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by Jiří {x2} Činčura

Win32_Service bit me again

8 Jan 2016 Best practice or not?, Windows

When I wrote few weeks ago about my gotcha with Win32_Service little I knew it is a journey to begin. Here’s next part.

After previous trip to wonderland I was taking extra caution when doing anything with types. But this time I faced, …, different values for the same parameters. Let’s explore the StartMode parameter. When you use Create you can use Automatic as a value (among others) based on the documentation. One might expect the same value when reading this parameter from instance, right? Even the values in documentation look the same. Well, almost. Our particular value there is Auto not Automatic. Go figure.

I have a feeling this is not the last confusion I’ll face.

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