ServiceInstaller.Description Property


Gets or sets the description for the service.

 property System::String ^ Description { System::String ^ get(); void set(System::String ^ value); };
public string Description { get; set; }
member this.Description : string with get, set
Public Property Description As String

Property Value

The description of the service. The default is an empty string ("").



The following code example sets the installation properties for a new Windows service application. The example sets the service name, along with the display name and description. After assigning the installation properties for the service, the example adds the ServiceInstaller object to the Installers collection.

simpleServiceProcessInstaller = new ServiceProcessInstaller();
simpleServiceInstaller = new ServiceInstaller();

// Set the account properties for the service process.
simpleServiceProcessInstaller.Account = ServiceAccount.LocalService;

// Set the installation properties for the service.
// The ServiceInstaller.ServiceName must match the
// ServiceBase.ServiceName set in the service
// implementation that is installed by this installer.
simpleServiceInstaller.ServiceName = "SimpleService";

simpleServiceInstaller.DisplayName = "Simple Service";
simpleServiceInstaller.Description = "A simple service that runs on the local computer.";
simpleServiceInstaller.StartType = ServiceStartMode.Manual;

// Add the installers to the Installer collection.
' Start the service.
Protected Overrides Sub OnStart(ByVal args() As String) 
    ' Start a separate thread that does the actual work.
    If workerThread Is Nothing OrElse(workerThread.ThreadState And System.Threading.ThreadState.Unstarted Or System.Threading.ThreadState.Stopped) <> 0 Then
        Trace.WriteLine(DateTime.Now.ToLongTimeString() + " - Starting the service worker thread.", "OnStart")
        workerThread = New Thread(New ThreadStart(AddressOf ServiceWorkerMethod))
    End If
    If Not (workerThread Is Nothing) Then
        Trace.WriteLine(DateTime.Now.ToLongTimeString() + " - Worker thread state = " + workerThread.ThreadState.ToString(), "OnStart")
    End If

End Sub


Use the Description property to describe the purpose of the installed service to the user. The user can view the service description in applications that display details for installed services.

For example, using Windows XP, you can view the service description with the Service Control command-line utility (Sc.exe) or you can view the service description within the Services node of the Computer Management console.

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