Windows Services

What's the difference between a service that's listed as started or one that's just set to automatic or manual? If you go to Windows Services, and double click on it, even when it says auto or manual, there is a start button also. What does it mean? I had thought that any service on manual or automatic was started anyway.
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Haze0830Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Automatic means that the service will start automatically when the system boots up. Manual means just that - it requires the user to manually open services.msc and click start.
A started sercice means that is running, manual,  automatic or disabled are just the settings to use when windows starts, because some services that are set to automatic stops after they run once windows started and then stops.

Also some services which are set to manual or automatic can be started if an application requires them, but if they are disabled there is no way to start if you don't change the setting.

Hope this clarify something.
Manual. requires you to stop or start the service. It will remember what is the last state you left the service running.

Automatic. leaves the service running or stopped depending ont he operating system needs or programs which depend on this service. so they will start the service automatically when needed.

Disabled. self explanatory.

Also look at some services they are depended on others to work, so if they are disabled, it will in turn disable dependent services.

Forced accept.

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