NOTE: This version is obsolete. Information on this page is kept up only for those easily amused by historical information. Information on the current version can be found here.
pserv.cpl is a Windows NT/2000 Control Panel Applet that
- Allows you to control all NT services and devices
- Allows you to uninstall applications (new in 2.6)
- Allows you to (at least partially) replace eventviewer (new in 2.4)
- Allows you to (at least partially) replace task manager (new in 2.4)
- Allows you to connect to remote machines
- Has many features your Windows 2000 MMC doesn't offer you
- IT IS FAST.
I wrote it partly because of being annoyed with that dreaded piece of badly designed crap called Windows 2000 MMC.
Other new stuff
Command line switches:
MODULES. Nuff said
Here is a hopefully instructive example:
... pserv2 /RESTART Apache2 ... pserv2 /DUMPXML services.xml pserv2 /DEVICES /DUMPXML devices.xml ...
Starting with 2.2, pserv.cpl has a nice feature that lets you import
pserv.xml files and compare
them with the current set of services running.
A simple example: You install Windows XP and then manually disable all those "trustworthy" services with funny names like "Background Intelligent Transfer Service" or "Automatic Updates" and other nmap material. HOWEVER, next time you do windows update, there they are up again. Yikes.
But, now you can fight back: disable all services you don't want to have, and save your settings as XML file (menu
Templates\Export as XML).
Then, when you want to get your settings back, choose
Templates\Apply XML template. A dialog will show all changes
suggested to your current service configuration.
The current version is 2.7. It is released as freeware with a very liberal, BSD-style license. Source included. Use at own risk. The Download includes an standlone installer. The pserv.cpl history includes links to older versions...
Note: If you are a graphics designer and you have some spare time, please consider if you want to help the progress of pserv.cpl by designing a list of toolbar icons for it. Admittedly, the current set of icons pretty much sucks ;)