What Are Windows Services and Related Programs?

This section describes Windows service related concepts and programs. A diagram is provided to illustrate how installed services, service programs, service configuration programs, and service control programs work together.

What is a Windows Service? A "Windows Service" is an thread of an execution process running continuously in the background without any user intervention. A "Windows Service" is similar in concept to a "Unix Daemon", or a "Background Job" in other operating systems.

There are several elements involved in creating, starting, and managing a "Windows Service":

To help you manage services on your Windows system, I made this diagram to illustrate how various elements work together:
Service Related Concepts and Programs

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Introduction to Microsoft Windows

 Introduction to Windows Explorer

 Introduction to Internet Explorer

 "Paint" Program and Computer Graphics

 GIMP - GNU Image Manipulation Program

 JPEG Image File Format Quality and Size

 GIF Image File Format and Transparent Background

 "WinZip" - ZIP File Compression Tool

 "WinRAR" - RAR and ZIP File Compression Tool

 FTP Server, Client and Commands

 "FileZilla" - Free FTP Client and Server

 Web Server Log Files and Analysis Tool - "Analog"

 Spyware Adware Detection and Removal

 IE Addon Program Listing and Removal

 Vundo (VirtuMonde/VirtuMundo) - vtsts.dll Removal

 Trojan and Malware "Puper" Description and Removal

 VSToolbar (VSAdd-in.dll) - Description and Removal

 Spybot - Spyware Blocker, Detection and Removal

 Setting Up and Using Crossover Cable Network

 Home Network Gateway - DSL Modem/Wireless Router

 Windows Task Manager - The System Performance Tool

 "tasklist" Command Line Tool to List Process Information

 "msconfig" - System Configuration Tool

Configuring and Managing System Services

What Are Windows Services and Related Programs?

 The Life Cycle of A Service - "Google Updater"

 Installed Services in System Registry

 "sc.exe" - A Command Line Tool to Manage Services

 "sc.exe query type= driver" - All Device Driver Services

 "sc.exe query type= service" - All Application Program Services

 "sc.exe query/start/stop" - Query, Start or Stop Services

 "sc.exe create/delete" - Create or Delete Services

 "services.msc" - Program Services Console

 "services.msc" - Stoping and Starting Services

 "services.msc" - Disabling Services

 "Task Manger" - Ending a Service Process

 Windows Registry Key and Value Management Tools

 Startup Programs Removal for Better System Performance

 Winsock - Windows Sockets API

 Java on Windows

 Glossary of Terms

 Outdated Tutorials

 References

 PDF Printing Version