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Service Manager Sample 

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This sample shows how to control Windows Services.

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This sample code is provided to illustrate a concept and should not be used in applications or Web sites, as it may not illustrate the safest coding practices. Microsoft assumes no liability for incidental or consequential damages should the sample code be used for purposes other than as intended.

To open the sample file in Solution Explorer

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  2. Click Open, and on the left column of the zip folder window, click Extract all files.

    The Extraction Wizard opens.

  3. Click Next. You can change the directory that the files will be extracted to, and then click Next again.

  4. Make sure that the Show extracted files check box is selected, and click Finish.

  5. Double-click the sample's .sln file.

    The sample solution is displayed in Solution Explorer. You might get a security warning that says the solution location is not trusted. Click OK to continue.

To run this sample

  • Press F5.


Windows Services are long-running programs that perform their tasks without user interaction. This sample uses the ServiceController class from the System.ServiceProcess namespace. This class allows you retrieve a list of the running services through a shared method, GetServices. Using the ServiceController class, you can start, stop, pause, or resume a service.

Using the user interface presented you can start, stop, pause, and resume a service. The application checks the current state of the service to see what buttons should be enabled. The Relist All Services command on the Actions menu calls the GetServices method to fill the ListView control with the processes. The Refresh command on the Actions menu updates the status of each process already listed in the ListView control.

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