Interactive Services Detection

ServicesOne of the ways Vista’s security was improved was by separating system services and user applications into separate ‘sessions’. Keeping the system services isolated helps to better secure them, but also makes any interactive interface unavailable to the user. That’s where the Interactive Services Detection service comes in. When a service needs to interact with the user, Interactive Services Detection presents a dialog that will switch the user to the session where the service is running so they can interact with the service. For an excellent, detailed description of this, see this post. Many sites recommend disabling this service, but doing so will result in you not being able to interact with any services that require your attention. This service is run manually by default, so there is little point to disabling it unless you don’t want to be bothered by important information from the software you may be trying to run.

Display Name:
Interactive Services Detection
Service Name:
UI0Detect
Process Name:
UI0Detect.exe
Description:
Enables user notification of user input for interactive services, which enables access to dialogs created by interactive services when they appear. If this service is stopped, notifications of new interactive service dialogs will no longer function and there may no longer be access to interactive service dialogs. If this service is disabled, both notifications of and access to new interactive service dialogs will no longer function.
Path to Executable:
%windir%\system32\UI0Detect.exe
Default Startup:
  • Home Basic: Manual
  • Home Premium: Manual
  • Business: Manual
  • Enterprise: Manual
  • Ultimate: Manual
Log On As:
Local System Account
Desktop Interaction:
Yes
Depends On:
None
Required For:
None
Memory:
N/A
CPU:
N/A

89 Replies to “Interactive Services Detection”

  1. Vista’s Interactive Services Detection Service
    Only relevant to any ‘new’ application / service installed.
    1.stop messages by uninstalling (last ) item installed or item indicated by the service via the mesage box.
    2.restart computer
    3. find any remains of last installed files/ (program files) programs / registry and delete .
    4. run a clean up program (free- CCleaner) then restart computer.
    5. check for virus / malware using appropiate programs

    most cases of message relate to one installation; when you install aprogram and then uninstall the same program reminents remain from the installation on the computer; so if you try to re-install the same program again it accesses what was originally left by previous installation and triggers the service message!

  2. I HAD THE SAME PROBLEM WITH MINE. WE HAVE A NEW COMPUTER AND THAT BOX KEPT ON POPPING UP SAYING SOMETING ABOUT INTERACTIVE SERVICES AND SYSTEM32 AND SPOOL.EXE. I TALKED TO MICROSOFT AND DELL NO ONE WOULD HELP ME. DELL GAVE ME A BUNCH OF BULL LIKE I WAS AN IDIOT ( SAYING MY COMPUTER WAS CORRUPT AND WAS GOING TO CRASH) AND SAID THAT I HAD TO PAY THEM TO FIX IT, TRYING TO TELL ME THAT THIS SOFTWARE WASNT UNDER WARRANTY… I ENDED UP REMOVING MY WEBROOT SPYSWEEPER AND IT WORKED. NOW IT’S COMING UP AGAIN,,,, I HAVENT INSTALLED ANYTHING BUT WINDOWS UPDATES. I TRIED TO STOP DOWNLOADING THEM AND THAT GAVE ERRORS… WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO NOW? I THINK THESE COMPANIES ARE FIXING THESE COMPUTERS TO DO THIS SO THEY CAN MAKE MORE MONEY OFF OF US TO FIX IT. WHY ELSE WOULD YOU NEED MORE UPDATES. I DONT SEE THAT DELL COMPUTER IN SPACE ON THE NASA CHANNEL DOING THIS CRAP…

  3. Just disable the service. I did and I have never had a problem since. I find no reason not to disable this service. You can find instructions on how to disable it above.

  4. Hi

    I get this problem and I clicked on details and it says Internet Explorer is the problem.

    I can’t delete this programme since I am using it right now!

    Does anyone know of a fix?

    Thanks,

    Mike

  5. I have found that this pops up in Windows 7 with our NEW version of Prism Patchlink software when asking users to reboot their computer. if we were to disable the option, then the machine would reboot without warning as they wouldn’t see the message. The previous version still popped up, but did not have the Interactive Services Detection warning, so may have been using it differently?

  6. I do a remote connection to w2k8 machine. I have started the Interactive Services Detection service. So whenever a popup appears it takes me to a different screen. The problem is when I say return from the new screen, it just disconnects the remote session. ( note it is not logging off the session, but only disconnects ). This forces me to again login to the remote machine which is anoying.

  7. My husband no longer has the problem. He took his HP laptop for a walk to the dump and purchased an Apple. He is now a happy, happy guy!!

  8. When I click “show the message” it goes to the gray desktop with a message saying “return to your desktop.” And advising that if a program wants to communicate with me it will show a message. But upon returning to my desktop, it never shows any message. This is reminiscent of the Homer Simpson ‘Everything’s OK’ alarm, constantly ringing as long as everything’s ok.

    very annoying.

  9. I try to run a program called RealVNC and also Mocha VNC. When I try to connect, I get that annoying message and then it asks if I want to let this “thing” connect. I say yes and it just leaves me at a blue with something that says “return me now”. When I return, the app on my touch cancels whatever I’m doing and sends a message saying host closed the session, even though I want the session open. does anyone know how to fix this? (I have a PC)

  10. Tanner… ive been using teamviewer for about a year now and i find it to be better then vnc.. it is also free for non commercial use.. hope this helps you

  11. this interactive service thing is a royal pain in the butt. I didn’t have it until today. what good does it do except to annoy people.

  12. I also received this wonderful service. It was NOT due to a virus, but was in response to my trying to load an old version of WinFax to send a simple fax. Like all older programs Vista complicates the simple. Long story short the program did not work, I uninstalled, but the memory lingers on. I continue to get the blank message every 5 minutes even though I removed the offending program. My punishment for not buying all new microsoft products I guess.

  13. Typical MS crap… we always need to find work arounds!!! I have a service running which i don’t want to disable. It runs an exe (eg : notepad.exe) but this appears in the Interactive Services Detection dialog to be viewed… how do a get any exe that the services runs to appear on the desktop and not on some separate desktop that has not interaction with running programs in the main desktop???

  14. I know something about this that you don’t. Like most of the stuff that microsoft has done since Windows 95. It SUCKS! Now I want to know once it starts this crap how to turn it off.

  15. Interactive servises is awsome because when i get on it theres always a site opened and i can get on youtube and watch videos and other stuff faster than ever with no viruses or all that stuff thats why i like it so much!!

  16. I have been trying to solve this problem I have with a Java server application made to run as aservice. The service is installed, configured as interactive and then started, the application works fine, just that it has to display a message in some cases. On Vista the Interactive Services Dialog Detection message does not popup. Instead, when I start a test interactive service (I configured and started Notepad as a service), and I go to session 0 desktop, I can see there along with Notepad my application’s message too.

    Is there a reason my application’s message box is not detected and I am unable to go to session 0 desktop and actually see it?

    Thanks for the help!

  17. I know it has been a SUPER LONG time since it was posted…since May of 2007, but thank you to ALAN… your solution was the most helpful to me!

  18. Was easy to disable i found. Just open start menu, search ‘services’, click the services thing that comes up with a little icon of the gears, scroll down to find ‘interactive services’, right click and press ‘stop’. Seems to have done the trick.

  19. I keep getting a notification in my menu bar that interactive services is not working. This renders my computer useless. I have to shut down by the powere button and restart in safe mode. Restart in regular mode from safe mode- then my compter works until the next time I shut down and re-open Vista. This only started happening after the last batch of Vista updates the first week in Dec 2011.
    Microsoft has been totally useless in helping me.

  20. Hi,
    It very easy stopping with this behavior.

    When the pop up window appears, just press “return”.
    Then you’ll be asked if you want to be advised latter.

    In the bottom of that window you’ll find a “more information” button.
    Press it and you’ll have a resume of what’s causing that behavior, such as file name and path.
    After you had identified the file it’s easy to know if it’s safe or not, if you can stop it, if it’s part of a program you had recentely installed, or some other thing you don’t know.

    By using Task Manager, you’ll be able to stop the file (exe) that’s causing it.

  21. Thanks for explaining how to disable it Alan, the interactive services popup has been coming up about every 10 minutes for the past month….it was so annoying!

  22. I hope there is someone out there.

    I have been having an “Interactive Services dialog dectection” thing that pops up, all the time. I don’t know how to get rid of it and I do not want to disable it. I am not computer savvy, so please speak childess for me. Hehe.

    I have the entire process of button pushing and what the various boxes say, so ask me anything. I have shut my computer down, it has gone down on me, and I have left it asleep. The message is still there.

    Any suggestions will help.

    Thanks

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