VLC is a media player and library. The 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.
VLC Setup Under FireDaemon Pro
Download the latest VLC files from the VLC website.
Install the VLC application. By default it installs to C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC
Run VLC 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.
- Executable: The path to the vlc.exe file. The default is C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe
- Working Directory: The directory containing vlc.exe. The default directory is C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC
- Parameters: None. Leave this field blank.
Now click on the Settings tab. If you DON'T want to see VLC running, uncheck the Interact with Desktop check box & select "Hidden" from the "Show Window" dropdown. You may optionally run VLC 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 VLC or specify which CPU or core VLC will run on (in the case of multi-processor, hyperthreaded or multi-core CPUs).
Now click OK to finish setup and start VLC!