Antimalware service (MsMpSvc/MsMpEng.exe). I tried using services.msc, but the startup type is grayed out and I can't change it to disabled nor stop the service. I also tried ...
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Can I configure windows search service only for Outlook, but NOT SearchIndexer?

Outlook 2010 seem to rely it's search features on windows search, in windows 7. I want to disable SearchIndexer.exe from indexing my hard drives, permamently. However I wish to keep the search ...
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How do I prevent Linux services from auto-starting?

I have recently migrated from Windows to Linux (xubuntu) I am a developer and have installed everything I need, LAMP. In Windows I used to turn off all unnecessary services - I don't need the Apache ...
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Starting services in batch file on windows 7

I have a fairly simple batch file which does just one thing - "net start myservice". This batch file gets shortcut-ed in a program group by installer so that users can simply click on the icon and get ...
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Why is “run this program as an administrator” disabled?

I need to stop some services so I made a cmd file but it doesn't work because it needs to run as admin. When I right click on the file and choose Properties, I see that "run this program as an ...
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How do you apply umask settings to an account that doesn't log in?

On my Ubuntu 11.04x64 server, I have service accounts running which do not log in and do not have home directories. These service accounts are responsible for running processes which are invoked as ...
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How to disable google updater, running in background as googleupdate.exe? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to stop the Google Update background tool? Hello, How to disable google updater, running in background as googleupdate.exe ? I tried Googling but none worked me ...
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how to create a home server?

I download appserv and install on my computer and set the default IP in my Default Gateway but when other people want to connect to my home server , they get the error of time out ! what am i going to ...
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Are there any torrent clients that run as a service?

I turn off all of my computers at night except for my server. I'd like to be able to have my torrent downloads run on my server, which won't be logged in, so I'm wondering if there are any clients ...
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Remove Windows service from command line

I would like to do this because I have a half installed service because of installation failure which is just there, non-functioning. How can I delete the Windows service using the command line?
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How do I find out what service is using a certain port?

Port 22 specifically. I installed freeSSHd on a windows server 2008 box that only runs IIS. When i try to start the SSH Service, it tells me that the port is already being used. How can I find out ...
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Cygwin sshd did not start due to a logon failure

After a cygwin sshd install, sshd service fails with: Error 1069: The service did not start due to a logon failure I try to give cyg_server standard user and admin access. The error is the same ...
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How to run an .exe on boot and keep it running regardless of who logs in on Windows?

How would one go about causing an .exe to run when a Windows system boots, and leave the .exe running regardless of who is logged in? Is this possible?
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Mysterious notepad.exe spawned every morning

Since a couple of weeks, when I sit down in the morning and unlock my PC at work, I see a notepad window, complaining that it "Cannot find c:\oracle.message.txt". This is quite unnerving - I thought I ...
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Create custom service in Windows 7

How do you run a custom service in Windows 7? Does anyone know how to setup trac as a custom service in Windows 7?
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Is it possible to import a Windows registry file without destroying a system?

Let me just check one thing first. Doing an export through Regedit (range: all) is the equivalent of making a backup of the Windows registry, right? So I saved the Reg file to disk drive L yesterday. ...
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How can I modify the services.msc file in Windows 7

I want to modify the default view when using Services from Administrative Tools under Windows 7, similar to this previous SuperUser question relating to Windows XP: How can I open WinXP's Services ...
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How much time a delayed service waits to start? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What does “delayed start” do in startup type for a windows service? When I configure a service (from services.msc) as Automatic and delayed there is a fixed ...
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Linux ntpd and ntpdate service

Running ntsysv on my CentOS terminal show both ntpd and ntpdate checked. Is it redundant to have both service to run at start-up?
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How to run a putty ssh tunneling as Windows service?

In Windows XP or above, I may run a shell command putty.exe -load ssh_tunnel to start a ssh session configured as ssh tunneling. I want to ssh tunnel session become available when my computer ...
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Can I use a bash script as a Service in OS X without having to set it up trough automator?

How can I use a bash script as a Service in OS X without having to set it up trough automator? I'd basically like to write a bash script, save it in ~/Library/Services and then just have it show up ...
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Re-enabling windows 7 search

So I disabled the search service by accident, the basic shell integrated one which can be accessed from Win+F. How can I re-enable this?
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What can I turn off on windows XP to free up memory without breaking everything

I seem to have a lot of services that start up on windows, many of which I have no use of (to my knowledge). are there any services which are on by default which I won't really miss and which will ...
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Why does gearman-job-server not accept connections when running as a service?

On Ubuntu 12.04, If I run sudo gearmand -d, the manager will accept jobs from remote machines. However, if I run sudo service start gearman-job-server (after killing gearmand), remote connections are ...
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Java services stop working when user logs out

Some background: I have four apps that run as services on a set of Windows XP machines, two of which are java apps. All four apps were originally designed to be run from a Linux server, and have ...
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What is the “start parameters” text box means in the Services properties box?

it have the description of "You can specify the start parameters that apply when you start the service from here". but i dont get what it does.
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Windows Vista Login results in Clean Profile

recently whenever I login to my 10-month old account on Windows Vista the desktop launches brand new. As if the account was created 10 seconds before. The user account picture and desktop picture is ...
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Adding Xvfb to systemd services

I have attempted to create a new Xvfb service on a headless data server, but it shuts down the display after some time. I can confirm that the service is enabled. I am not doing anything related to ...
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How to run Windows service interactively in auto-logged in session

My Windows 7 machine has a user account "MyUser" which is auto-logged in on boot. I am running a Windows service "myAppService" which runs a server which in turn is spawning other processes. This all ...
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BITS process is getting started automatically

I have disable BITS ( Background Intelligent Transfer Service ) lots of time. This process chokes my internet bandwidth. Every time I have to go and stop the service and disable it. But then after ...
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What are all the dependencies for the Windows service “Internet Connection Sharing (ISC)”?

I am unable to start the service because it says "Error 1068: The dependency service or group failed to start." Hence I need to know which services I need to enable/start so that I can turn on ICS. ...
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Is there a problem with Windows 7 64-bit stopping service?

I have found on Windows 7 64-bit machines that sometimes a service is unable to stop within a reasonable amount of time. This is causing issues with a client-server application when trying to ...
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Windows service fails to start with custom user until started once with local user

All of a sudden my Windows service application after installation does not start. (Some services stop automatically if they have no work to do.) The service uses a custom user. If I change the ...