How to run an application as a service

Running a program as a Windows Service can be beneficial in certain situations. For example, you may want to hide the application from users or reduce clutter. The most important benefit, however, is that the application can run without the user being logged in. In Windows NT/2000/XP, just about any program can be run as a Windows service. Setting it up manually is not too difficult – you can find instructions for NT/2000 at the first link below and for XP at the second. The next two links point to free utilities that may make the task easier, though neither are exactly point and click.  The final link is to shareware utility Firedaemon, which offers the simplest route of all. There’s a free lite version but it’s limited to 1 service per PC. (1.51MB) (

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