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Service won't do anything

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I'm trying to add a service to Windows Server 2003 Standard which basically runs another script every couple of mins. I've read through the various articles here and in the FAQ wiki on how to add a service to windows. I've tried the UDF's, the RunAsSvc application, the sc.exe application, and the srvany.exe application. While all of these add a service which I can get to start/stop, the script does nothing. Double clicking the service exe does what I expect. Below is the code I've basically stripped it down to opening notepad from a loop, this does nothing as a service, but does when double clicked.

What am I missing?

#Region
#AutoIt3Wrapper_UseUpx=n
#EndRegion
 
While 1
   ShellExecute("notepad.exe")
   Sleep(5000)
WEnd

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Are you sure it's not doing anything? I would look in the TaskManager when the service is running to see if Notepad is running or not. It might be running it, but the window isn't visible to you.


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do u have UAC enabled?

are u administrator?

i would do what they allways tell me here, show us the code in this case how u create the service :graduated: and check what BrewManNH says..

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Nothing is running in TaskManager (the script or in this case notepad.exe) and the service appears to be running without errors (logged to EventViewer). As for the code, right now I'm just trying to get the above code to run as a service. Every 5 seconds a new Notepad instance should be opened (or atleast I believe that's what should happen). I drilled down to this basic script just to see if the script I had as a service was doing anything, even with this nothing is happening.

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do u have UAC enabled?

are u administrator?

i would do what they allways tell me here, show us the code in this case how u create the service :graduated: and check what BrewManNH says..

I don't believe Windows Server 2003 Standard has UAC, or does it? I'm not getting prompts when I run it just by double clicking on it. I have tried running this as admin as a service, no go. Double clicking it as admin works as I expect.

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When you're looking in Task Manager are you viewing programs run by all users?


If I posted any code, assume that code was written using the latest release version unless stated otherwise. Also, if it doesn't work on XP I can't help with that because I don't have access to XP, and I'm not going to.
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Back up and restore Windows user files _Array.au3 - Modified array functions that include support for 2D arrays.  -  ColorChooser - An add-on for SciTE that pops up a color dialog so you can select and paste a color code into a script.  -  Customizable Splashscreen GUI w/Progress Bar - Create a custom "splash screen" GUI with a progress bar and custom label.  -  _FileGetProperty - Retrieve the properties of a file  -  SciTE Toolbar - A toolbar demo for use with the SciTE editor  -  GUIRegisterMsg demo - Demo script to show how to use the Windows messages to interact with controls and your GUI.  -   Latin Square password generator

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I don't believe Windows Server 2003 Standard has UAC, or does it? I'm not getting prompts when I run it just by double clicking on it. I have tried running this as admin as a service, no go. Double clicking it as admin works as I expect.

I remember people saying you have to create the service with the option "Interact with desktop" or something like that, working with services is tricky, I have yet to see an example that can run as a service and create files on the desktop (or anywhere else), show gui's and almost anything else.

But then again, I'm new to this...


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When you're looking in Task Manager are you viewing programs run by all users?

Yeah made sure I was seeing all tasks. I'll double check again tomorrow to be sure however.

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I remember people saying you have to create the service with the option "Interact with desktop" or something like that, working with services is tricky, I have yet to see an example that can run as a service and create files on the desktop (or anywhere else), show gui's and almost anything else.

But then again, I'm new to this...

I seen reference to this as well. I checked the interactive check box on the service which also didn't appear to do anything. From everything I've done the best I can tell is any of my scripts set as a service do not work. I can't tell however if it's because of the script or the way the service is being added (which I've tried a bunch today).

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Anyone have a sample script that they know works as a script? I'll give that a try and see where I come out. Not sure why this isn't working as planned :graduated:

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