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  • Sir...

    How to add an icon for windows service application  in system tray.. Plz help

    Mrs Nishad

    Wednesday, June 3, 2020 10:13 AM

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  • Windows services run in an isolated, non-interactive session.  They cannot display a user interface.  Ordinarily, any child process started by a Windows service will also run in the same non-interactive session and will also not display a user interface.

    If you want to interact with a Windows service from a logged-on user's interactive session then you must start a process in the user's session that communicates with the Windows service using some form of inter-process communication.

    • Proposed as answer by CoolDadTx Wednesday, June 3, 2020 1:23 PM
    Wednesday, June 3, 2020 10:19 AM
  • I think she'll also want to know how to show notification for that formless application.
    Wednesday, June 3, 2020 11:17 AM
  • Another option is to create a Windows form project, implement a NotifyIcon class to have the service operations available and a user interface.

    In the screenshot below the service solution folder has the projects that compose a windows service while the solution folder Win Forms notifier is a windows form project using NotifyIcon, since there is very little code in the actual window service project with the bulk of the operations in class projects this was an easy thing to code. As is, if needed both can run at the same time but only one does.

    The key to this working is how you designed the service code, if everything is in the service project this means a decent amount of code while the opposite will be easy as in my case two hours total.

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    Wednesday, June 3, 2020 1:58 PM
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    Tuesday, June 9, 2020 8:32 AM