What does the '-k' mean after svchost.exe?

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Help and Support' started by Syex, Nov 19, 2011.

  1. Syex

    Syex Well-Known Member

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    Probably an odd question, however, i'd like to know the answer. It's to do with that svchost.exe thing that's running. When I typed svchost.exe in a search engine sometimes it'll say something like 'svchost.exe -k netsvcs' what is the meaning of '-k'?

    I like to know these things! lol! :confused:

    Syex
     
  2. zvit

    zvit Honorable Member

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    It's a top secret code to detect what you're doing on your computer at all times....

    Ok, seriously... It's a parameter subkey that points to a dll file of the service using the process. Read all about it here:
    svchost.exe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (Read especially the "Implementation" part).
     
  3. Syex

    Syex Well-Known Member

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    I believe your first answer! haha.
     

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