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By dcoyle ·
In Computer Management (in either w2k or NT), what is the basic difference between having a Service, say "pcAnywhere Host Service", started and it can be "manual" or "automatic'?
In other words, does "automatic" mean the sevice will start automatically, when the PC re-boots? If it's set to "manual" you will have to start the service each time (after a re-boot)?
Can someone give me an example of how to set a "start parameter"? I guess it is related.
Thx in advance...

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by dcoyle In reply to Services Question?

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by timwalsh In reply to Services Question?

Generally, when you install an application that alo needs a service to run correctly, the application will set up the service with the correct start paarameter.

The difference between automatic and manual is essentially what you surmise with the following exception: if a service is set to manual, usually that means that the application that needs it will start the service when the application starts. No user action is necessary. No reboot is necessary. The application will also usually stop the service when the application is closed.

If you wish to change the startup parameter (usualy this is only done if you want to disable a service), follow these steps:

1. In Win2K, right-click on the service you wish to change, and chooseProperties. On the General tab, you will see a box labeled "Startup type:" in the middle of the page. Your choices are Automatic, Manual, and Disabled.
2. In WinNT, in the list of services, highlight the service you wish to change and click the "Startup" button on the right side of the page. Click the button next to the Startup Type you wish to use, and click Okay.

Generally, it isn't a good idea to change the Startup Type of a given service (especially to Disabled) unless you are VERY sure of what you are doing.

Hope this answers your question.

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by dcoyle In reply to Services Question?

Helpful. Thx.

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