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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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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how to change path to executable to a service?

i want to change the path to executable for a service from command. how can i do that? i want to run another exe from that service's path to executable.
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Remove services on OS X

I'm looking to remove some services completely, or at least from the list in the Keyboard preference pane. I've tried: Service Scrubber. It only removes services from the menu — something you've ...
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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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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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What in the world is ctfmon.exe?

I seem to see "ctfmon.exe" in the running tasks of every Windows PC I've used. I've always called it "capture the flag monitor." What is it really used for, do I need it, and if not, can I safely ...
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How to remove MySQL service from Windows

I've removed all MySQL programs from my Win7 64bit desktop and I still have the MySQL service.How can I remove it? MySQL programs I removed: MySQL Community Server 5.1 MySQL Community Server 5.5 ...
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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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Which windows XP services can I disable without major consequence? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What Windows services can I safely disable? I want to disable some Windows XP services to make PC run faster. I am not going to be using the PC for anything complex, but ...
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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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How to install Jenkins on Windows Server 2012

This may sound like a trivial question but here is what is happening: I grab the latest version of Jenkins as native installer for Windows (1.491 in my case) I set up a Windows Server 2012 (official ...
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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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What is the Office Source Engine and what does it do?

What is the purpose of the Office Source Engine service that Microsoft installs for newer versions of the Office suite?
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Ever heard of a Windows service called 'darkness'?

Is it a malware? The computer has been diagnosed with some viruses. I've tried looking here but haven't found any information about it yet.
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How to install True Image on Windows XP?

I have 1 license of Acronis True Image 2011 for 1 PC. I had it previously installed on my Windows Vista machine and it was working. Now, I wanted to move it to a Windows XP machine, by uninstalling it ...
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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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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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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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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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How to disable a McAfee service?

I am trying to disable a McAfee Real-Time Protection service, but if I go into Services/Properties, then try to set it to Manual or Disable - it says that unable to open service McShield for ...
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Pin “View Local Services” to Windows 7 Taskbar?

I have to view the Windows services often and would like to pin the "View Local Services" to the Windows 7 taskbar somehow. It doesn't work when I try to drag it from the start menu, nor can I drag a ...
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What's the difference between an application, a process and a service?

I know that an application is a program that you interact with on the desktop, but what exactly are processes and services? Are services classified as processes or is it the other way round?
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How I analyzed svchost high CPU utilization problem [closed]

My machine was attacked by a trojan that manifested itself as a service in the netsvcs svchost process. This process can be identified using Process Explorer as 'svchost -k netsvcs'. The symptoms I ...
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Managing service accounts in an RPM spec

I've been given a partially-complete RPM spec for a service we're writing. It gets as far as making the required directories, copying files, setting permissions, etc., but it doesn't make the ...
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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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Alternative to the Windows Service Manager (services.msc) which supports filtering out signed Microsoft executables?

Is there a Service Manager for Windows which allows me to easily filter out all the Microsoft services with verified signatures? I've looked at Turbo Services Manager but it doesn't have this ...
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In ubuntu, is there a command to show a list of ALL autostart services?

The questions in short: In Ubuntu, (1) is there a command to show a list of all autostart services? (2) is there a command to check if a service is autostarted at boot time or not? I did Google and ...
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Are startup items, services, and scheduled tasks the only things that run without my explicit involvement?

On a virgin out-of-the-box Windows machine, and before making any Internet connection, if I wish to remove or disable any applications that might run without my explicit consent, is it sufficient to ...
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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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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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Now who's using my COM port?

I am trying to figure out who's locking my COM port. Tried to search but could not find a way to figure that out. I am using XP. Was wondering if 'Process Explorer' utility provides something for the ...
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Controlling Upstart job as unprivileged user

What's the best way to allow an unprivileged user to control an upstart job? By controlling an upstart job I mean starting/stopping/reloading/restarting it: start myservice I can imagine one way ...
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GUI tool to manage services in Ubuntu

Are there any GUI tools to manage the services running on Ubuntu?
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What is Windows 7 service dependency tree?

Is there a chart or a list of Windows 7 Profesional built-in services and their dependencies? I manually did this in the past with Windows XP when I had time, but there seems to be a couple dozen ...
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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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Automatically restart Windows service if it is not running

I have a windows service running on a Windows 2003 server. Under the properties option when you right click the service, there is an option to restart the service if it fails. The options available ...
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How to modify Windows 7 Services Groups

How do you modify the windows services loading groups? There are some default groups that windows uses to load in a specific order. Here are some examples of groups: PlugPlay COM ...
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How do I extract a list of Windows services and their status to a text file?

I would like to get a text dump of the screen you see when running services.msc (except the Description column). This is so I can run a diff after installing different software that adds services to ...
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Apache doesn't start on Windows XP Professional SP3

I have XAMPP installed on my PC, and it works fine. Every service starts fine except Apache. I went to Services in Administrative Tools, and tried to start it from there, without success. I tried ...
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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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100% CPU use when new usb device plugged in - services.exe / Windows Server 2003

On my server I am trying to install a new usb drive but all that happens is that the system starts using huge amounts of processor cycles with services.exe. On closer inspection with process explorer ...
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What is AMD FUEL service?

I found it on my new AMD APU (E2-1800) based notebook. What services it provides, any reason I should keep it ON? Since notebook have an APU I can't even tell is this service corresponds to integrated ...
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How do I set up a OSX service to delete the first page of a PDF?

I frequently receive PDF files where the first page is either empty or is just a cover page for which I have no use. Can you suggest a quick and efficient way (Applescript, Service, or ???) for me to ...
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Linux services: is there a GUI for services?

I am looking for a GUI program, that shows running services from /etc/init.d (and /etc/init), and allows to manage (start / stop / runlevel) them. What can you recommend? Background: even though I ...
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ClamAV/FreshClam Update Intervals

Ubuntu 9.10 Silly question time: When the clamav-freshclam service is running, how often is clamav checking for updates? Or do I have to manually run freshclam via a cronjob?
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Problem with installing SQL Server 2008 SP2 on Windows XP

I'm not much of a super-user but I've been struggling with this issue for hours and I hope maybe someone here will know how to assist me. I've just installed SQL Server 2008 Developer, I've chosen the ...
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Windows Time clock going twice the speed

The computer is custom build, no pre-installed windows. I had windows 7 about a year ago, and had this problem then I went to windows 8, everything was fine but I decided to come back to win7 and the ...
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Snow Leopard Services menu says it's “Building…”

The Snow Leopard Services menu tells me it's "Building..." but it's been over an hour and the status is still the same. How long is this process supposed to be?
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Windows SuperFetch service for SSD + HDD mixed systems

The guides are floating around the web stating that Windows 7 automatically disables SuperFetch if it finds that disk is SSD. However, my SSD is only 60GB, and I still have 3 TB of storage on HDDs ...