I have carried out a fair share of SharePoint 2007/2010 installations over the years, but always in Farm mode, never in stand-alone mode. As our main database server is not yet upgraded to a version of SQL Server that is compatible with SP2013, I carried out several SP2013 test installations in stand-alone mode on a domain joined Windows Server 2012 system. One of the things I noticed is that when I do this the "SharePoint Administration" Windows Service is never started automatically and is set to "Manual start-up". All other SharePoint services are set to Automatic and start up without error.
The problem is recurring and happens every time I deploy SharePoint 2013 in stand alone mode. I have not tried a 'Farm' deployment yet.
So, my question is this: Is this a side effect of running in stand-alone mode, or is this something that has changed in SharePoint 2013? If it is the latter, why has this change been made as it affects the deployment of WSP files.
Update: I have to care about this as we develop commercial SharePoint software. It is an easy fix on our own test system, but we need to know what to expect on our customer's systems.