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. ย 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? ๐Ÿ˜›

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New Test Computer

About a month and a half ago, my girlfriend’s parents’ computer started acting strange. For whatever reason, it would never get past the login screen when booting, but it did this consistently. I checked everything that I could, but didn’t have any idea as to why it was happening.

Anyways, in the end, I had no idea what was wrong, and I was having troubles re-installing Windows XP on there. Ultimately, they ended up paying for new computer parts, which I put together into a nice system for them. Compared to the old thing, it flies. ๐Ÿ™‚

So now I’ve got this PIII 700MHz at home, and I need to find a good use for it. I’ve basically decided that for the time being, it’ll be my test platform. I had a 512MB stick of PC133 RAM lying around, so now it’s got a total of 512MB+256MB+128MB=896MB of RAM. Should be good for a while. If I want to test any software or an unattended XP installation, I’ll use it. The network card also has WOL (Wake-On-Lan) support, so I can suspend the computer, and then start it up remotely. Then, once it’s up and running again, Hamachi starts, and I can connect to it through Remote Desktop. I can install my programs, play with whatever I want, and then when I’m done, put it back in standby.

Oh – and anyone who says that PIII is too slow for XP – let me tell you, it’s just peachy. All XP needs to run decently is 256MB of RAM. 512MB will make it much better, but if you just surf the web or write documents, 256MB is fine.

Geeky Site mod

So – I made a little bit of a mod to my site a couple of days ago. You may or may not have noticed it, but at the top of the sidebar, there’s now a section that says “Zxian’s Computers”. It checks my hamachi online status for my laptop and server, and then displays the appropriate status there.

Now you can see if I’m actually on the web or not. ๐Ÿ˜‰


Ok… so I’ve just wasted about 2 hours trying to figure out a problem with my computer… that isn’t even my problem!!! I’ll get more into that later…

Anyways… I had been introduced to Hamachi a while back, but I didn’t really see the point in it. So it creates a virtual LAN… I don’t game much, and I can always access my files from home over FTP. Recently, I found it again, and it’s improved.

Ever tried to set up port forwarding for multiple computers? You don’t need to anymore. Let’s say that we’ve got three computers in our network – DesktopA, DesktopB, and Laptop. Both Desktops are at home, while the Laptop is in… Nepal (or whatever). If all three computers have Hamachi installed, you can just connect using Remote Desktop to “DesktopA” – that’s it! No forwarding port 3389 to or any crap like that.

I’ve got it installed on my computers at home and my laptop, so wherever I am, I can browse my Windows Shares, and easily connect to Remote Desktop.

So anyways – the problem I was having? It’s basically that my university won’t allow me to connect through Hamachi to home while I’m connected to their VPN servers. So I’m sitting here for about two hours trying to figure this out, when I try that one thing that’s different and everything works just fine. *argh*

That’s not to mention the fact that the wireless servers here at my university are completely fucked. Either the VPN servers will disconnect you at random, or the WPA servers will decide that they need to re-check your identity at random… I’m off to write an angry e-mail right now…

Check it out for yourself…

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