Windows Process vs Service

Posted on 2005-05-10
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
Could you help me understand the difference between a Windows Service and a Windows Process?

Also - how do you determine the path to the executable for a process without the use of 3rd party tools?

Question by:scptech
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    For the 2nd part, you may use WMI:

    List all processes and their Command-line parameters:

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    This link provides good explanation on process and services
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    A process is any piece of software that is running on a computer.

    Some processes are services in that they start up when the computer starts, No user has to log on to start them.

    An "application" is generally a process that a user has to start such as Microsoft Word i.e winword.exe.

    The easiest way to find the path for an executable would be to search for the file using windows search.
    Apart from doing that I dont know of any other ways without using 3rd party software.



    Author Comment

    sramesh2k: The URLs you indicated do not speak to the differences between a Process and a Service.

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