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, 15 Jan 2011 CPOL
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This tip shows how to create a service
#include <windows.h>
#include <stdio.h>

BOOL CreateSampleService(LPCTSTR lpszDisplayName, LPCTSTR szPath)
    TCHAR szPath[MAX_PATH];
    if( !GetModuleFileName( NULL, szPath, MAX_PATH ) )
        printf("GetModuleFileName failed (%d)\n", GetLastError());
        return FALSE;
    schService = CreateService(
        schSCManager,              // SCManager database
        TEXT("Sample_Srv"),        // name of service
        lpszDisplayName,           // service name to display
        SERVICE_ALL_ACCESS,        // desired access
        SERVICE_WIN32_OWN_PROCESS, // service type
        SERVICE_DEMAND_START,      // start type
        SERVICE_ERROR_NORMAL,      // error control type
        szPath,                    // path to service's binary
        NULL,                      // no load ordering group
        NULL,                      // no tag identifier
        NULL,                      // no dependencies
        NULL,                      // LocalSystem account
        NULL);                     // no password

    if (schService == NULL)
        printf("CreateService failed (%d)\n", GetLastError());
        return FALSE;
        return TRUE;
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GeneralReason for my vote of 1 Not an article. Pinmemberbrianbacon15-Jan-11 16:09 
GeneralRe: You are right.. it's not an article.. it's a tip.. and the b... PinmemberMukit, Ataul16-Jan-11 18:53 
GeneralAdded the pre tab for you... PinmemberSteve Maier13-Jan-11 8:45 
GeneralRe: How very nice.. thnx.. PinmemberMukit, Ataul15-Jan-11 18:52 
GeneralI tried, doesn't seem to work.. the pre tag.. PinmemberMukit, Ataul13-Jan-11 2:21 
GeneralReason for my vote of 1 Do I really need to explain on this ... PinmemberMarcus Kramer12-Jan-11 14:41 
GeneralReason for my vote of 1 c&ping code from MSDN is not a tip. PinmemberSledgeHammer0112-Jan-11 5:55 

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