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Windows services, also referred to as NT services, are background service processes run by the Service Control Manager based on the service settings and optionally restarted as needed. Windows services are also capable of being launched on demand, based on other service dependencies.

More information at:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/d56de412(v=vs.80).aspx

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_service

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