Tutorial :Any way to override .NET Windows Service Name without recompiling?


I have a windows service executable that I know is written in .NET which I need to install under a different service name to avoid a conflict. The install doesn't provide anyway to specify a service name. If I only have access to the binary, is there anyway to override the service name when I install it with installutil?


Do you have to use InstallUtil? Here are the commands to do what you want using sc:

sc create MyService binPath= "MyService.exe" DisplayName= "MyService"    sc description MyService "My description"  

Reference: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/251192


It is not true that InstallUtil doesn't allow you to configure the service name. I do it all the time like this

InstallUtil.exe /servicename="<service name>" "<path to service exe>"  


  1. Add project installer to your service
  2. Add method to get CustomService name

    private void RetrieveServiceName()   {      var serviceName = Context.Parameters["servicename"];      if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(serviceName))      {          this.SomeService.ServiceName = serviceName;          this.SomeService.DisplayName = serviceName;      }  }  
  3. call on install and uninstall

    public override void Install(System.Collections.IDictionary stateSaver)  {     RetrieveServiceName();    base.Install(stateSaver);  }      public override void Uninstall(System.Collections.IDictionary savedState)    {     RetrieveServiceName();     base.Uninstall(savedState);  }  
  4. installutil /servicename=”My Service [SysTest]” d:\pathToMyService\Service.exe



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This exactly worked for me!

I hope someone can use this.


Try installing your service with sc.exe. A quick search will yield lots documentation. With that tool it's easy to modify existing services and/or add new ones -- including names.

Edit: I install my .NET services with this tool.

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