Getting windows service to start before login - Windows XP

Posted on 2011-10-04
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I have a program installed on a Windows Xp machine that installs as a service. I was wondering if there is anyway to get this particular service to start as soon as the computer boots up. As it stands now it does not start till a user logs into the computer than obviously stays up until the next reboot. If I could get this to start before login that would be a huge help.
Question by:mrhamen
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    Expert Comment

    Change the service to Automatic Start or Automatic Delayed Start.
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    Expert Comment

    Control Panel > administrative tools > services
    to get to where you change that
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    Accepted Solution

    Actually this program was already set to automatic hence it starting once a user logged on.

    I dug around a little bit more and found that I had to set it to Allow service to interact with desktop on the properties/Logon tab for this particular service. Once I did that it worked as I wanted it to.
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    Author Closing Comment

    Continued to dig around and found the needed adjustment to the service to have it start at boot rather than after first logon.

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