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Windows service definition

Windows service refers to a type of software application that runs in the background of a Windows operating system without user intervention. It is designed to operate separately from the user sessions and often start automatically when the computer boots up. They can also be started manually or be triggered by specific events. This allows services to perform tasks that are continually running or waiting for specific events, regardless of whether a user is logged in or not.

See also: windows deployment services

Common Windows services

  • Windows update. It manages the download and installation of updates for Windows and other Microsoft products.
  • DHCP client: It manages network configuration by obtaining IP addresses and other settings from a DHCP server.
  • DNS client. It resolves and caches domain names.
  • Windows Defender antivirus service. It provides real-time scanning and protection against malware.
  • Windows firewall. It helps protect your computer by preventing unauthorized access.
  • Print spooler. It manages print jobs sent to printers connected to your computer.
  • Remote desktop services. They allow users to connect to a remote computer.
  • Security accounts manager. It stores security information for local user accounts.
  • Windows time. It synchronizes your computer's clock with a time source.
  • Task scheduler. It enables scheduled tasks to run automatically at specified times.