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how to start windows service automatically after installation?

Posted on 2007-07-30
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Last Modified: 2013-11-07
Hi, experts:

i have a very simple windows service and the setup file is ready to go. However, i still have to manually start the windows service after installation. is there anyway to automatically start the service after the installation?

Question by:viola123
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by:Ted Bouskill
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From the command line you need to execute 'net start <service name>'

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thanks tedbilly

but i guess i meant how to incorporate this in the setup file. in another word, the installation file should be able to complete installtion and start the service, rather than open console window and use command line.
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- Extend the ServiceInstaller class and register an Event handler for the
base class "Committed" event in the class constructor.

- In your Event handler you just create an instance of the ServiceController
class for your service and call it's Start method.

- Optionally you can wait for the service to start by calling
ServiceController .WaitForStatus before you close the ServiceController by
calling Close.
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by:Ted Bouskill
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I didn't mean to manually do it in the command line.  I don't know which tool you have used to create the installer, however, you could write a batch file to execute the setup.exe then run the command line in the batch file.

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I have to create a setup project in vs studio 2005. how to add your command line in that case??

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Ted Bouskill earned 2000 total points
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When building a setup project in VS 2005 you can create custom actions that fire when the installation is committed.  At that point you can run your own custom EXE which can be an application that can do anything you need including interacting with the operating system to start or stop a service.

You custom exe can either execute a command line instruction or directly start or stop the service programmically.

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