Definition - What does Windows Service mean?
Techopedia explains Windows Service
The Windows NT family of operating systems have multiple services, which are grouped into three categories or user accounts: System, Network Service and Local Service. As the names suggest, these services control applications and actions pertaining to their respective categories. There are also third-party services that are installed together with the applications that need them; examples of these are third-party security applications and virus/malware protection software, which install their own constantly running service to actively monitor the system, usually eating up valuable system resources.
The following are some characteristics of Windows services:
- Always running
- No UI
- Run in a separate Windows session, so are available to all users
- Offer recovery actions