Remote Meter Readings

Interactive Services Detection Warning

 
Beginning with Windows Vista, Microsoft has been implementing an enhanced security scheme which limits the ability of Windows services to communicate directly with the Windows desktop.  Realizing that this might affect legacy applications, Microsoft created the Interactive Services Detection Service.  This is a small program which simply detects when another service makes a request to interact with the Windows desktop, and displays a message similar to the following:
PrintMIBUK Interactive Services
 
Clicking View the message should display whatever message is asking for attention so that the user can deal with it.
 
In actual practice, it seems that the methodology that is used by the Interactive Services Detection Service is too broad, as it appears to detect such messages when none exist.  In fact, this is so common an event that many system administrators and users simply disable Interactive Services Detection and report no negative side effects.
 
If the Interactive Services Detection service begins to appear after installing the DCA, we suggest checking with your client’s IT support team, and if they approve, disabling the service entirely as follows.
 
Log on to the computer on which the PrintMIBUK DCA is installed using a login ID with the ability to start and stop services – typically an admin or power user ID.
Press and hold the Windows logo key on the computer keyboard, then press the R key.
Win_R image
A Run window similar to this should appear:  RUN
Type services.msc and click Ok.
The Windows Services Manager should open:  Services Manager
Locate Interactive Services Detection and right click on it, then Select Properties from the menu.
 
The Properties window for Interactive Services Detection will open:
First, change the Startup Type from Automatic to Disabled.  Interactive Services
Once that’s done, click on the Stop button to stop the currently running instance of the service.
Click the OK button to close the Properties window, then close the Services Manager.
It’s unlikely, but in the event that it’s determined that Interactive Service Detection needs to be active, simply repeat the above process, switching the Startup Type back to Automatic, and of course starting the service by clicking on the Start button.