Computer Support Forum

Task scheduler windows 10: how to change the default user?

Question: Task scheduler windows 10: how to change the default user?

When I edit a task I already created (like the one in the print screen), and press ok, it set a wrong user (it sometimes set it as "medium mandatory level", and the task won't run until I set the user as "Me-PC\Me"

Where can I set the default account for the task to "Me-PC\Me" ?

* (by the way for some reason using just "Me" doesn't work as if Me and "Me-PC\Me" are 2 different users. For the tasks which require entering the password "Me" doesn't accept the password )

More replies
Relevance 100%
Preferred Solution: Task scheduler windows 10: how to change the default user?

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Relevance 94.71%

Taken from this ( article:
"By default, the user is considered absent after four minutes of no keyboard or mouse input."
I find it interesting that it mentions this setting is "by default".  Is it possible to change that value?  Since the "Start the task only if the computer is idle for:" condition is apparently broken in 8.1, I would find this
setting to be a nice alternative to being able to customize the amount of time to wait before executing a task.

More replies
Relevance 89.38%

Anybody can help with this dead simple question? - I don't want to "enable all"

More replies
Relevance 85.69%

I am having problems with Windows Upgrade installing update files (eg, daily Windows Defender updates). The primary concern is an inability of the PC to 'install' new updates after automatically downloading the updates online.

The Task Scheduler "Tab" settings I am asking for are:

Task Scheduler/Windows Update/AU Session Connect/: what are your working settings for *Triggers, *Actions, and *Settings tabs.Task Scheduler/Windows Update/AU Firmware Install/: working settings for the *Conditions - and *Settings tabs.Task Scheduler/Windows Update/Scheduled Start: *Triggers, *Actions, *Conditions, and *Settings

bfb NOTE: Windows Update Folder is at the bottom of the list of Folders on the left of the picture.

thank you in advance

Answer:NEED W8.o Task Scheduler/Windows Update Default Settings

anyone ?

1 more replies
Relevance 84.87%

Can anyone tell me who/what is the default user account used in the Windows Time Synchronisation task?
I altered mine and forgot what the original was. I doubt it matters much but just in case.......... ;-)

Answer:Default Windows Time Sych Settings In Task Scheduler?

I'm presuming it's LOCAL SERVICE, that's how mine's set up and I've never altered it. I'll have to check in W7 as well and see what it says.
Yep, same in Windows 7.

3 more replies
Relevance 83.64%

I have a exe fil created in visual studio 2013 which does requires one parameter to execute. I want to run it at 02:00 PM on daily when user logged on/off through the windows task scheduler. I followed below steps to schedule a exe to run it through
windows task scheduler.

Step1: Created new task with name "Billing Update" ,and i have set it with option shown below run whether user logged on or not.

Step 2: Set up trigger option to run exe on daily at 02:00 PM.

Step 3: Set up Action tab to select Billing.exe with arguments 2015.

Step 4 : I clicked on the ok button it asked me for the user name ,password to run the exe under condition of whether user logged on or not. I
did set it with appropriate credentials and hit with the ok .

When i logged of to see the execution of program it did not worked.

I checked with the below possible conditions to run the program.
1. I ran the program with setting Option->Run only when user logged on. (Output Result-Program worked)
2. I ran the Notepad.exe program with setting Option->Run whether user logged on or not. (Output Result-Program failed)
2. I have checked for securities required to assign the Users and Groups on General->Change User Or Groups for this i have given full access to D:\Billing.exe program using security (Output Result-Program failed).

I have googled out for the possible solution but did not get appropriate one ,Why does task scheduler does not run the program when i... Read more

More replies
Relevance 80.77%

My issue is kind of strange. I am an insider currently on Windows 10 build 10240. All the build I have tried so far has this same error in task scheduler when I change my time zone to my current location which is kathmandu (UTC+5:45). When i change the time zone to the aforementioned time zone and then check on Task Scheduler, when it loads the task library there are a lot of errors I have to click ok to make them go away. It says the task name and then goes on to say the task XML value is incorrectly formatted or out of range. It happens for every single task. so basically I have to click on ok for 8 to 10 times.
The most weird part is that if i change the time zone to some other time zones eg., U.S pacific time, the error in task scheduler goes away and all is normal. I am also using windows 8.1 and this type of error has never occurred. It happens in windows 10 only for every build. Its strange googling it has given me nothing related to time zone issue. But it happens only when i change my time zone. I have tried to change time zones to few other zones as well. Some of the time zones give me this issue and some don't. I am pretty sure this time zone error related in task scheduler is new and requires further debugging. I have even sent feedback to microsoft ever since build 10030, but all to no avail. Any thoughts on this one?

Answer:Time Zone change causes error in Task Scheduler for every task


5 more replies
Relevance 80.36%

Trying to run a simple batch file that connects to network drives. I need this batch to run as system user in order for my CrashPlan application to back up the contents. I cannot just map the drives normally. (see info here: recipe:back_up_windows_mapped_drives [CrashPlan Support Site] )Batch file contents:net use S: \\\net use r: \\\The problem I am having is that the task works fine and runs the batch file if I have set the user as my local user account. However, this will not work with CrashPlan so I have to run the task as SYSTEM. When I run the task as system the task does not work. This is the last status in the task history.- <Event xmlns="">- <System>
<Provider Name="Microsoft-Windows-TaskScheduler" Guid="{DE7B24EA-73C8-4A09-985D-5BDADCFA9017}" /> 
<TimeCreated SystemTime="2013-08-16T23:16:42.593507300Z" /> 
<Correlation ActivityID="{29401120-CAB6-4600-B285-925DF0193838}" /> 
<Execution ProcessID="724" ThreadID="2880" /> 
<Computer>jeff</Comp... Read more

More replies
Relevance 80.36%

I want to setting the task-scheduler, that will fire when the user on server is log off.
I have don with
 1. login ,  2. On Connection to user session  3. On disconnect from user session
but I cant find any with " logoff " 
Please guide 

More replies
Relevance 80.36%
Answer:Task Scheduler task won't start if user is SYSTEM

I don't see how in blazes anyone can boot to any user named "System" - Cos it is either your User name or Administrator. So ya want this deleted? I'll ask.

1 more replies
Relevance 79.95%

I have a simple task (cmd batch file). Whenever I try to change the settings I get a dialog box that reads as follows:"An error has occurred for task RemoteBk. Error message: The following error was reported: 2147944309".

My computer is part of a domain.

Answer:Task Scheduler error 2147944309 when I change task from

Are you logged into the resource?

5 more replies
Relevance 78.31%

never mind

Answer:Need default Task Scheduler files

Just do a System Restore to before you did this.

1 more replies
Relevance 77.49%

I keep my printer heads clear by printing out two pages of color and black ink inside Task Scheduler. Now I have more than one printer and I need to do the same for that as well, and I can't get it to work? I want both printers to printout the same pics? It works fine with the default printer, but the second printer I can't get it to work?


Add arguments (optional):
/p J:\Users\Darryl\Pictures\test_print_page2-cmyk.gif

Answer:Selecting the non default printer in Task Scheduler?

Can't you get to it via Devices and Printers in Start ??

3 more replies
Relevance 77.49%


i installed synchbackpro , and creating a schedule it pops up this windows
well i clicked yes , in short remove restriction

how can i re-enable this restriction ?
i mean i want to have windows task scheduler like before


Answer:how can i set task scheduler like default ? password restriction

Hiyya drugo mate personally I don't like this sort of aftermarket stuff but you might look in here

2BrightSparks | Support | Tutorials and Guides

9 more replies
Relevance 76.26%

Hi all!
I need help in task scheduler!
Basically I have an excel (that is parked in a shared drive) which send out emails whenever its open and I want it to be opened (then saved and closed) during weekends as well when no one is in the office. I tried using task scheduler and it works when settings
are "run only when user is logged on" but when it is "run whether user is logged in or not", it wont work. I need it to be in that setting as no one will be in the office to log in to the user account. I saw related threads which suggest
running a batch file, but having no basic knowledge on such stuff (the excel was done by someone else), its giving me a big headache on how to resolve this problem. 
Also, I need microsoft outlook to be started up before the excel, though I assume it can be performed together, as long as the "run whether user is logged in or not" hurdle is overcame. 

More replies
Relevance 75.44%

I am customising the default user profile in windows 7 so when a new user creates a profile they have a slightly different UI than the standard one. I am planning to implement the changes through group policy editor and have had some success with this already.

However I am struggling to move the default position of the taskbar to the right hand side of the screen. Is it possible to do this through regedit or group policy editor and any other method (although I would prefer to do this manually or without third party software if at all possible)? I know the new user is able to move the taskbar themselves once the profile has been created, however I want it to be on the right hand side as default.

Any help/advice would be great!

Answer:Change the default position of the task bar in Windows 7

This is how you do it,

Right click on the taskbar, and make sure the option that says 'lock the taskbar' is un-checked,


Drag it to the side you want, (i've done it to the left-side)

And finally,

Enjoy your taskbar!

Hope this helps,

P.S: Reply if this helped!

8 more replies
Relevance 75.44%

My Dell Inspiron 510m has just started giving a "some scheduled tasks did not execute" message most times I boot up or wake it after hibernating. The only task is "user feeds synchronisation" i.e msfeedssync.exe, although it doesn't show as "missed" in Scheduled Tasks. It's schedule is set for "Every 5 minutes from 17.33 for 387 minutes on dd/mm/yyyy" where dd/mm/yyyy always appears as today's date. Surely this means it will always try to run when the PC is off? Yet I've never added or changed any scheduled tasks and it never did this before.

Windows XP Home Edition v2002 SP2, AVG Free

The recent entries on the sched tasks log are:

"Task Scheduler Service"
Started at 27/01/2008 15:06:03
"Task Scheduler Service"
Some tasks may not have executed at their scheduled times between 27/01/2008 10:51:01 and 28/01/2008 16:47:59, either because the Task Scheduler Service was not running, or because the computer was hibernating.
"User_Feed_Synchronization-{4C56C151-EFE5-4FFD-ADC9-E9E7E413CD6D}.job" (msfeedssync.exe)
Started 28/01/2008 16:52:00
"User_Feed_Synchronization-{4C56C151-EFE5-4FFD-ADC9-E9E7E413CD6D}.job" (msfeedssync.exe)
Finished 28/01/2008 16:52:19
Result: The task completed with an exit code of (0).
"User_Feed_Synchronization-{4C56C151-EFE5-4FFD-ADC9-E9E7E413CD6D}.job" (msfeedssync.exe)
Started 28/01/2008 17:07:00
"User_Feed_Synchronization-{4C56C151-EFE5-4F... Read more

More replies
Relevance 75.44%

I'm having a problem with scheduling a task in Windows 7 Home Premium.  I have been having problems getting tasks to launch appropriately, so I set up a basic task as a test.  I set it to open Calculator at a specific time.  I then added options one at a time until I got the same failure to launch that I was getting on my previous tasks.  The Calculator test task works as long as it is set for "Run only when user is logged on."  As soon as I change the option to "Run whether user is logged on or not", the task fails to launch the application.  The task starts (the status says "Running") but Calculator does not start up.  I did not change any other option.  This happens whether "Do not store password" is checked or not.  Why would the "Run whether the user is logged on or not" option cause the task to fail?  Is there a way to fix this?  Thanks, LDL

Answer:Task Scheduler Problem (run whether user is logged on or not)

There is some pertinent info for your issue in the Task Security Context topic in the Scheduler help file...Specifically, it says, " the radio button labeled Run whether user is logged on or not. If this radio button is selected, tasks will not run interactively.  To make a task run interactively, select the Run only when user is logged on radio button."I guess the concept here is that a task requiring a user interface is simply not going to be allowed to present that user interface to a different user (or to someone passing by the computer when no user is logged-on).That's probably not the answer you wanted, but it's possible that you don't actually NEED a user interface, and if so your testing methodolgy is a bit flawed.  Instead of trying to bring up Calculator, try making a small batch file that echoes a message into a log file.I know I run backup batch files on a schedule, with a command line interface (and output redirected to a file).  It never pops up any kind of window, but it always runs.-Noel

34 more replies
Relevance 75.44%

Recently I had some discussions about the Task Scheduler.

I was directed to Brink's tutorial about the subject.

Task Scheduler - Create New Task

I want my PC to wake up at a certain time (once per week), just before AVG is scheduled to do its virus scan.
I created a task which is supposed wake the PC and display a message.
My PC is set to go to sleep after 2 hours, so I set the wake up time to ~5 minutes before AVG is supposed to do its scan & get its updates.
AVG is not performing its scan (it won't scan if the PC is asleep).
I know that the AVG scan works, because if the computer isn't asleep, the scan runs.
I was expecting the "display a message" task to bring up a dialogue box (with an OK button to dismiss it).
I don't see any messages when I log in to my account.
I followed the tutorial and according to the Task Scheduler history the task runs (the task is supposed to run for 2 hours and then be terminated).
It seems like the task runs, wakes the PC, displays the message and then immediately goes back to sleep (I can't confirm this as I am generally not up at 4:00 am).

In build 7100 I tried the same thing.
The task didn't run but gave a gibberish error message - 0x00blahblah.
I am pretty sure that I had used the same steps outlined in the tutorial on build 7100 anyway - I used the wizard and then went back and entered my password.
I got around the problem by creating a task to run a program.

When I trie... Read more

Answer:Task Scheduler or Idiot User Problem?

Hello Lehnerus,

You would need to change how long Windows 7 will wait to go back to sleep mode automatically after waking up unattended (no activity made by the actual user) and idle. The default time is only 120 seconds (2 minutes), so you would need to set this for how long it may take for the program to run instead. The tutorial below can help show you how to. It will be the same in Windows 7.

Sleep Return Timeout for Unattended Wake Up - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,

8 more replies
Relevance 75.44%

My laptop turned on this morning before I was awake. It stayed on at least long enough for some emails to download.According to Task Scheduler, User log on (and no other task) occurred. I'm sure that no one physically opened the laptop and entered the password.Have I been hacked?Thanks.

Answer:Task Scheduler shows User log on -- but I didn't log on

Hello and welcome to Computer Hope Forum. My name is Dave. I will be helping you out with your particular problem on your computer. 1. I will be working on your Malware issues. This may or may not solve other issues you have with your machine.2. The fixes are specific to your problem and should only be used for this issue on this machine.3. If you don't know or understand something, please don't hesitate to ask.4. Please DO NOT run any other tools or scans while I am helping you.5. It is important that you reply to this thread. Do not start a new topic.6. Your security programs may give warnings for some of the tools I will ask you to use. Be assured, any links I give are safe.7. Absence of symptoms does not mean that everything is clear.If you can't access the internet with your infected computer you will have to download and transfer any programs to the computer you're using now and transfer them to the infected computer with a CD-RW or a USB storage device. I prefer a CD because a storage device can get infected. If you use a storage device hold the shift key down while inserting the USB storage device for about 10 secs. You will also have to transfer the logs you receive back to the good computer using the same method until we can get the computer back on-line. *************************************************************************That is unusual. Let's run some scans just to make sure.Please download AdwCleaner by Xplode onto your Desktop.Befor... Read more

11 more replies
Relevance 74.21%


I want to know if it's possible to get the task scheduler to run when an app runs. So far I haven't found a way to do it.

Although I'd like to know how to do this anyway the pressing concern is that one of my apps is changing the time zone everytime I run it.

I have a powershell script which checks that my time zone is correct and if not resets it. But the trigger is the problem. I don't know how to get the trigger to recognise this change and would like some advise as to how I can detect the change (what event am I looking for?)

Alternatively as mentioned above how can I detect the application running and change it. The event 'application' doesn't seem to do it and has only a select bunch of choices non of which seem appropriate.

Maybe what I am trying to do is not possible?

More replies
Relevance 74.21%

I had two user setups on my netbook, my main one and a work one. I had trouble upgrading to Windows 10 so my partner fiddled and sorted it out. Unfortunately he did it in my 'work' user profile. I only use this for a separate iTunes account for my work iPad.
My other profile had everything and is still listed under 'Family & other users' as an administrator also but I want to make that my main/default user. I've had a look but I don't know enough to change default log in user. Is this possible? If yes, I would be very very grateful for help sorting this out please.

More replies
Relevance 73.8%

We have several machines here where a standard login is used for test subjects to run the MATLAB application, however the application needs to be run as an administrator. I am not willing to include the admin credentials in the shortcut to launch, but I
did find an alternative that seems promising - however there seems to be something missing.
(For reference, this is my source:
Attempt #1:  I logged onto the computer as a standard test user. I launched Task Scheduler and created a new task with the following settings:
Security Options - I used my own (administrative) user account here, and set to "Run whether user is logged on or not". I checked the box for Run with highest privileges, and then Configure for Windows 7 etc.
On the Actions tab, I created a new action to Start a Program, and chose the executable for that problem (for my test, I chose the CMD.EXE file since I could easily see if it worked, if it showed as Administrative User).  
Finally, under Settings I made sure to check Allow Task to be Run on Demand, and "Do not start a new instance".
When I attempted to save this task, it brought my username up (as it should), but it did not accept my password. Instead it told me that "either the user name is incorrect, the password is incorrect, or the account does not have permission.."  
... Read more

More replies
Relevance 73.39%

How do I change the default windows LOGON name in Windows XP Home, SP3? I tried going to the registry to HKLM, then software, microsoft, windowsNT, current version, winlogon, then modified the data in both the strings "AltDefaultUserName" and "DefaultUserName". It worked fine after the first reboot, but went back to the old name after the second restart.

Answer:Solved: How to change the default windows user name?

Start, Control Panel, User Accounts. You should be able to modify whatever preferences you want in there.

2 more replies
Relevance 70.11%

I?ve just noticed that Task Scheduler is showing a task that I didn?t consciously set up.This is ?Tune-up Application Start? and is driven by walign.exe in the Windows\System directory.I can?t find out what this does, but before I disable it, could anyone help me to understand what it is? If it's doing something useful without taking up resources, I'll leave it alone.

Answer:Windows 98SE - Task scheduler unknown task

Tip #219: What Is "Tune Up Application Start"?If you use Windows 98, you may discover a Task Scheduler item called "Tune-up Application Start." What's that all about? Relax. You're not infected with a virus, and this small utility should have positive effects on performance.Windows 98 uses a program called Walign.exe to physically rearrange the code for Office 95 and Office 97 program files so that it fits perfectly in your disk cache. A different program, called Winalign.exe, does the same job for other programs. (It's available only as part of the expensive Windows 98 Resource Kit.) The effect -- at least on older computers -- is to reduce the time it takes to load big programs. The built-in Windows defragmenter and Norton's SpeedDisk expand the capabilities of WinAlign by monitoring the programs you use most frequently and aligning them automatically as part of the defragmentation process.A Microsoft Knowledge Base article, "Description of the Walign.exe and Winalign.exe Tools", explains how these utilities work.Don't expect miracles from Walign, especially if you've got an up-to-date PC. This utility was originally designed for use in an era when 32MB was a lot of RAM. If you have more than 64MB of RAM and a fast CPU, the difference will be barely noticeable. In addition, newer programs like Windows 2000 are already "aligned," eliminating the need for Walign.exe. If you use Windows Me, the Walign.exe program is still in the Windows\System folder, but it doesn't run automa... Read more

2 more replies
Relevance 68.88%

Firstly, I'd like to thank you for taking your time and reading this.

Now, let's talk about the issue that's driving me loco.

I scheduled a task for my computer to shut itself down at 1 AM, I was tired, I can't remember if I ticked "do this daily" or not, but it does this every day and for no actual reason, it's unscrewing my bolts.

I used to remember how to set up tasks with the command.exe and how to remove 'em n'all, but I can't remember how to do any of that anymore.

-Please- tell me how I can get the list of scheduled tasks up in cmd and how to delete one of 'em, or how to delete a task that you've made in Win 7 Task Scheduler.

Thank you for your time.

Answer:How do I disable a task in the windows 7 Task Scheduler?

Fixed it. I was actin' blind and didn't notice it under the library, sorry for taking up space.

1 more replies
Relevance 66.83%

I have a task that launches a very simple command line script to lock the computer if it's been idle for 15 minutes.

I can click run and it activates without problem.

If I let it sit for 15 minutes it transitions from the "ready" state to the "queued" state and the history indicates that the task trigger was engaged and the task was queued.

The behavior is identical to a trigger based on a set time, and appears identically in the history, except that for some reason it queues and does not launch in idle, and will launch successfully with all other trigger combinations.

More replies
Relevance 66.83%

When I start the Task Scheduler I get first: Task SYSYSTEMTOOLSDAILYTEST: The task image is corrupt or has been tampered with. That's followed by 13 more like HotStart and WinSat. It did include ScheduledDefrag but when I opened Defrag it said that another app had set it up but I could change that. I did and now that one error doesn't pop up anymore. I have never used the Task Scheduler.
There are 4 of them that are under the SideShow feature which I didn't even know what it was till I searched for it. I don't even use it. All errors are from Windows created tasks or from the OEM installed OS on a Dell PC.
The Task Scheduler does open up after I click on all the errores that pop up but none of named errors have a listed task. Looking in the Task folder, the dates of problem folders or files all but one have a date when I performed a W7 repair/update to refresh system files from a borrowed W7 DVD. This finally allowed me to install the SP1 update.
SFC finds no problems. Is there a way to reinstall the default Windows task images? In a search of problem, one post stated that there is no way to reinstall the task scheduler. Some stated to delete the problem images but these are default images not anything that I created besdies they aren't listed, they are missing from the tasks.

Answer:Task Scheduler Problem: Task SYSYSTEMTOOLSDAILYTEST: The task image is corrupt

Originally Posted by L.W Try this and see if any of these might help: TaskBackgroundConfigSurveyor: The task image is damaged
Taken from Microsoft's Technet Forum:
From a Vista posting but it hasn't changed from Vista to 7.
Hope this helps,
Lee Aside from from checking that the Task Scheduler is running in auto which it is, SFC and CHKDSK has been tried. The registry location contains nothing but numbered tasks or no simple names. My problem tasks aren't corrupt, they are missing from the Task Scheduler List but are in the Task folder. The question I guess is, how do you rebuild them or add them? I have no errors during normal day to day use only if I open the Task Scheduler.

9 more replies
Relevance 66.83%

The title above says it all. The info following gives greater detail about what issues I am facing.
I set up two alarms using task scheduler. There are problems with each of them. One was set up to awake me at 5 am. This proved to be two early. Then when time changed, it became worse, now awakens me at 4 am with a most jarring musical piece. The other
was to go off at 7:30 to alert me of an upcoming 8 am class. It is going off at 8 pm instead. I need to change these. Or at least get rid of them and start again.
In task scheduler I was able to set these up. But am unable to view, alter nor even delete existing alarms.
I found the following advice on this forum under Cannot find anything called "group policy". Tried to run
gpmc.msc and got "no items match your search".

More replies
Relevance 66.42%

Windows 7 Task Manager has animations that are normally green.
Here is a simple application that allows you to change the colour of these animations to any of the following colours: BLUE, RED,YELLOW,PURPLE,or WHITE.

This will allow your Task Manager to blend in nicely with any theme you may have applied.
Change default green color in Windows 7 Task Manager | The Windows Club

Task Manager Mods


Answer:Change the default colour of Task Manager

Cool, Good find.

3 more replies
Relevance 66.01%


I have searched the web WITH NO SUCCESS.

I have been successful in creating and running tasks ONLY when the parameter
"Run only when user is logged on" is set.

Completely UNSUCCESSFUL when I set the parameter
"Run whether user is logged on or not"

with or without setting the parameter.
"Do not store password. The task will only have access to local resources""

I have admin rights. I created the task. I set the "Run with highest privileges"

What seems to happen (When I run on demand) : The task gets a process ID and thats it, nothing else. No other events occur. I have to end the task.

Task Scheduler launch task "\Test\test55" , instance "C:\Windows.old\Windows\notepad.exe" with process ID 3096.

I have several users sharing the computer. I want to be able to schedule a job and have it run at night after all the potential users have logged off.

Any help would be appreciated.


More replies
Relevance 65.6%

Word 2003
Is it possible to change the default view in the taskpane to a view of Styles & Formatting, such that when I open a document, the taskpane shows the styles and formatting instead?

Answer:Solved: Change default view of task pane?

Open Word.
Hit Alt + F11.
Click the folders on the left until you see ThisDocument under Normal.
Double-click ThisDocument so you see a window at right.
Paste the following code:
Option Explicit

Private Sub Document_New()
Application.TaskPanes(wdTaskPaneFormatting).Visible = True
End Sub

Private Sub Document_Open()
Application.TaskPanes(wdTaskPaneFormatting).Visible = True
End Sub
Hit the SAVE diskette.
Close the VB Editor window.
Close Word.
Launch Word or open a document.... to test.

3 more replies
Relevance 65.6%

Hello chaps,

I love task view (the thing which happens when you Win-Tab). On previous versions of windows I used a 3rd party app to perform a similar function, but now that it is baked into windows I'd like to use the official method.

The problem is that I have previously triggered it by a pressing a special key on my mouse- which triggers a specific keyboard shortcut. Now unfortunately I am unable to tell my mouse software to trigger Win-Tab when I press this key. I imagine this is because the Windows key is a special key which only the OS can recognise, not other programs- am I right in this?

Given this, the only way I can trigger task view via a mouse click is changing the required shortcut. Is this possible? Perhaps via the registry?


More replies
Relevance 65.6%

passwords being changed

Answer:should i change the default user name? above link should help you.Some HELP in posting on plus free progs and instructions Cheers

2 more replies
Relevance 65.6%


my system is a fully patched win xp sp2 with 2 User accounts (admin and limited). I am running Spybot s&d with tea timer on. Everything has been running smoothly. Yesterday I took some adminstrative action (index.dat suite, deletion of cookies etc) after that tea timer gives a warning "Win Logon, Default User name has been changed from Admin to Limited and back" every time I switch between my accounts. Is this regular xp behavior or did some setting got messed up? I am not using "autoadminlogon" and haven't messed with the winlogon registry entry in any way. At least I think.

Any ideas appreciated. It is quite annoying to have these pop ups every time I change accounts.

Answer:Default User Name Change

7 more replies
Relevance 65.6%

I have set up my partners computer with two users - Admin and one for her. She has a habit of turning the computer on and going away for some time (an hour or so) while it boots up. She tells me that sometimes, when she gets back to the computer, it has booted into the Admin user (I do not password protect that user). I cannot understand how that happens, except I have noticed that this user is the default user in that there is a box around it and just pressing Return takes it system into that user profile.

So, my questions are:

1. Is it possible that, after some time waiting for a user selection, the machine adopts the 'default' user? Everything I know suggests not

2. Is there a way of changing the 'default' user? It may be that she presses Return to turn the screen on after leaving it, and by so doing selects the Admin user

I realise I can password protect the Admin user, and that would solve the problem, but I would really like to understand what is going on

Answer:Default User Change

Hello John,

I suppose this could be from her being logged into the Admin account and put the PC to sleep. If it is from a cold boot, then she may have press Enter/Return at the right time to basically select the Admin account to log in to. The Admin account would be listed first by default since it's normally first alphabetically. Without a password, Windows would log right into it when selecting it.

One option would be to password protect the Admin account so that it cannot be logged in to by mistake. This would be the easiest option.

Another option would be to set Windows to require users to enter both a user name and password to log in instead of just selecting a user and entering that account's password. Log On with User Name and Password
Hope this helps,

3 more replies
Relevance 65.19%

I am attempting on my XP Pro SP3 PC to run 2 batch files.

Both batch files work perfectly by themselves running manually.

Yet for some reason when I schedule them at the same time 11:55PM the PC doesn't seem to start both of them.

Like it will start one but not the other, but which one actually runs is anybody's guesses. Like one day it ran script1 but not script2 and the other day the opposite.

Yet Task Scheduler claims it ran both but I can plainly see no DOS prompt or any file change on my drive.

My only option that I can see to run at slightly different times.

EDIT: Looks like it was refusing to work because it claims "Process is used by another process".

More replies
Relevance 65.19%

I have an application on a web server that occasionally hangs when a user tries to access and will eventually time out. A restart will fix the issue, but I wanted to put some sort of task in place that would automatically restart if it detected a lag/hang/timeout in the application as opposed to someone going into the web server and doing it manually.

Does anyone know how I could set this up using the windows task scheduler? I see a way to preform an action when a specific event is logged, but I'm not sure how to configure it to pick up on a specific application timing out/hanging.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Answer:Windows Task Scheduler

What webserver software? Is it a php application, or sort of plugin so a DLL? Please explain.

Waht fixes it, simply restarting webserver or the application?

9 more replies
Relevance 65.19%


I recently configured a task on windows task scheduler, to run a batch file on windows logon and when any network connection is done.

This batch file is a simple comand to connetc a VPN:
rasdial ConnectionName %username% %password%

But when i'm inside of CompanyInternalDomain (VPN Destination) the connection fails and DOS Windows never close.

Now i need to limitate that task to just run outside of CompanyInternalDomain.

Can anyone show me how to do it?


Answer:Windows Task Scheduler

Woow.. This is a wonderful Windows 7 forum..

Many thanks for the feedback..

3 more replies
Relevance 65.19%

I am using Win98SE. On the task bar there is an icon for Task Scheduler. I never use this facility and wish to remove the icon. Every attempt I make to remove the icon only lasts until I re-boot, when it re-appears. How do I make a permanent change? Can I disable Task Scheduler completely? All help gratefully received.

Answer:Windows Task Scheduler

Howdy helpless:

See if <a href="">this</a> link helps.

3 more replies
Relevance 65.19%

im running a personal web server on one of my comps and I would like to know if its possible to use windows task scheduler to run a php script that checks whether a registered users website is up and running smoothly or not, if not it sends them an email, and also tells them when their server comes back up.


Answer:Windows task scheduler

i guess no one knows about this?

1 more replies
Relevance 65.19%

I'm trying to run a task every 12 hours, but doesn't seem to work, keeps saying an instance of the task is already running but nothing happens, how do I run it every 12 hours?

Answer:Windows Task Scheduler

Is an instance of the task actually running? Check Task Manager to find out.

9 more replies
Relevance 65.19%

I was wondering is it possible to use Windows Scheduler to schedule a task that ends a program at a certain time/day?

For example, I windows to automatically close Outlook.exe (if it is running) at 5 PM everyday.

Answer:Windows scheduler, end task?

In general there are 2 ways to terminate a program:

1. If the program has a window you can send it a close message. The default action of the program would be to do a graceful shutdown. But some applications may ask for confirmation of the shutdown or for some associated action, such as saving any open files. Dealing with that in an automated function is very difficult. You would need special software to do this and I am not aware of any. I do know that it would be difficult to design such software to be both reliable and safe.

2. Terminate the process with "taskkill.exe" or similar command line utility. This is inherently unsafe. Assuming you have the necessary permissions this will terminate just about any process. This is essentially pulling the plug on a process, giving it no opportunity to update files, the registry, or in any way do an orderly shutdown. This can lead to data loss or corruption or a variety of other problems. This command is not recommended for general use.

Unless the programs you wish to terminate have a feature to do this, I don't see any reliable and safe way to do what you want.

3 more replies
Relevance 65.19%

Can someone walk me through how to schedule a task? I can't figure out how to get the program to do anything except just open at a certain time. I want the program to perform a certain action. When I set up my task in the scheduler all it lets me do is click on the program and set a time. All that is going to do it make the program open up, right? I need to go beyond that. Is that possible?

Answer:windows task scheduler

What do you actually want to achieve?

2 more replies
Relevance 65.19%

I use Malwarebytes (Free) to check for malware regularly and lately it runs very frequent scans and produces a log file which states that there are no instants of malware. I have not intentionally programmed any frequent scan schedule. I have tried uninstalling Malwarebytes and reinstalling the program but after a short period I get the same problem - lots of instances of scans and log files.

I looked at Task Scheduler to see if there were any tasks that would produce this odd behavior but nothing was obvious. However there were many scheduled tasks that I could not understand as they were of the form shown in the attachment. Can anyone show me how to interpret these scheduled tasks or fix the problem I have with Malwarebytes?

Answer:Windows Task Scheduler

Click on the Actions tab at the bottom to find what is actually running and any arguments it may have and post back

3 more replies
Relevance 65.19%

I'm running windows 2000 professional on my computer and when I try to schedule a task to run such as Calculator I can't see it running. I scheduled it to run on startup, but I can't see it and when I go to scheduled tasks, it shows it as running. I am logged on as Administrator. Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Windows Task Scheduler won' run

How did you schedule it, by placing a shortcut to calc.exe in your Start Up folder?

If not, please do so and reboot. Remove anything else you have done in regard to it.

3 more replies
Relevance 65.19%

I'm running Windows 2000 and require a task to be run every 10minutes.

Is it possible to do it this way using the scheduler? If not, does anyone know of another way it can be done?

Many thanks.

Answer:Windows Task Scheduler

I like cron-type schedulers, and use pycron on my Win32 boxes. It would have no problem with your scheduling conditions.

1 more replies
Relevance 65.19%

Hi. I was wondering if I set the W7 task scheduler to launch a program at, let's say, 7 pm, but I'm not even on the computer at 7 pm, will the task run the next time I log in? What I'm asking is - does the pc have to be on at the time of the scheduled task?

Answer:Windows 7 Task Scheduler

In the settings tab for the task,you can select
run task as soon as possible after a scheduled start is missed.

2 more replies
Relevance 65.19%

I am running Win 10 PRO , upgraded from Win 7 PRO. I have a batch file that maps drives scheduled to run at startup. It used to run OK under Win 7 but seams to run only sometimes under Win 10. It does run Ok when I run it manually from task scheduler. Any ideas where I can look to start to fix this?

Answer:Windows 10 task scheduler

It would be helpful to see what batch file you are using.

2 more replies
Relevance 65.19%

The Windows task scheduler is ok but it doesn't always start up my applications or does certain things. It would be great if there's a task scheduler other than Windows' own.


Answer:Looking for a task scheduler other than Windows' own

This might help you:

Best Free Program Scheduler | Gizmo's Freeware

2 more replies
Relevance 65.19%

I have 2 items assigned in scheduled tasks,disk clean up + disk defrag.
In trying to review their history I got some never before seen information in notepad format.
I used to be able to click on each to see if the task was run + the results.
I'm not sure what is going on with these anymore. If they are running, they are doing so in a fashion I'm not accustomed to viewing.

There may be a problem with the disk cleanup operation set up as it does not automatically run as scheduled as lately I get a pop up that asks if I really want to do the C drive. I no longer get the pie chart nor bars showing the before + after alloted spaces. Results now are shown on some weird black box.

How can I find out if my set up is correct?

Thank you.

More replies
Relevance 65.19%

Never made sense to me, the one option not available in the task scheduler is to "run at shutdown".

Running a backup automatically before your PC shut's down makes a lot more sense than to do it when you boot up.

Is there anyway to make my backup.bkf file run when I shut down?

Answer:Windows Task Scheduler

create a batch

start backup.bkf

add it to gpedit.msc, user config, logoff script

2 more replies
Relevance 64.78%

How do I change the default user account that appears when computer switched on? Not really computer minded so hope that makes sense - I know I have option of switching user at point of logging in but being a bit fussy I'd like a certain user account to appear first in preference to having to do this.

Answer:Change default user in Vista

Do you mean the Administrator account? Have a look here. click here

1 more replies
Relevance 64.78%

Hey guys. Does anyone know how to change the DEFAULT user agent?

I know about developer tools and how i can change it EVERY time i open a new tab. But i wanna set the default UA to a custom string. So that every time i open the IE9 it defaults to my custom UA.


Answer:Change IE9 DEFAULT user agent

I don't believe you can change the Default to anything other than IE.

The best way would be to install the other browsers.

4 more replies
Relevance 64.78%


A few months ago I purchased a Toshiba Satellite Laptop that has Windows 7 installed. I blew through the set up process and I realize that I made a descision that I want to change.

My computer had a default setting for the user of OWNER-TOSH when I look at our network. How can I change that to a different name? I have cruised around the Control Panel and just can't find it.

Thanks for the help!


Answer:Default User Account Name Change?

The best way is to MAKE and new account and then move all of your files to the new account. You will need to make all of you customization again.

AFTER you have moved everything and have been running the new account for a while (several days), then you can delete the account AND files from within Control panel.

Yes, there is a way to rename the account, BUT, the folder under "Users" will stay the same.

3 more replies
Relevance 64.78%

Hello i hope someone can help me with this problem.

It looks like some apps got problem with directory letter "ł"

All i want is to change the name of my user folder from "Paweł" to "Pawel" .

default patch atm is c:\users\Paweł

I wanted to create new account Pawel and delete Paweł but i won't be able to move all the settings from what i read on google...

If anyone is interested i will just mention one example the game im talking about is Pandora First Contact this is the error message(wait a sec i will post picture).

Thanks for help in advance.

Answer:How do I change default user folder name?

you have to change user name to make the change on the user folder ,I do believe, instruction in tutorial below
User Account Name - Change in Windows 8

12 more replies
Relevance 64.78%

When i print a pdf, for instance, it gives a name for the author.
only problem, it isn't my name. i traded laptops with a friend, and her name comes up as pdf author, and her folder is default download location, etc.

How do i change this ?

is this called 'default user' ?

on start up welcome screen there is an icon for me and and for guest..
-there is a third other user (me, my friend and another) listed under users in explorer, that i would also like to delete.

what happens if i change default user ?... loose installed applications... desktop themes, icon arrangements or other application settings, or folders, or files .. ??

what should I save before deleting "default user (?)" ???
what will i have to re-setup

thanks in advance

Toshiba Satellite A215
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista&#8482; Home Premium, Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Turion(tm) 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-60, x64 Family 15 Model 104 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3453 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon X1200, 128 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 151122 MB, Free - 65890 MB; E: Total - 76290 MB, Free - 13586 MB;
Motherboard: ATI, SB600
Antivirus: avast! Antivirus, Updated and Enabled

Answer:Change Default User - Vista ?

16 more replies
Relevance 64.37%

Background:  Currently I'm running Windows 10 on two desktop HP desktop machines. One older HP (Pavilion a6430f) installed Win10 without any issues. Had no problems with it or with the Slimline 400 until this issue. The Slimline 400 is an out-of-the-box machine with no hardware changes.  It was delivered with Win8.1 and updated to Win10 and subsequently Win10 anniversary update. No problems until I started working with the Task Scheduler.  It should be noted that the task in question operates on the 6430 machine just fine. Both machines are AMD processor based. Both machines have the same tasks physically created on them, not imported. Problem: Two tasks. One to hibernate the computer at night and one to wake it up in the morning. These tasks run perfectly on the 6430. The 6430 does wake up from hibernation, contrary to the behavior of Vista where it would only wake from sleep. Not so with the Slimline. The Slimline will hibernate but not wake up. It will wake up pressing the power button. Here is how the task is set up on both machines: Genral tab  User account on both machines is set to [computer/]Admin  Run whether or not the user is logged on  Run with highest priveleges .  Configure for:  Windows 10Trigger tab  Run Daily (at) 6:45 AM.Action tab Action: Start a program Details:  C:\windows\system32\cmd.exe /c "exit" None of ... Read more

More replies
Relevance 64.37%

Does anyone out there know how to get rid of MSN Messenger's autoloading in the "Task Tray" after Windows XP or Windows 98 boots-up to the desktop? I've attempted, unsuccessfully to delete the MSN-M checkmark through MSCONFIG. I'd also like to get rid of Windows Update in the Task Scheduler or the "Task Scheduler" altogether. It's a nuisance especially when the program reassigns its own time slot for downloading even though I've given "Windows Update" a specific time and day to perform the operation. Every time I boot up, a newer random time slot is assigned to "Windows Update."

Answer:Can't get rid of MSN Messenger & Windows Task Scheduler

I believe you have to go into msn messenger and then to options and uncheck "Start when windows starts up".

3 more replies
Relevance 64.37%

I'm having trouble scheduling a certain task. I want to know every time that I unlock my workstation. So I created a scheduled task with a trigger for "On Workstation Unlock". The action I set was "run program" and I linked it to a batch file that write the date and time into a file.
If I run the batch file by double clicking on it, it works fine. It doesn't ask for any privileges, it doesn't show me the UAC, it just works.

When I unlock my workstation, it runs the batch file (i added a puase command in there so i would see that it ran), but it doesn't actually write to the text file.

What gives? I also tried making an AutoIt script to write to the file because I have had better luck with running autoit commands from shortcuts, but that doesn't work either. It doesn't even seem to run.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I have clicked the elevated privlidges check button, I clicked run the operation when a user is away and put in my password. I checked off run as administrator on the batchfile and autoit exe as well.

no luck.

Answer:Windows Task Scheduler not running exe or bat. help please!

See if there is an event viewer log for unlocked workstation (under security?). If there is, do a right click on the event and attach a task. Maybe running the task that way will work.

11 more replies
Relevance 64.37%


I have created the scheduler which rus at every 20 mins.
This will get the data from the other site(feeds) and puts into the database.
But these days the sheduler is not running properly.When the scheduler starts running it is going into 'hang' state.The status of the scheduler will be 'Running' for more time.

When i end the task and run the scheduler mannually,the data is getting updated.I have also checked the Schedlgu.txt, it is not updated for todays date.

Please any one can tell me what is the problem with the scheduler.It is very urgent issue to be solved.

Any help is appreciated.


More replies
Relevance 64.37%

Alright, so I'm one of those geeks who uses their notebook as an alarm clock. Before I used WakeUp! Alarm Clock and that has served me well over the years.

After experiencing some issues getting it installed on Windows 7 I decided to seek out some Windows 7 compatible software. Sooo, I decided on the Yahoo Widget "Neon Clock": Neon Clock - Yahoo! Widgets .

Looks pretty, did the day of the week vs. weekends off scheduling thing, installed it, tested it, woke up this morning running late for work because it didn't go off. (My bad for not setting the clock forward and testing.)

So I decided to try out some other software. At the moment I'm testing Easy Wake Up Musical Alarm Clock: Easy Wake Up Musical Alarm Clock 2.2 Full Screenshot - Easy Wake Up Musical Alarm Clock 2.2 Demo . Same thing! It does not start when scheduled!

Both alarm clocks have test options in setup. Those work fine. So I decided to see if there were any tasks running in the task scheduler. For the Yahoo widget there isn't, but for the latter there are 5 entries--one for each scheduled day of the week. I'm suspecting something wrong with the task scheduler. It's odd that all manually installed applications relying upon scheduling a time in the future do not function correctly but function correctly when utilizing the test options.

The options in Task Scheduler appear to be set correctly and are set to run as the logged in user.

Any ideas?

Answer:Windows 7 Task Scheduler Broken?

Tried Adding Scheduled Alarms to see if it is actually one task per alarm or just coincidence?
It (might) be running a countdown timer (5 seperate ones for the days of the week).
I previously used an alarm that did that instead of keeping one large-scale scheduler.

It's probably nothing special, but if it bugs you enough; try contacting someone from the app's homepage... they may have answers (being the creators and all)

1 more replies
Relevance 64.37%


When I try and open Windows 7 x64 Home Premium I get the following error.

Will someone please help me fix this?

Thank You !!

More replies
Relevance 64.37%

i need some help. i disabled task scheduler completely and at the time, i didn't realised that it needs to bee running for system restore to automatically create checkpoints. i am using windows me and have had no help from the support section of microsoft. is there a way to re-enable task scheduler or will i have to re-install windows?also if i were to reinstall windows, where can i buy windows xp home/pro cheaply and not an oem disk, the retail version of it

Answer:Re-enabling task scheduler in windows me

HelloTo re-enable task scheduler.Control PanelPerformance and MaintenanceAdministrative toolsServicesScroll down to Task Scheduler and right clickand click on start.I hope this is all you need.

6 more replies
Relevance 64.37%

As a lone user, I have never seen the need to use the Windows Task Scheduler, and, as it uses system resources, I want to disable it?not just temporarily, but permanently. I am sick and tired of having to "pause" it, or "Stop Using " it each time I restart Windows. Permanently disabling it however does not seem outwardly possible in Win98SE. It is not in the Windows Start Menu Startup folder, and neither is it in MSconfig. So where is it? and how can I kill the damned thing!?D. O'Hanlon

Answer:Killing Windows Task Scheduler

Open scheduler Select advancedSelect Stop using Task scheduler

6 more replies
Relevance 64.37%

Is anyone who knows why my AT command doesn't work properly?
In three years I haven't had any problem, but now if I wont it works, I must stop and start the Task Scheduler service any day!
I tried to pass SP 6a without success.

Thanks in advance.


Answer:Task Scheduler on Windows NT 4 server

The resource Kit has a utility called WINAT.exe that is a GUI of the AT scheduler. If you try that you may be able to see some other properties of the scheduler and perhaps fix them. I have not had a problem like that so I am not sure this will fix it, but it will definately provide more information about each scheduled task.

3 more replies
Relevance 64.37%

I have worked with many versions of the task since the Windows NT4 days. This problem has come at me before, but I have never been able to actually figure it out. You would think an MCP\A+\CNE\N+\degreed professional would know the answer in a heartbeat. But guess what? I am stumped. I am trying to run a batch file I wrote myself from a windows directory. c:\etc\batch\nascopy.bat . This folder is one I created and I set this job up to run every 30 minutes to check for autosupport file updates on an IBM N-7000 series NAS (Network Attached Storage) box. The NAS system is mapped normally on the network and is not the issue. It shows up as a z: and y: drive. The program runs just fine when executed from a cmd prompt or from a GUI. It will not run correctly if I right click on it in the Task Scheduler GUI and click on run or if I attempt to run it from a scheduled time, or from the CLI AT command. It will just finish in 1 sec or less saying in the task scheduler msg log "completed with an exit code of 0". Which does not mean it worked at all, it just didn't return an error code. It is not working, since I have tested it with data that should have been moved by the batch program. The batch program is working fine. I never log off the machine and have the remote console up on my screen. I am running this from remote console, and locally via KVM. It fails in either case the same way. It will run any other program totally fine. I tried running something like Hearts the ... Read more

Answer:Windows 2K3 Task Scheduler problem

stick a pause at the end of your batch file and check your errors...

Scheduled tasks need a username and a password to run. Can't be run with a blank password, could this be an issue?

2 more replies
Relevance 64.37%

I have a question or 2 about task scheduler, is it possible for task scheduler to open up media player and begin playing a playlist I have saved ?
I tried this before in december, windows media player 11 did excute but would not play anything without me hitting play.

Also I am wanting to do something to see if it will work, I need MS essentials to load up and do a scan.
If it picks up a trojan or malware problem it can't handle alone "I need it" to execute malware bytes, disable system restore, and run a tool called killbits to try to eliminate the problem.
Once done, if windows C:/ drive is damaged due to the attack, I need it to run system mechanic deep scan and let it perform a drive restructure repair.

Yes I know all that sounds abit odd and off, but the reason why I am doing this to see if it can handle what I need it to do, when I am not at home or working on someones personal computer for a few hours.
I had a seroius malware problem back in december and I used this steps I mentioned to destroy it manually only it took 16 hours to get rid of.

Just looking for a way to make it automated as ms essentials did not do this before when I setup the options inside it's configuration panel.

I hope I made the second part clear enough for anybody reading this.


Answer:Windows 7 task scheduler questions.

How to Create Playlists With Windows Media Player |

try performing the instructions above to create a icon for the playlist. then, create a new task and set it to open the playlist.

regarding the malware disinfect, you'll prolly need to create a custom script for it.

Command Line Utility for Microsoft Security Essentials | The Windows Club

use the app in the link above to run MSE and set it to output a log file. then parse the log and detect the infection. then code the rest of the actions in a macro language. I would use AutoIt. Soulphire would prolly suggest WinHotKey.

2 more replies
Relevance 64.37%

WTH is that crap? Trying to create a task in win7, what a piece of garbage. Overly bloated interface with nothing actually useful. I just want to make a script run at a certain time. I don't even see an option to set a time or condition. When I click ok I have no idea where it even went. Why does MS always crappyfy stuff that worked fine before? /rant

More replies
Relevance 64.37%

Hey folks,

I recently decided I wanted to create a task with Windows Task Scheduler to launch Pandora for an alarm clock. However, as soon as I launch Task Scheduler, I am confronted with no less that 61 error pop-ups that have to be closed out before I can even get to the Task Scheduler!

All 61 are different and I suppose I can list them individually if needed. They all end the same though:

The task image is corrupt or has been tampered with

Anybody help me out with this?

Answer:61 Errors With Windows Task Scheduler

I think I may have solved my own issue.

I navigated to C:\Windows\System32\Tasks, located all 61 files that corresponded to the error pop-ups and moved them to the recycle bin. Then, I re-booted and nothing exploded.

So far, so good...

1 more replies
Relevance 64.37%

I opened the Task scheduler to manually set a task and got this message"Task Despatch Recovery task/The task image is corrupt or has been tampered with"Any Ideas? I have looked in Google and tried deleting all tasks and re booting without success

Answer:Task Scheduler problem Windows 7

Try going to HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tasksdo a search for the name of your task and delete the key.Also look under HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\TreeIf you see a tree with your task name delete it alsoOpen task scheduler and your error should be gone._______________________________________________ To solve the problem permanently I disabled the Network access: Do not allow storage of credentials or .NET Passports for network authentification from Local Security Policies > Security Options.Also check the C:\Windows\Tasks tree on the system drive for more remnants.Hopethis helps G1

8 more replies
Relevance 64.37%

I'm looking for an alternative to the Windows Task Scheduler in Windows XP. By default, Windows executes the tasks in the scheduler as a lesser priority (not high, normal or real-time) thus the process run slower.

Anyone have any suggestions for a task scheduler (kicks off a PERL script) that you can adjust the CPU/Memory priority?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Alternative to Windows Task Scheduler

You can change priorities with the windows one, but if you want something more advanced there's one called Process Explorer.

4 more replies
Relevance 64.37%


I am running Windows 7 (Premium Home), on a dell Inspirion 15. (spec's irrelevant honestly).

This is more of a software problem for me;

attempted to create a scheduled task (and i am used to doing this in Windows XP) and I can not seem to make it work for me.

I created a task; and simply put the file (.mp3) in the "Program/Script" box. It plays the file fine, but it is doing so as a "ghost task" as i've come to call it.
The File is played, but WMP is not opened, and a task is not created in the Task Manager. Sadly, it is also looping and i am muting it under the SoundMixer as "unavailable name".

Attempted to fix this by starts Wmp.exe, and using an argument ("C://&&&&/&.Mp3") to give some direction. But no cigar (Event Id 203 &103 [failure to start, failure to run])
I then just simply copied the argument and placed it into the "Start In" box. (with a bit of prayer to get rid of the looping that i must REBOOT to get rid of)

So i have used the MP3 without WMP, And attempted to run it THROUGH WMP and have had no luck.

Anyone have some kind of magic Easy-Button that i can push? I should have been in bed several hours ago...

Answer:Windows 7 Task Scheduler (As Alarm)

Read this page.

Windows Media Player Alarm Clock using Task Scheduler

3 more replies
Relevance 64.37%

My task is not running in Task scheduler but have all the permissions and ends with error 0xE434352 can anyone help how to trouble shoot this. Thanks

More replies
Relevance 64.37%

We have pre-recorded closing announcements for my business. Currently using Windows Task Scheduler with Windows 7. Unfortunately it is hit or miss as to if it wants to actually run the MP3 file at the correct time. Some times it runs, sometimes it doesn't. No error. Just don't run.

So is there any alternatives that would be more reliable than Windows Task Scheduler? Thanks!

Answer:Alternative to Windows Task Scheduler

How is it being distributed? A file location, auto stream with media payer, etc.?

4 more replies
Relevance 64.37%

I read in web that Task Scheduler version in Windows vista /W2k8 is version 2.0. I have a machine with W2k8 installed. I checked the Task Scheduler version in about dialog . It says 1.0. why is this so. does it mean i still have version 1.0 of task scheduler ? Where can i see the 2.0 version of task scheduler ? Can anybody clarify my doubt. Thanks in advance.

Answer:Version of Windows task scheduler

Are you experiencing problems with task scheduling?

4 more replies
Relevance 64.37%

First this is my first post in this forum.have heard a lot about this community
I am using windows 8 in my office.I have disabled windows updates and because of that defeneder dosent updates itself.but sometimes it does.
i searched and found i can create a task in task scheduler using this option
MpCmdRun.exe -SignatureUpdate -MMPC
But the problem in this is that it popups the command prompt when it starts.I want that it runs in hidden so that users in my office dosent sees whats happening.
how can i do it so?

Answer:windows 8 defender task scheduler

OK, I don't use Defender, I use another program.  But, here are all available options:
c:\Program Files\Windows Defender>MpCmdRun.exe /?
Microsoft Antimalware Service Command Line Utility ©2006-2012 Microsoft Corp
Use this tool to automate and troubleshoot Microsoft Antimalware Service
MpCmdRun.exe [command] [-options]
Command Description
   -? / -h                                    Displays all available options
                                              for this tool
   -Scan [-ScanType #] [-File <path> [-DisableRemediation]]  Scans for malicious
   -Trace [-Grouping #] [-Level #]            St... Read more

1 more replies
Relevance 64.37%

Running windows 7,went to use the task scheduler today with the Microsoft SyncToy.
Followed through the setttings but when I opened the Task Scheduler library there were a lot of tasks in there that I have never created.
What's the best thing to do with the ones that are there can I delete all and start a fresh one off.
Thanks in advance.

Answer:Windows task Scheduler on a sync toy

Hi this is what I have in the task scheduler.

1 more replies
Relevance 64.37%

I want to defragment my hard drive but it wont let me due to the task scheduler being disabled. I go to open up the task scheduler and it says "The remote computer was not found" and it opens the scheduler and all the options are greyed out. Been searching google for a while and cant find a solution I tried going into the registry and changing start from 2 to 1 or 1 to 2 and rebooting but still doesn't work! Anyone have a solution?

my OS is Windows 7 home premium 64bit

Answer:Windows Task Scheduler is grayed out

How much tweaking like that have you done on Win7, as it may have caught up with you?

Run a full scan with Malwarebytes,
uninstall any bloatware AV and install Microsoft Security Essentials, run a full scan.

Next run SFC /SCANNOW Command, report back results.

3 more replies
Relevance 64.37%

I am running W7 Home Premium SP1, main drive is a Crucial SSD with two partitions - C: for OS and programs and M: for data. Backups are made to an external WD (Western Digital) SATA HDD housed in a docking station. (The HDD is brand new having been replaced by WD under warranty - see my post Help wanted please to perform backup ) For some years I have used Easeus Todo Backup Free and have always performed manual backups. I have recently been made aware of Macrium Reflect free backup and imaging software which I quite like, and I have ventured into experimenting with Scheduled backups using W7's Task Scheduler.

Yesterday I scheduled (separate) backups of C: and M: to commence at 02:00 and 03:00 respectively. This morning using Windows Explorer I could see the backup of C: on the external HDD but there was no sign of the M: backup. However looking at the Task Scheduler Library, Active Tasks correctly showed the Next Run Time (Thursday a.m.) for each of the scheduled backups. Moreover in the Task Scheduler Library the History tab showed that BOTH backups had run at the scheduled times and each had completed successfully - C: having taken about 30 minutes and M: about 11 minutes to run, so no overlap.

Can someone please suggest what might have happened and why I cannot see the M: backup?

Answer:Problem with Windows 7 Task Scheduler

Assuming this is a Macrium image, have you used whatever search tools you have to search all hard drives for .mrimg files?

How much occupied space do you have on the M partition?

Has the occupied space on the external drive increased as much as you guess it might if the image file was on it somewhere?

9 more replies
Relevance 63.96%


There are a couple of default values that I'm looking to change in Vista.

First and most importantly is there a way to change the location of the default "Users" folder. My new laptop came with two separate hard drives, and the main C:/ is 30gb, while the secondary D:/ is 100gb. I'd like to make the D drive my main folder for Users files, such as Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, etc. For example, make it an easy to remember folder like D:/Users.

How do I go about doing this? Also, whenever I want to open a document or music file, the default location that it would first open is the new D:/Users, not the old location. This would make things much easier for me.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

Answer:Any way to change the default user folders in Vista?

12 more replies
Relevance 63.96%

I've just completed a restore on my Asus K72F. It's hard drive is split in two: Drive C, where Windows 7 and all software and programs are and Drive D, which is empty.

Before the restore I had all my user files such as My Documents, My Music, My Pictures, Contacts, Downloads, Favorites, etc. save to Drive D, utilizing it just for "storage". I'll be darned if I can remember how I set that up. I also had my Libraries "link" to those files on Drive D.

Can anyone help? I need instructions on have my user files automatically save to Drive D and good instructions on setting up Libraries.

Thanks so much!


Answer:Change Default Drive for User Files

Scroll down to the "Windows 7" section on this page:

1 more replies
Relevance 63.96%

I purchased a new laptop, and was using it with only one account. I had a custom lock screen. However, on making another account, the lock screen became a default swirling image. I do not know how to change that. I attempted the following solution:

Here's how to change the sign out screen:

go to folder C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows
Right click on SystemData ->Properies->Security->Advanced->ChangeEnter your user name (You must be in Administrators group), then click on Check Names->OKPlace a tick on "Replace owner on subcontainers and objects", click Apply ->OK, Yes->OK->OK->OK
Go to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\SystemData\S-1-5-18\ReadOnly\LockScreen_Z

You will see 2 images of the Seattle Space needle in this folder, To view these 2 images.
Right click on it->Properties->Securities->Edit->AddEnter your user name, Click on Check Names->OK->OK->OK
Replace these 2 images with whatever images you want, make sure they have the same names and resolution as shown
in LockScreen_Z.

IMPORTANT: After swapping the images, Right click on image->Properties->Securities->EditMake sure SYSTEM is in the user list with permission shown below:
(If SYSTEM is not in the list, you have to add it to the list using the 2 steps above)
Sign out, you should see the new Image.
However, it did not work for me. In the LockScreen_Z folder, there was a different image. I was also unable to delete ... Read more

Answer:How do I change the multiple user default screen?

Hello Rahul, and welcome to Eight Forums.

You might see if the tutorial below may be able to help. OPTION ONE is the easiest way.

Lock Screen Default Background Image - Change in Windows 8

more replies
Relevance 63.96%

I purchased a new laptop, and was using it with only one account. I had a custom lock screen. However, on making another account, the lock screen became a default swirling image. I do not know how to change that. I attempted the following solution:

Here's how to change the sign out screen:

go to folder C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows
Right click on SystemData ->Properies->Security->Advanced->ChangeEnter your user name (You must be in Administrators group), then click on Check Names->OKPlace a tick on "Replace owner on subcontainers and objects", click Apply ->OK, Yes->OK->OK->OK
Go to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\SystemData\S-1-5-18\ReadOnly\LockScreen_Z

You will see 2 images of the Seattle Space needle in this folder, To view these 2 images.
Right click on it->Properties->Securities->Edit->AddEnter your user name, Click on Check Names->OK->OK->OK
Replace these 2 images with whatever images you want, make sure they have the same names and resolution as shown
in LockScreen_Z.

IMPORTANT: After swapping the images, Right click on image->Properties->Securities->EditMake sure SYSTEM is in the user list with permission shown below:
(If SYSTEM is not in the list, you have to add it to the list using the 2 steps above)
Sign out, you should see the new Image.
However, it did not work for me. In the LockScreen_Z folder, there was a different image. I was also unable to delete ... Read more

More replies
Relevance 63.96%

I bought an HP Pavilion floor demonstration computer from a general retailer. The salesman assured me that all previous user accounts and information had been removed and the computer restored to its factory configuration before I took delivery. However, when I boot it up from a cold (power off) start, I get an error saying that the password entered for user Kiosk is invalid. Kiosk is apparently the name of the default start up user account. My workaround is simply to switch users to the administrator account. The Kiosk account does not appear in the list of user accounts in the 'add or remove user accounts' tab in the control panel. The Kiosk file folder in the Users folder is empty. How can I change the default start up user account? The store did not create a password reset disk.

Answer:Change start up default user account

Will it log in now using the Admin account? Is this the hidden Admin account?

If you don't want to run under the hidden Admin account, can you use it to create a new User account with Admin privileges?

With the huge load of bloatware that throttles Win7 on HP's I would consider Clean Reinstalling Windows 7 Factory OEM.

Another option is to run full Factory Recovery to get a fresh start with your personal owner's User Account which often can never be fully deleted due to security precautions: HP Recover Windows 7 Operating System Using HP Recovery - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

1 more replies
Relevance 63.96%

Hi everyone, I was wondering if it is possible to change the icons for default folders in the user folder (My Documents, Downloads, Saved Games, etc). These folders have a different properties window that includes a "Customize" tab, but no option to change the icon.

Any help would be appreciated!

Answer:Change User Default Files' Icons?

Hello Rjes,

Most certainly,

Option Two in the tutorial below can help show you how to.

User Folders - Change Default Icon

Hope this helps,

9 more replies
Relevance 63.96%

I have moved to Windows 8 from XP where "on startup" tasks worked fine.
In Windows 8 I can't for the life of me get one to run. I add it through the UI and have Enable Tasks History set, but it never runs and there are no errors in the Event Log.
The task is (for now) just to run a test .bat script, and is defined as:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-16"?>
<Task version="1.4" xmlns="">
<Principal id="Author">
<RunOnlyIfNetworkAvailable>false</RunOnlyIfN... Read more

Answer:Windows 8 Task Scheduler will not run "At system startup" task

Problem solved. It is caused by "shutdown" no longer meaning that!

My environment is a PC that is shut down every day and started the next.
The "At System startup task" is a constantly-running process (actually a CygWin script) for various housekeeping tasks. Its logic assumes it is run once on each system start-up.

But, by default when you shutdown this PC-hostile Operating System it doesn't.
It goes into some semi-hibernate mode and the startup task is never fully "killed", despite its Event Log entries reporting "Task Completed". Because of this, I assume, it is then not trigger on the next "startup".

Anyway, the cure is:

Control Panel | Power Options | Choose what the power button does
Then untick "Turn on fast start-up (recommended)"

Doing so makes no difference to start-up times (on this SSD-based PC).

7 more replies
Relevance 63.96%

HI,I posted in the DOS forum about my efforts to use Robocopy to make backups:5       Microsoft / Microsoft DOS / Variables with embedded blanks       on: August 09, 2009, 01:16:02 PM That batch file is working if I launch it.It fails if I launch it with Task Scheduler. The event log gives this error:"Task Compatibility module failed to update taskUser_Feed_Synchronization-(90573B48-7F1A-49EB-B0E2-630E54FB2F9A).job" to the required status 0. Additional data error value 2147943732.Information that I found on this error is here: 1 schtasks.exe didn't fix it.Option 2  "Configure for box" only allows Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 (one Choice)Option 3 Use Task Scheduler to import a Task Scheduler 1.0 task from an XML file.I didn't understand this!Does anyone hav an idea for me?ThanksFrank C

Answer:Vista Task Scheduler error "Task Compatibility module failed to update task"

Task Scheduler Actions tab > Edit Actions > Program/Script entry must not be surrounded with quotes  It is if you use the Browse button to find your file to be executed.Mine looked like this:"C:\Users\Owner\Desktop\System Tools\CopyTask.bat"I renamed System Tools to System-Tools. I removed the quotes. Now it looks like thisC:\Users\Owner\Desktop\System-Tools\CopyTask.bat and it works! I am now trying to get the wake-up user logged on or not combination  to workFrank C

2 more replies
Relevance 63.55%

A small tip!
Many suggest disabling the Task Scheduler service to save resources.
But one should not however disable this service even if you don't use it.
Disabling this service will prevent Prefetch (.pf) files, the trace files and the Layout.ini file from being created or updated.
This will hamper performance of your Windows.

Answer:Should one disable the Task Scheduler Service in Windows 7?

Also RAC, Defrag, RSS updates (IE), System Restore (check points) along with other scheduled system tasks. I've never seen a benefit from disabling the service.

2 more replies
Relevance 63.55%

When I go into the Task Scheduler, 6 error messages pop up, each concerning various tasks that have been corrupted or tampered with. On a post on the Microsoft community, I found a script that was able to correct most of the tasks, since there used to be 50 or so. However, these last 6 are persistent. Any suggestions?

Answer:Task Scheduler corrupted after Windows 10 downgrade

See the links in this post:
Corrupted Task Manager

1 more replies
Relevance 63.55%


I have a Batch File, to move a file to a different folder, that I would like to run from Windows Task Scheduler on a windows server 2008 R2 . The batch file itself works, however running it from Windows Task Scheduler does not work. I am trying to move the file within the L drive.

I tried entering in Program/Script box: cmd
and in the add arguments: /c start "" "C:\Users\Administrator\Desktop\Test.bat"

But no luck. Any Idea why.

Thanks much!


Answer:Windows Task Scheduler Batch File

This is genuinely a wild guess and I could be entirely wrong but, could it be that the L drive hasn't entirely initialized yet on startup? Perhaps the script is being run too soon?

9 more replies