Configuring the program to run as a service
You can configure Tcp Com Bridge to run as a service in all Windows operating systems, starting from Windows 2000. This will allow the program to set up connections and create virtual COM ports automatically as soon as Windows loads, before any user logs on. In this mode, Tcp Com Bridge runs in background mode and usually is not noticed by users. To configure the program to run as a service, do the following:
1. Run Tcp Com Bridge and configure connections as necessary.
2. Select the “Windows service” operating mode via the program’s main window.
3. Test all connections to make sure that they work properly.
4. Close the program by clicking the “Exit” button and agreeing to close all active connections.
5. If you reboot the computer, the service will be launched automatically. You can also launch the service manually without rebooting the computer: Control Panel → Administration → Services → Tcp Com Bridge.
6. You can check if the service is running via the Task Manager. In the list of processes, you should see tcpcom.exe
Change connection settings or add new connections as follows:
1. Launch Tcp Com Bridge by clicking its icon on the desktop or via “Start → Programs.”
2. Agree to launch the program in restricted mode (because the service is already running in background mode).
3. Change the program’s settings as you need.
4. Go to “Control Panel → Administration → Services” and restart the Tcp Com Bridge service.
To disable the service mode, do the following:
1. Go to “Control Panel → Administration → Services.”
2. Stop the Tcp Com Bridge service.
3. Open the Properties dialog for the Tcp Com Bridge service.
4. Change the start-up mode to “Manual.”