Avail Ultimate Guide For Interactive Services Detection On Windows 7 And Windows 10 OS

Services and system processes are known to run in session 0. But, succeeding Vista introduced session 0 isolation, which was designed to protect services from the elevation of privilege escapades. All these generally came forward through the console desktop. Nowadays, user’s desktop runs in session 1, and this why here Interactive Services Detection comes to play a crucial role.  

Now, you must be enquiring what is this Interactive Services Detection. Well, it is a feature for legacy applications, whose primary function is to detect the service that is trying to interact with the Windows desktop. This whole process is monitored through the Interactive Services Detection (UI0Detect) services.

UI0Detect.exe file, a software component of Microsoft Windows, where UI0Detect stands for User Interactive Session0 Detect. In other words, it is a Windows core system file that is not visible and is able to monitor applications. But, still, the rating which is based on technical security says that it is 3% dangerous.

However, the problem may arise as most of the .exe executable files are camouflaged by a virus. So, read below to decide for yourself whether the files that are attached to the OS is Trojan that should be removed or a trusted application.

Vivid Insight on Interactive Services Detection Windows 10 /7

Windows device comes along with a safe environment where each and every application are supposed to present the user with a dialogue box. This means it is there to help the user to interact with the device. This Interactive Services Detection service is usually set to start “manually”, thus its behavior depends on the bits that your system prefers. This setup means the service won’t start automatically when the system boots.

The Function of Interactive Services Detection Feature

Here, you will get to understand why it is important for the service to keep running, so follow the highlighted pointed mentioned below:

  • On a 32-bit version of Windows:

Here the OS will detect the desktop interaction and automatically start the UI0Detect service. After a while, you will note that the Taskbar button is getting highlighted.

  • On a 64-bit version of Windows:

In case, the service is based on 64-bit application, the OS will not start the UI0Detect service automatically. But instead, service that is trying to interact with the desktop might try to stop the desktop from carrying out its usual processes. WOW64 will commence the UI0Detect service. You will also note the mitigation if getting monitored properly.

If you are looking for reasons why this happens, then the answer is: WOW64 environment tries to behave as close to native 32-bit as possible, which also includes the mitigations.

Technical Glitches associated with Interactive Services Detection Feature:

Interactive Services Detection is the display name and the service name is UI0Detect. The path to the executable is C:\Windows\system32\UI0Detect.exe. If you stop it, then notifications of new Interactive Service dialogue will no longer function. Further, you might not get any access to the Interactive Service dialogue box. If you disable the service, then both notifications, as well as access to new interactive service dialogue box, will longer be visible and functional.

However, this feature can also fall prey to technical glitches. The major issues have two root causes: Remote desktop services and/or Fast user switching. So, if you are able to fix these two underlying causative factors, then you can also resolve several other technical glitches which were not known to you before.

When a service keeps running in the background, Windows throw an Interactive Services Detection dialogue box, which generally recurs within an interval of 5 minutes. Sometimes, it disappears even before you are able to read what it says. This is indeed annoying as it can stop you from whatever you were working on. To end this disturbing situation, you need to get to the root cause and eliminate them at the earliest.

How to Fix Error Connected with Interactive Services Detection Feature?

Generally, after installing PGP Desktop 10.0.2 on a 64-bit Windows 7 system, you need to restart the system. As soon as the device starts you will get a Windows pop up notification with a message :

“Interactive Services Detection – A program running on this computer is trying to display a message”. If you click “View the message”, the screen blinks and further takes you back to a blank desktop displaying various other dialogue boxes. This further prevents PGP Tray from running properly and as a result, the PGP Desktop fails to open.

Now, this situation demands you to disable the Interactive Services Detection. You can now easily disable the feature by modifying the services on a Windows device. The process becomes easier to configure if you are operating through Windows 7 or 10 OS.

Note: When Interactive Services is disabled it is for all services. So, before proceeding, you must ensure the fact that whether you really want to carry out the process or not. Because there are other services running that might need to be monitored for errors.

Here in this section, you get the proper guide on how to proceed with the steps. The steps can be applied of both Windows 7 as well as for Windows 10 OS, so have a look:

Disable Interactive Services Detection through Control Panel:

First, go to the start menu and click on Control Panel. When a list of option appears, double-click on Administrative Tools and try to locate the Services option. As soon as you click on Service, a window opens and there you have to scroll down to get to the Interactive Services Detection menu.

Now, click on the General tab and change the Startup Type from “Manual” or “Disabled”. Finally, hit the OK button and then restart the computer. This will allow the system to incorporate the latest changes and additionally will also resolve the error associated with the Interactive Services Detection feature.

Disable Interactive Services Detection through Run Command Box:

This is an alternative method, that can also help you to disable the service effectively. Use the keyboard shortcuts Windows key + R to get to the Run dialogue box. Hold down the keys and when a blank dialog box appears type “services.msc” and then hit the Enter key to execute the command.

A UAC warning message will appear on the screen, click on the YES button, beneath the notification. A window with a list of services that are running on the device will appear. Locate and double-click on the Interactive Services Detection option. Now, you can easily find it under the Name column. Interactive Services Detection Properties window will appear, and next to the “Startup type:” option select Disabled from the drop-down menu. Finally, close the window by clicking on OK.

Disable Interactive Services Detection through Command Prompt:

You can also use the Command Prompt, to disable the service, simply type ‘cmd’ in the blank dialogue box and right-click on the same file from the list. Run the file as Administrator and after clicking on the UAC warning message. Type in the command and hit the Enter key: REG add “HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\UI0Detect” /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 4 /f”.

Restart the computer and test whether you are still receiving any dialogue boxes associated with Interactive Services.

Alternative Wayout:

Additionally, you can also uninstall the software triggering the Interactive Services Detection, if you want a permanent solution. Further, if you are still stuck with the problem, then you need to disable any third party application, that might be conflicting with the process.

If you still face the problem, then go for System Restoration. If you are not sure whether the recent windows update is the primary factor behind the error, then it is recommended to restore the system settings to a previous date when there was no issue. The only requirement for this process is to have a System Restore point that was previously created. If you want to get to the steps, then follow the points mentioned below:

  • Close all the applications and save the changes. Now, hold down the Windows Key and press R to launch the Run dialogue box.
  • Following this step, in the blank space type “rstrui.exe – And” and hit the OK button. Now, verify if there is any Restore Point that was created prior to the date when the system was functioning without any glitches. If this restore point is available, click on it and choose the Next button.
  • Another way around, you can also check the box next to the label “Show More Restore Points”.  This will help you to get to a list of all the points that were once created. Make your choice and select the Restore point. This will help to resolve all errors associated with Interactive Services Detection Windows 7 as well as 10 effectively.

The bonus point of applying this method is that restoration does not affect the data or files associated with the system. It only modifies the programs and updates that are triggering the issue.


The detailed guide regarding “what is Interactive Services Detection  will help you to understand the necessity of the feature. Further, you can easily distinguish whether the feature is a bug or an important application. You do not need to be a person from the technical domain, this guide is more than easy to follow.

Adding to all these, if certain technical breaches get triggered through this service and its processes, then you can easily combat the error by employing the steps listed above. It is also to notify you that Windows OS comes along with a few in-built troubleshooting tools. You can easily run any of them to eliminate the minor flaws.

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Nathaniel Villa
Nathaniel Villa