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After I installed my .net windows service, I tried to control some of the
behavior with the Start Parameters: in the services control parameter.

I can put a value in the box but for some reason it never gets saved (I open
the properties right after, and the box is empty). How does one persist a
value in the Start Parameters box for a service?


Mar 11 '07 #1
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Hello Mark,

From your description, you've developed an .net windows service program and
you're wondering how to supply some startup parameters for the service
application/exe. You've tried using the "start parameters" setting in
service control manager, but it doesn't persist it, correct?

Based on my research, the "start parameters" setting in service control
manager, it only provide a interface for us to supply some on-demand
parameters, so you can use it to add some parameters at a particular time
you use service control manager to start a service(manuall y). For those
parameters you want the service always use at every startup time, you
should store it into the windows service's startup commandline value in
registry, you can find all the installed services under the following key

HKEY_LOCAL_MACH INE\SYSTEM\Curr entControlSet\S ervices

And you can add additional commandline parameters in each service's
"ImagePath" registry value. e.g.

ImagePath="%Sys temRoot%\system 32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs"

Here is also a code project article mentioned manually customize the
registry value in service installer

#Install a Service using a Script
In addition, since you're building the windows service through .net
framework code, I suggest you also consider put your service application's
startup parameters in the app.config file(yourservic e.exe.config) file,
this is quite easy to configure and maintain.

Hope this helps.


Steven Cheng

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