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C# - how do i activate a UI from win service?

Posted on 2011-02-13
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Hi Experts

we wrote  a win service  with C#.  it is local system account
and even though the interact with desktop property is on -
i can't load a GUI or EXE with GUI.

is there a way to Load UI from win service?

10x
for the help
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Question by:gudidi
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by:Qlemo
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Starting with Vista GUI components of interactive services are catched on WinStation 0 (which has been the "Console" in prior OS', which does no longer exist with Vista and above). There is a service running (Ui0Detect) catching Windows and notifying you that there is something to be displayed. Confirming will switch to WinStation 0 temporarily.
You cannot circumvent that. If Ui0Detect does not run, you cannot switch to the Service Desktop.
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by:gudidi
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i don't understand.
so from the service i can not call GUI?
what is Ui0Detect?
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by:Qlemo
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I don't understand. I was expecting you to be an experienced developer, tried that already with XP or the like, because writing interactive services isn't something you would start with when learning.
How much do you know already regarding services?
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by:gudidi
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not much. icreate service with timer that activate some Dll's.
and now i want to activate Exe file with GUI.
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Qlemo earned 500 total points
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First, read my post again regarding Ui0Detect - it is a service needed in your case. Check that.
If you are not getting a notification from your sevice when Ui0Detect runs, you will need to check for error codes returned in your service.
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