How to Run Any Program as a Background Service in Windows

How to Run Any Program as a Background Service in Windows



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In this video I show how to run programs as background services in Windows. Unfortunately this will not work for programs that require user input after initial configuration.

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Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit



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1.) Download and install the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit
      – Make note of the installation directory

2.) Open the command prompt

3.) Type the following:
      – C:\INSTALLDIR\instsrv.exe SERVICENAME C:\INSTALLDIR\srvany.exe
      ** Replace “INSTALLDIR” with the directory you have installed the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit to (ex. C:\Tools)
      ** Replace SERVICENAME with the desired name for the service

4.) Open Regedit and locate your newly created service

5.) Make a new key name “Parameters”

6.) Inside of the Parameters key create a new String Value and name it “Application”

7.) Set the value of your string value to the path of the application you desire

8.) Start the service

 

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