Windows services

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'Windows services' is a term that refers to the long-running executable applications that operate in their own Windows sessions. These services can be automatically started when your computer boots, can be paused and restarted, and do not show any user interface. These features make Windows services ideal for use on a server or whenever you need long-running functionality that does not interfere with other users who are working on the same computer.

Primarily, Windows services are designed to run independently and perform certain functions on your computer. They can start when Windows boots up, and continue running until it shuts down, without requiring user interaction. These services don't have a graphical interface and you cannot interact with them directly. Examples include services that manage your internet connections, handle login procedures, or manage devices like printers.

In terms of management, Windows services can be configured to start automatically at boot, manually on demand, or in some cases, they can be disabled if they are not needed. Also, they can run under various accounts with different levels of authority, including SYSTEM, Local Service, and Network Service. The SYSTEM account has the highest level of authority, whereas Local Service has minimum privileges.

One advantage of Windows services is that they run in the background and perform key tasks without needing to log on to a user account. They are important tools that Windows uses to manage, maintain, and control various aspects of the system. Given their role, it is crucial that these services function correctly. If a service fails or encounters an error, it can greatly affect the performance or even the boot process of Windows. This makes understanding and appropriately managing these services quite important for the overall health of a computer system.

However, while these services are critical to your system, not all services are required for every system, and some services can even slow down the computer if they are unnecessary for your specific needs. Therefore, it's recommended that you understand what these services do before making any adjustments. This precaution ensures that unnecessary or potentially harmful changes aren't made inadvertently.

In conclusion, 'Windows services' is a broad term that encompasses all of the background processes that keep your Windows operating system running smoothly. They are primarily used to manage, maintain and control key tasks on your computer and disorder in these services can greatly affect system performance.