Installing ViewCommander as a Windows Service

Installing ViewCommander as a Windows Server will ensure ViewCommander will restart automatically if the program is turned off for any reason, such as by a user, a system restart due to a power failure or Windows update, or an internal error.


ViewCommander Version 4 & 5

To install ViewCommander as a service, make sure you are logged into windows as an Administrator, turn off ViewCommander, and click:

Attention Windows 7 and Server 2008 Users:  When clicking the shortcut below, right click on the ‘Install as a Service  icon and choose "Run as administrator". 

Start -> All Programs -> IVI-ViewCommander-V4 -> Utilities -> Service -> Install as a Service.
or
Start -> All Programs -> IVI-ViewCommander-V5 -> Utilities -> Service -> Install as a Service.

A Windows command screen will appear. Press the 'enter' key to confirm the installtion.

On Windows XP and Server 2003

ViewCommander will start automatically when Windows starts, and you do not need to be logged into windows. Recording and the ViewCommander web interface will also work.

Note: If you are connecting to the ViewCommander computer with Window's Remote Desktop, use the /admin option to simulate a console connection, otherwise you will not have access to ViewCommander. To launch Remote Desktop with this option, use:  mstsc.exe /admin

On Windows 7,8,8.1,10 and Server 2008, 2012

ViewCommander will start automatically when Windows starts, and you do not need to be logged into windows. However due to changes in Windows 7 and Server 2008,  applications running as a service can no longer interact with the Windows desktop.

To interact with ViewCommander when running as a service, you can do one of two things:

1) Interactive Service Detection - When installing as service as described above, the Windows "Interactive Services Detection" service is also started. You will then see an icon (it looks like a gear) appear. When clicked on, it will show you ViewCommander and allow you to interact with it.  When you exit this mode, ViewCommander will continue to run as a service in the background.

2) Run a second instance of ViewCommander by clicking on the ViewCommander icon. It will detect that ViewCommander is already running as a service, and will ask you if you want to pause the service temporarily to allow the new instance to run. Click 'yes'.  A second instance of ViewCommander will appear and you can leave it open indefinitely. If you close this second instance, the service will start back up automatically.