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Microsoft® Visual C++® .NET 2003 Kick Start by Kate Gregory

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Chapter 12. Writing a Windows Service

What Is a Windows Service?

A Windows service is an application without a user interface that runs independently of any user-started applications. Typically a service starts automatically when the computer starts—even if a user does not log on to the computer. Think of them as background processes that keep things humming smoothly.

There are two ways to see the services that are running on your own machine. The first is under Computer Management. Right-click the My Computer icon on your desktop and choose Manage, and then expand Services and Applications. Click the Services node and you'll see the ...

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