Windows 7 / Getting Started

Managing Services

Windows provides four main tools for managing services:

  • The Services snap-in (Services.msc)
  • Task Manager
  • Group Policy
  • The Sc.exe command

Managing Services Using the Services Snap-in

The Services snap-in in Windows 7 is the same as in Windows Vista. Compared to this snap-in in Windows XP, the main difference is that the Startup value for a service can be configured as Automatic (Delayed Start) on the General tab of the properties sheet for the service.

Important Before configuring a service for Delayed Start, be sure that you understand the possible ramifications. Delayed Start does not provide any time guarantee for when a delayed service will start after the boot process finishes, and if a client application attempts to use the service before it starts, the client application may fail. This means that client applications should be designed to start up the service on demand if they need the service before the Delayed Start sequence starts it. In addition, if a particular service is configured for Delayed Start and SCM detects other services that depend on this service, SCM will ignore the Delayed Start setting on the service and will start it during the boot process.

The only other change from Windows XP is the option of enabling actions for stops with errors. This option can be configured on the Recovery tab, and configuring it enables detection of and recovery from nonfatal errors.

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In this tutorial:

  1. Managing Devices and Services
  2. Understanding Device Installation and Management
  3. Device Enhancements in Windows 7
  4. Display Enhancements in Windows 7
  5. Understanding Device Installation
  6. Driver Store and Driver Packaging
  7. Driver Staging vs Installation
  8. Driver Staging and Installation Process
  9. Detailed Installation Process
  10. Managing Driver Packages
  11. Using PnPutil.exe
  12. Using Dism.exe
  13. Driver Signing
  14. Driver Ranking
  15. Installing and Using Devices
  16. Enhancements to the Device Installation Experience in Windows 7
  17. Scenario 1: Driver found in Driver Store
  18. Scenario 2: Driver found on Windows Update
  19. Scenario 3: Driver in Driver Store, But Better Driver on Windows Update
  20. Scenario 5: No Driver Can Be Found for the device
  21. Scenario 6: Vendor -supplied media is available
  22. Scenario 7: Additional Device Software is Available For Download from vendor
  23. Configuring Device Installation Settings
  24. Using the Devices And Printers Folder
  25. Understanding Device Stage
  26. Understanding the Device Experience Architecture
  27. Device Containers
  28. Device display object
  29. Device Metadata System
  30. Managing Device Installation Using Group Policy
  31. Managing Device Installation Behavior
  32. Managing Driver Installation Behavior
  33. Blocking Installation of Removable Devices
  34. Managing Device Redirection Behavior
  35. Troubleshooting Device Installation
  36. Using Windows Error Reporting
  37. Using the SetupAPI Log File
  38. Using Driver INF Files
  39. Using Device Manager Error Codes
  40. Using Driver Verifier
  41. Repairing Driver Store Corruption
  42. Repairing Index File Corruption
  43. Understanding Power Management
  44. Power Management Enhancements in Windows 7
  45. New Power Policies in Windows 7
  46. Configuring Power Management Settings
  47. Configuring Power Management Settings Using the Power Options Utility in Control Panel
  48. Configuring Power Management Settings Using Group Policy
  49. Configuring Power Management Settings Using the Powercfg Utility
  50. Understanding Services
  51. Service Enhancements in Windows 7
  52. Managing Services
  53. Managing Services Using Task Manager
  54. Managing Services Using the Sc.exe Command