BOINC (Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing) is a program that puts idle computer resources to work on distributed computing projects such as SETI@Home, Einstein@Home, PrimeGrid, and many others. The BOINC application can be run as a Windows Service using FireDaemon Pro, which lets you start the application automatically at boot prior to login, start multiple instances of the application and more. This HOWTO will show you how to set it up. You can also use Fusion to manage FireDaemon and other Windows services via a web browser.

BOINC Setup Under FireDaemon Pro

Download the latest BOINC files from the BOINC website.

Install the BOINC application. By default it installs to C:\Program Files\BOINC.

Run the application at least once to add projects and change any settings. You may have to create an account to contribute to individual projects.

Visit the Options Menu and click Other Options. Make sure "Run Manager at Login" is unchecked, as FireDaemon will take care of this for you.

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

Next start the FireDaemon GUI from the 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. Note that no parameters are required.

  • Executable: The path to the boincmgr.exe file. The default path is C:\Program Files\BOINC\boincmgr.exe
  • Working Directory: The directory containing the boincmgr.exe file. The default path is C:\Program Files\BOINC

Now click on the Settings tab. If you DON'T want to see BOINC running, uncheck the Interact with Desktop check box & select "Hidden" from the "Show Window" dropdown. You may optionally run BOINC as the user you installed it as. In the Logon Account field type your username (e.g. Administrator) and then enter the user's password twice in the Password and Confirm fields. You can also change the Process Priority to allocate more CPU time to BOINC or specify which CPU or core BOINC will run on (in the case of multi-processor, hyperthreaded or multi-core CPUs).

Now click OK to finish setup and start your BOINC project!