Run as a Windows Service

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WebWatchBot has the ability to run in two modes: Run as a Windows Application and Run as a Windows Service. By default, WebWatchBot runs as a Windows Application. When running WebWatchBot as a Windows as a Windows Service, the title bar for the application will display "Service Mode".


Newer versions of WebWatchBot can run as a Windows Service. Check the System Requirements for a list of supported Windows versions.


WebWatchBot is running as a Windows Service if the Service Status Icon is visible in the lower right hand corner of the WebWatchBot Manager Application:


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Advantages of Running as a Windows Service


Running WebWatchBot as a Windows Service poses the following overall advantages over running as a Windows Application:

  • If the WebWatchBot Manager Application is closed, the WebWatchBot Service application can still monitor.
  • If the logged in user is logged out, the WebWatchBot Service application can still monitor.
  • There is a performance decrease as the number of active watch items increase. It is not recommended that more than 50 watch items be active at one time when running in Windows Application Mode. It is highly recommended that if your version of Windows supports Windows Services, that WebWatchBot Run as a Windows Service.
  • WebWatchBot Manager will perform better when WebWatchBot is run as a Windows Service.



Switching from Windows Service mode to Application Mode

Note: When switching from Windows Service mode to Application Mode, all log files are deleted. This resolves a problem with permissions used to create, edit, and delete log files under different Windows user logons.