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Run Google Chrome as a Windows Service Under FireDaemon Pro

Google Chrome is a web browser. Chrome can be run as a Windows Service using FireDaemon Pro. FireDaeomn Pro allows you to have Chrome start automatically at boot prior to login, start multiple instances of Chrome and open specific websites. This guide will show you how to set it up. You can also use FireDaemon Fusion to manage FireDaemon Pro and other Windows services via a web browser.

  1. Download the latest version of Chrome from the official website. Install the Chrome browser. By default, it installs to C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome. Start Chrome manually first to generate your profile.

  2. Download and install FireDaemon Pro to the directory of your choice, typically C:\Program Files\FireDaemon Pro.

  3. Start the FireDaemon Pro GUI from the FireDaemon Pro desktop shortcut. Click on the "Create a new service definition" button in the toolbar (or type Ctrl+N) and enter the information into the fields as you see below. Adjust the paths to suit your installation. No Parameters are required by default.

  4. Then click the "tick" button in the FireDaemon Pro toolbar to install the FireDaemon Pro service.

    You will now see Chrome running as the user Localsystem in Task Manager. If you have FireDaemon Zero and FireDaemon ZeroInput installed you will be able to switch to Session 0 to see Chrome running on Session 0.

    Windows Task Manager showing Google Chrome running as Localsystem under FireDaemon Pro control
  5. You can always modify the FireDaemon Pro service. Google Chrome supports multiple command line parameters which can be passed to Chrome via the FireDaemon Pro Parameters field. For example, to start Google Chrome and open several URLs in separate tabs when Google Chrome starts, simply specify the URLs you want to open via the Parameters field ensuring each URL is delimited by a space.

    FireDaemon Pro Google Chrome configuration showing the Parameters field being used to open multiple URLs and browser tabs simultanously