I am also curious about this. I have a computer running windows server 2003 and would like to run an irc bot. i tried using instsrv with srvany. it starts the service and doesn't report any error, but since there is no visible version of mirc, i can't tell what happens and i never see it connect to the server. i've tried configuring it so that it automatically joins the server and channel via command line, scripts, and mirc.ini. none of those work. anyways, if anyone has an idea please share. thanks.