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"Run" v. "RunServices"

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Can anyone give me the definitive difference between running a program from "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run" and "HKLM\...etc...\RunServices"?

I've done a little experimenting and the differences I've found seem inconsistent.  Apparently RunServices is always executed first, but sometimes programs that are executed from there don't appear in the ctrl-alt-del "Close Program" dialog.  And, of course, sometimes they do.  Ah well...
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Diference is that runServices is used to run services and run - to run programs ...

RunServices can be used to run system resources.
If You want to run something on startup, place it in Run section.
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by:beekler
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So what is a "service?"  If I place a program in "RunServices," it runs.  Aaaand... If I place a program referred to as a "Service" (ie WarFTP daemon) in the "Run" box, it executes.  Just doesn't show up as being a program currently running in the "Close Programs" dialog if it ran from "RunServices."
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by:ficus
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If it is not shown in Close Programs Window, so how can You know - is this program runing ?
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by:beekler
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It's an FTP server and I am able to log into it.  It also has a seperate program for managing the server.  And it connects to it as well.

The other program is one of the distributed computing clients from www.distributed.net.  If it is launched from "RunServices" it shows up in the system tray but does NOT appear in the Close Programs dialog.
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