This information applies to the following project types:
Windows services are executable files that Windowsbased systems run in the background to manage various system tasks, even if no user is currently logged in. A service is an executable file, but it must be designed as a service; you cannot automatically use an arbitrary executable file as a service. Windows services can be installed to run every time that the system starts or on demand when needed. InstallShield enables you to install new Windows services and configure existing services. Windows has a Services administrative tool with which you can view and configure the services that are installed on a system.
You can use the Setup Design view (in installation projects) or the Components view to create a component that installs, starts, stops, or deletes a service during installation or uninstallation. You can also use these views to configure extended service customization options that are available with Windows Installer 5.
Note that the service that you are starting, stopping, deleting, or configuring can either be already present on the target system during installation or uninstallation, or it can be installed as part of your installation.
To install, start, stop, delete, uninstall, or configure a service:
The Services node in the Advanced Settings area is where you specify the required information about the service that is included in the selected component. To add the service information to the component, right-click the Services node and then click Add Service. Next specify the service name for the service that you are configuring. The name that you enter must match the name that is shown on the services Properties dialog box. (To access an installed services properties: In the Services administrative tool, right-click the service and then click Properties.)
You must be familiar with the technical details of your service before you can configure its settings.
If configuring the service fails at run time, the installation may fail with an error message. ICE102 validates some of the service-related settings to help avoid such configuration failures. Therefore, it is recommended that you perform validation for your release.
Repeat the process for each service in this components key file.
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