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Hamachi as a service – now free!

So… I figured I’d post an update (even if it is a few months old) regarding Hamachi and running it as a service under Windows. LogMeIn updated their licencing to a commercial/non-commercial system as opposed to the basic/premium setup. There’s no difference in functionality now, but it’s assumed that if you use Hamachi in a commercial environment, you’ll pay for it.

That being said, it’s quite easy to run Hamachi as a service now.  Click on the gear in the main Hamachi window and select “Preferences” to bring up the configuration options. Under “System”, click on the button that says “Run Hamachi as a Windows Service”. It will restart Hamachi, and voila!

How to run Hamachi Basic as a Service in Windows XP

EDIT – Hamachi has updated their licensing, allowing you to run Hamachi as a service for free. Check here for more information.

So… I still love Hamachi, it’s the best thing since sliced bread in my opinion, but there are times when we want or need it to run as a service, or without the user knowing it. LogMeIn has made this “run as a Service” a feature of their premium version for Windows XP, which will set you back $39.00 per year. Here’s a way of getting around this litle connundrum.

A word of warning, this procedure alters the registry. Improper changes can result in a screwed up system, so don’t touch anything I don’t tell you to touch, mmkay? 😛

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