Code: Installing a Managed Service with a Custom Name [Robert Villahermosa]

using System;
using System.ServiceProcess;
using System.Configuration.Install;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.IO;

public class SimpleService : ServiceBase

public static void Main()
ServiceBase.Run(new SimpleService());

public SimpleService()
CanPauseAndContinue = true;
//Here we are setting a service name to show you don't need a custom name if you don't want one
//This gets overriden in this example later
ServiceName = "SimpleService";

protected override void OnStart(string[] args)
//This is where your service would do something useful when it starts

protected override void OnStop()
//This is where your service would do something useful when it stops


public class ProjectInstaller : Installer
private ServiceInstaller serviceInstaller;
private ServiceProcessInstaller processInstaller;

public ProjectInstaller()
processInstaller = new ServiceProcessInstaller();
serviceInstaller = new ServiceInstaller();
// Service will run under system account
processInstaller.Account = ServiceAccount.LocalSystem;
// Service will have Start Type of Manual
serviceInstaller.StartType = ServiceStartMode.Manual;
// Service will have the following name (optional) this just shows
// you don't need to have a custom name, you can omit this though
serviceInstaller.ServiceName = "SimpleService";
// Here we are going to hook up some custom events prior to the install and uninstall
BeforeInstall += new InstallEventHandler(BeforeInstallEventHandler);
BeforeUninstall += new InstallEventHandler(BeforeUninstallEventHandler);
// serviceInstaller.ServiceName = servicename;

private void BeforeInstallEventHandler(object sender, InstallEventArgs e)
// Add steps to perform any actions before the install process.
Console.WriteLine("BeforeInstallEventHandler Called");
Console.WriteLine("Please enter the name you would like this service installed as:");
serviceInstaller.ServiceName = Console.ReadLine();
Console.WriteLine("Attempting to install service as: " + serviceInstaller.ServiceName);

private void BeforeUninstallEventHandler(object sender, InstallEventArgs e)
Console.WriteLine("BeforeUninstallEventHandler Called");
serviceInstaller.ServiceName = RetrieveServiceName();
// Add steps to perform any actions before the Uninstall process.
Console.WriteLine("Code for BeforeUninstallEventHandler");

private void PersistServiceName(string serviceName)
//This method stores the service name, you can choose whatever method to persist this data as you like
TextWriter tw = new StreamWriter("Service.config", false);

private string RetrieveServiceName()
string serviceName;
//This method retrieves the service name, and should mirror the Perist method above
TextReader tr = new StreamReader("Service.config");
serviceName = tr.ReadLine();
Console.WriteLine("ServiceName " + serviceName);
return serviceName;

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