Problem spawning a regular win32 application from NT service

Hello,

Using the sample code from "Creating a Simple Window NT Service in C++" by Nigel Thompson from Microsoft's technical article in the MSDN CDs, I created my own NT service that spawns another Win32 application called "ServerApp".  After the NT service starts,  the ServerApp is created using CreateProcess().

STARTUPINFO si;
PROCESS_INFORMATION pi;
ZeroMemory(&si, sizeof(si));
si.cb = sizeof(si);
CreateProcess(NULL, "C:\\ServerApp", NULL, NULL, FALSE,
                              0, NULL, NULL, &si, &pi);

However, for some reason, the ServeApp stays in a wait state and never completes the execution.  Even after the NT service is stopped, the ServeApp remains in the wait state.  I can't even kill the process.  How can I get the process to start?

Thanks,

Jennifer
jliAsked:
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Tommy HuiEngineerCommented:
Your problem does not come from CreateProcess, but from the special environment of services. Take a look at this URL for a more complete discussion of the problem.

http://www.microsoft.com/msj/0398/service2.htm


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psdavisCommented:
Have you tried ShellExecute?

ShellExecute( this->GetSafeHwnd( ), "open", strEngine, NULL, strDirectory, SW_SHOWMINIMIZED );

Phillip

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jliAuthor Commented:
In NT Service, there is no Windows handle associated with the process.
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trestanCommented:
There is no problem in the codes you listed here. Would you provide more information about the case? Did you debug your code to see where the program blocked? Or email me your codes: trestan@hotmail.com
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Rajkumar_RCommented:
I think the problem must be in your other exe ServerApp
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ahomerCommented:
try using  ---

if(::CreateProcess(NULL, "C:\\ServerApp", NULL, NULL, FALSE,
0, NULL, NULL, &si, &pi)){
   ::CloseHandle (pi.hThread);
   ::CloseHandle (pi.hProcess);
}            

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jliAuthor Commented:
Thank you.
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