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Service wizard

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Service wizard integrated with the Visual Studio IDE.


Service applications always have the same skeleton. Therefore, it would be nice to have a service wizard integrated with the Visual Studio IDE (Integrated Development Environment).

My service wizard was created by the "Custom Wizard" project type. Its output is an AWX file that should be copied to <Visual Studio directory>\Common\MSDev98\Template folder.

Therefore, when creating service projects, choose "Service Wizard" from the project type list.

One wizard step

As seen from the image above, there are 3 parameters for service installation:

  1. Displayed service name - This is the text that will be displayed when opening the service control manager.
  2. Startup type.
  3. Should the service interact with the desktop?

Install and uninstall your service

The wizard writes down code for installing and uninstalling your service. Running your executable with the '/Install' or '/Uninstall' parameter will install or uninstall the service, respectively.

Debugging your service

Since the created project (by the wizard) is a console application, you can debug your service as if it were just a console application and not a service.

TO DO ...

Your application code should be in the method Run() located in service.cpp file. Look for the comment // TO DO: Add code here. This is the place where the service is running.


  • 9.Apr.2003 - Send WM_QUIT message on service stop request.
  • 18.Jan.2004 -
    1. Start the service automatically when the service is installed and defined to have automatic startup.
    2. Wait for the service to be stopped when uninstalling the service.



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GeneralThe servise does not working on Vista Pin
coronys20-May-09 21:19
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QuestionWhat is .awx file? Pin
G Haranadh30-Aug-05 9:46
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AnswerRe: What is .awx file? Pin
Dudi Avramov1-Sep-05 2:32
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GeneralRe: What is .awx file? Pin
G Haranadh1-Sep-05 10:55
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QuestionService description? Pin
Unimportant user with important question16-Jun-05 11:29
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GeneralDifference between wizards Pin
Soron26-Jan-04 6:01
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GeneralRe: Difference between wizards Pin
milkyhonglee3-Mar-06 4:39
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GeneralThis is a trash, at least 80%+ are trash Pin
Anonymous22-Jan-04 5:44
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GeneralRe: This is a trash, at least 80%+ are trash Pin
Dudi Avramov22-Jan-04 10:00
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GeneralRe: This is a trash, at least 80%+ are trash Pin
Soron26-Jan-04 6:06
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GeneralNot working and stoping Pin
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GeneralRe: Not working and stoping Pin
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GeneralLogEvent... Pin
Matt Newman12-May-03 8:02
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QuestionVC7? Pin
Matt Newman9-May-03 17:39
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Matt Newman11-May-03 4:49
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GeneralNot a good service skeleton Pin
Wout Louwers6-Apr-03 21:56
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GeneralRe: Not a good service skeleton Pin
Dudi Avramov7-Apr-03 4:20
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GeneralRe: Not a good service skeleton Pin
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GeneralRe: Not a good service skeleton Pin
Dudi Avramov7-Apr-03 22:02
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GeneralRe: Not a good service skeleton Pin
Wout Louwers7-Apr-03 22:13
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GeneralRe: Not a good service skeleton Pin
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GeneralRe: Not a good service skeleton Pin
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