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Windows System Programming, Fourth Edition by Johnson M. Hart

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Chapter 13. Windows Services

The server programs in Chapters 11 and 12 are console applications. In principle, the servers could run indefinitely, serving numerous clients as they connect, send requests, receive responses, and disconnect. That is, these servers could provide continuous services, but to be fully effective, the services should be manageable.

Windows Services,1 previously known as NT Services, provide the management capabilities required to convert the servers into services that can be initiated on command or at boot time, before any user logs in, and can also be paused, resumed, terminated, and monitored. The registry maintains information about services.

1 This terminology can be confusing because Windows provides numerous services ...

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