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I have created a windows service using visual C++.

Kindly tell me how do i register its .exe file as windows service.

What command will be used and what steps ll be needed.

reply soon,

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Question by:capriono
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by:nabehs
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If you are building the service using ATL COM then to register the service just build the service and it will automatically be registered on the current machine. If you need to register it on another machine then run:
path\service_name.exe /RegServer

and it will be registered.

To start and stop the service you need to go to Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Services and locate the service after installation and start it or stop it.
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hsdhina earned 120 total points
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Programatically you can register & unregister using the following code.

VOID InstallService ()
{
  SC_HANDLE hSCManager, hService;
  TCHAR szImagePath[MAX_PATH];

  hSCManager = OpenSCManager ( NULL, NULL, SC_MANAGER_ALL_ACCESS );
  if( !hSCManager )
  {
    LogError ( "OpenSCManager Failed" );
    return;
  }
  GetModuleFileName ( NULL, szImagePath, sizeof(szImagePath) );
  hService = CreateService ( hSCManager, "[SERVICE NAME]", "DISPLAY NAME", SERVICE_ALL_ACCESS,
                             SERVICE_WIN32_OWN_PROCESS | SERVICE_INTERACTIVE_PROCESS,
                             SERVICE_AUTO_START, SERVICE_ERROR_IGNORE, szImagePath, NULL, NULL, NULL, NULL, NULL );
  if ( !hService )
  {
    LogError ( "CreateService Failed" );
    CloseServiceHandle ( hSCManager );
    return;
  }
  CloseServiceHandle ( hService );
  CloseServiceHandle ( hSCManager );
  HKEY hKey = NULL;
  DWORD dwDisposition = 0;
  LPSTR pDescr = "DESCRIPTION";
  if ( ERROR_SUCCESS != RegCreateKeyEx ( HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, "SYSTEM\\CurrentControlSet\\Services\\[NAME]", 0, NULL,
                                         REG_OPTION_NON_VOLATILE, KEY_WRITE, NULL, &hKey, &dwDisposition ) )
    return;
  RegSetValueEx ( hKey, (LPCTSTR)"Description", 0, REG_SZ, (CONST BYTE*)pDescr, (DWORD)lstrlen ( pDescr ) );
  RegCloseKey ( hKey );
}


VOID UnInstallService ()
{
  SC_HANDLE hSCManager, hService;

  hSCManager = OpenSCManager ( NULL, NULL, SC_MANAGER_ALL_ACCESS );
  if( !hSCManager )
  {
    LogError ( "OpenSCManager Failed" );
    return;
  }
  hService = OpenService ( hSCManager, "SERVICE NAME", DELETE );
  if ( !hService )
  {
    LogError ( "CreateService Failed" );
    CloseServiceHandle ( hSCManager );
    return;
  }
  DeleteService ( hService );
  CloseServiceHandle ( hService );
  CloseServiceHandle ( hSCManager );
}

void main ( int argc, char** argv )
{
  if ( argc == 2 )
  {
    strlwr ( argv[1] );
    if ( !lstrcmpi ( argv[1], "install" ) )
    {
      InstallService ();
      return;
    }
    if ( !lstrcmpi ( argv[1], "uninstall" ) )
    {
      UnInstallService ();
      return;
    }
}


Hope the above code will help.

Thanks
hsdhina
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