Comms between Service <=> Applet

Can anyone tell me the 'preferred' technique for communicating between an (Win2K) service, and a desktop applet.

An example being a formless service running as automatic, and a user-initiated applet e.g. control panel that manages parameters inthe running service.

I can think of a few ways to do it, but I expect there is a fairly 'standard' method that I can use to be politically correct... !

TIA
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In my experience the best way is saving parameters into registry and restarting the service to load the new parameters.

An application could start, stop and pause a service at any time.

The sequence I use is this:

Configure Parameters
Save parameters into registry
Stop Service
Start Service

My services load all parameters when start, but is perfectly possible to load them on pause-resume.
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mcoopAuthor Commented:
ok -

I can do this but I'll have to watch the time, as my service is handling socket traffic and realtime video encoding to a http: stream and to a file (which is partitioned on the second -every 30 minutes).

As long as I have no other actions pending I could do as suggested...  or defer until the next available opportunity (say 2 secs later).

Thanks for the idea.  I'll leave the Q open for a day or two - then award the points.

Cheers
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mcoopAuthor Commented:
no other takers!
I'll have to think about this - as the time critical nature of my app is the only obstacle to stop/start

Cheers
MC
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