Service Start-Up Methods
Services can also have one of three start-up methods: Automatic, Manual and Disabled. When set to automatic a service will start when Windows boots up, usually even before the login prompt appears. When set to manual, a service will only start when an administrator (or user with sufficient rights) navigates to the Services snap-in, right clicks it and selects Start from the pop-up menu. When set to disabled, a service cannot be started by any means it must first be set to manual or automatic, and then started manually.
Finally, services also run in an account context. Normally this is the Local System context, which gives a service access to the entire operating system. In some circumstances, it can be necessary to run a service under a user account. This normally only occurs in networked environments or where specific third party applications are concerned.
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