You’ve written your service and now you want to install it but you’re having problems. Well have no fear, because I wasted valuable hours of my life re-figuring this out last night and will tell you everything you need to know.
Most instructions on the web simply tell you to run installutil against your executable. This sounds easy enough but has a couple of problems:
installutilfrom a cmd window doesn’t work.
- Once you run it, your windows service may or may not be properly configured for
To solve the first problem, run the
Visual Studio 2008 Command Prompt which is located under Visual Studio 2008 in Start->All Programs. To solve the second, you have to add an installer class to your service. (This is different from creating a deployment package.) To add an installer class, follow these steps:
- Go to the designer view of your main class. (Probably
service1.csif you didn’t rename it.)
- Right click in the gray area of the designer and click
- This will create a file called ProjectInstaller.cs and take you to the designer view of this file where you should see:
- Click on
serviceProcessInstaller1and in the properties pane, change Account to LocalSystem.
- Click on
ServiceNameto something descriptive.
StartTypeto whatever you service needs. (Manual, Disabled, or Automatic)
Now, simply install the service. From the Visual Studio 2008 Command Prompt run:
installutil "Whatever Your Executable Is Named.exe"
If it is successful you should see a message like:
The transacted install has completed.
That’s all there is to it.