PDFCreator is free software that lets you create PDF files. The application can be run as a Windows Service using FireDaemon Pro, which allows you to have the application start 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.

PDFCreator Setup Under FireDaemon Pro

Download the latest PDFCreator file from the PDFCreator website.

Install the PDFCreator application. By default it installs to C:\Program Files (x86)\PDFCreator LLC\PDFCreator.

Run PDFCreator at least once to change any settings.

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 there are no required parameters.

  • Executable: The path to your PDFCreator.exe file. The default path is C:\Program Files (x86)\PDFCreator\PDFCreator.exe
  • Working Directory: The directory containing your PDFCreator.exe file. The default path is C:\Program Files (x86)\PDFCreator
  • Parameters: None. Leave this field blank.

Now click on the Settings tab. If you DON'T want to see PDFCreator running, uncheck the Interact with Desktop check box & select "Hidden" from the "Show Window" dropdown. You must run PDFCreator 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 change the Process Priority to allocate more CPU time to PDFCreator or specify which CPU or core PDFCreator will run on (in the case of multi-processor, hyperthreaded or multi-core CPUs).


Now click on the OK button to install and start PDFCreator!