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Microsoft® Visual Basic® .NET Programmer's Cookbook by Matthew MacDonald

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Chapter 13. Windows Services

Windows services are long-running applications that have no visual interface and run quietly in the background. Windows services are used to support essential services such as Internet Information Services (IIS), Microsoft SQL Server, COM+, and Message Queuing, and they typically run under a local system account and load when your computer is first started. The Windows Service Control Manager (SCM) mediates Windows services, and you can start, stop, and configure services through the Computer Management administrative console.

Unlike Microsoft Visual Basic 6, which had no intrinsic support for Windows services, .NET includes types in the System.ServiceProcess namespace for creating, controlling, and installing Windows ...

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