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taskeng.exe suddenly showing up as window when I run a scheduled task

Q: taskeng.exe suddenly showing up as window when I run a scheduled task

Since I built this computer in 2010 I've had a scheduled task which runs a VBS script to remind me to take my tablets each morning. Until the last few days, only one element was visible from this task, the message box spawned by the VBS script.

However, in the last few days, I also get a taskeng.exe window appearing at exactly the same time as the message box. The window is labelled taskeng.exe, has a VBS scripting host icon and the content of the window is pure black.

If I terminate taskeng.exe in Task Manager or click OK in the VBS message box, both the VBS script and that black window disappear.

I have no idea what might have caused taskeng.exe to only appear in this situation, because MSI AfterBurner also uses it to start the app during user login and it doesn't appear for that. Both processes are ones I've been using for ages longer than this problem.

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A: taskeng.exe suddenly showing up as window when I run a scheduled task

Heh. I should have clued into the icon that taskeng.exe was showing.

Somehow cscript.exe had become the handler for VBS scripts on my machine. I definitely didn't do that.

cscript //h:wscript

Problem fixed

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Hi all,

I setup my first scheduled task of an executable. But the task is not showing up in the list of Active tasks. I know that it is there because I re-created it and it stated that it already exists. In case I have to modify it, I need to be able to see it. And yes, I have clicked to show 'Hidden Tasks'.

Thanks for your help.

A:Scheduled task not showing up in Active List

Just checking....
Refer the Tutorial below just in case the task was not correctly set up.

Task Scheduler - Create New Task




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I have been trying to get a windows application that I have developed to run as a scheduled task. I am running Win XP Pro SP2.

This works perfectly when the computer is up and running but it is intended to work at night when the computer is on standby. I have checked the " Wake the computer to run this task" box.

If I schedule the task to being while it is on standby I find that it will only actually start when I log back in again in the morning.

If I test using a console application then it will indeed work while in standby.

What I have as the task is a one line .bat file contaning the program path and name followed by some command line arguments which enable the automatic running then termination of the windows application (as opposed to nomal interactive windows actions). Could it be something to do with this aspect that it requires the computer to out of standby mode to begin ?

I would be grateful for any advice to find a solution to this. I will be pleased to supply any furthe information if needed.

Many thanks


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I have read a lot of other forums about scheduled tasks running twice, unfortunately the hot fix does not fix the issue. 

I checked in C:\windows\system32\tasks, the solution is not here.
I also checked in the registry, was not able to find the duplicate task, I was able to find the task in /windows NT
This happens in a very specific scenario.  We have to update the time triggers for a specific scheduled task based off when a store closes.  They close later on the weekends so the 1st task "autoupdate" will look at an xml file to determine
if the store close time has changed.  Since the store close time changes, it then recreates the "store close" scheduled task with the new time triggers found in the xml.  Autoupdate does this by looking at a .config file we wrote.

Unfortunately this config file had an issue with the path to the store close task not being case sensitive.  When the Autoupdate task kicks off, if replaces the store close task with the correct time triggers, but now the store close task runs twice
at each time trigger
We have a task folder \Hello World
The config file paths out to the task as \Hello world (notice the lowercase w).
This causes the time triggers to kick off 2 task, 1 for (\Hello World\Store close) and another for (\Hello
world\Store close)

I got this to trigger 3 times by changing the .config file to path out to \hello
world.  Now every time the time trigger... Read more

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This is the 2nd night I have encountered this empty window popping up that has tasking in the title. Nothing is in the popup its a blank black small window. The first night it closed both times itself, tonight I had to close it. It did happen at the same time both nights.

Any ideas what this is?

A:taskeng window ...

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I started using the Task Scheduler to defrag the local disk drives, by (creating task) & (creating basic task) from the scheduler console, That's (2) types of task to make sure it works. 

Problem: The tasks do "trigger" after modifying settings, but at "irregular" start times and sometimes not-at-all.
I see the (Synchronize across time zones) check box at the (trigger tab), to wonder if checking the box will cause irregular start times.
Question: Is it necessary  to check mark the (Synchronize across time zones) box, to keep idle start times stable?
Example: A 5:00 AM scheduled trigger that starts at 12:40 PM, to say my OS has "bad" calculation to trigger the task.
Anyway, its been interesting testing (automatic defragmentation), even though I think Microsoft has to "perfect" the task scheduler performance more better.
Sincerely: Lee Vernon Payne - 9/25/2017 - 5:43 PM PST.


Lee Payne

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I have a scheduled task (to run synctoy) that opens a command line window and runs taskeng.exe - is there a way to have this run silent (without opening the command line window) or at least run minimized? I have no access to the actual command, and wouldn't know of a parameter or switch to use even if I did.

A:Task Scheduler - taskeng.exe command line

instead of opening the command line just change it to open taskeng.exe
on the task scheduler create new task, after that on the action tab at the top select run program and browse for taskeng.exe
should work fine

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Hi, does anyone know what this is?

A:TaskEng.exe CMD window keeps popping up

Its part of windows but you need to find it to make sure its in the right folder if its in the wrong folder it can be malware Is taskeng.exe safe? How to remove a taskeng error?

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I run Sophos. Tonight in the midst of writing in Word, I got a black window with no content; just aTaskeng title bar, that vanished almost immediately.  I did a scan w/Sophos and it quarantined something called iBryte and nothing else.
Only symptom I've noted (over the past ~ week?) is related to my mouse sometimes bouncing down then back up a page (so I read the same thing over and over... as if I scrolled down and back up again), but am not at all convinced that's related since it comes and goes. Perhaps crud in the mouse laser?
Anyway... any clue about this Taskeng issue?  I have Win 7, automatic updates and scans w/Sophos. Use Chrome.  Been a LONG time since I've had to post here, so forgive me if I'm forgetting to post other info.

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New here. I'm using a Scheduled Task to fire a very simple bat file that pulls, compresses and pushes a set of files to a different network directory. The bat file runs fine manually. On a networked desktop I have set up the task to run at about 5am est (waking the machine), as highest authority, when connected to the network, even when user is logged off and such. The task history tab shows 'Action complete' and 'Task complete' as anticipated but there are no new files (or the log that is created) as expected. I've verified the paths in the bat file. I'm confused about the "history" interpretation.

If the task/action complete successfully - what exactly does that mean?! As I mentioned - I can run the file manually with success - the files are completed and exist. It seems when the machine is logged off and asleep - it will wake up, run 'something' and show success.

Any suggestions to help trouble shoot are greatly appreciated. I wanted to run the task 'at logoff' but seems that is not readily available due to possible corruption/hanging and preventing that type of trigger from happening. Logon may become my option next - I just didn't want to stress the network in anyway if everyone is at once - but it is actually a very small office of users.

Sorry for the long post.


A:Scheduled Task history indicates task completed successfully but....

Just an update - I can run this bat file manually but the file will NOT run automatically - even IF the PC is powered up It is set to run at the highest authority, wake if asleep and connected to the network. I hope someone has some ideas - I'm about at a loss. All forum searching I already have covered. Thanks in advance.

P.S. Is there a thread to this I can read responses? Someone responded to me and I received an email - but when logging in I only see my single question here....just curious.

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Hello out there!

I'm having trouble with my task manager and the shutdown.exe won't run!

The story is: For months I've sat timer on the shutdown.exe through "task manager", so that I can fall asleep to a movie or whatever. It's been working fine, until a few days ago; I noticed my computer was still turned on when I woke up and I could see that it wasn't due to an update. The next time I tried, the same thing happened! So I tried setting up the shutdown.exe while watching the screen. A message popped up through a quarter of a second and disappeared again. So I recorded the screen, to check what the message said. And it was "taskeng.exe" with an error. I have attached a screenshot of it (please note that it's in danish - sorry!!!).

I proudly own a Windows 7 desktop computer. I think this is the first time I'm having issues with it.

I've already tried:
- To restart a bunch of times
- Run the "sfc /scannow" in cmd
- Tried to run the task manager as admin
- Tried to change something in the shutdown properties...?
- Installed all possible updates in Windows Update
And so much else...

Any help is thankfully received!! Thanks in advance!!

A:Taskeng.exe Error When Preforming Shutdown.exe in Task Manager

Work through the Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7
to uncover the problem, report back findings.

Can you set your timeouts in Power Options the normal way or will this not complete the job? I suggest 30 minutes sleep, 60 minutes Hibernate. This way your work is saved and startup is much faster.

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So I have an Oracle VirtualBox Virtual machine running Windows Vista Business 32-bit w/Service Pack 2. VirtualBox v5.0.14r105127 host running on my Windows 7 Pro 64-bit host. The Oracle VM VirtualBox Guest Editions version running on the Vista guest is the same as the host - v5.0.14r105127. The Vista VM has the following 'hardware' specs:
Intel Core i7 CPU 950 @ 3.07GHz
2.52 GB RAM
My problem (as the subject of this post states) is that I recently noticed that the CPU is constantly spiked (at about 90% spiked anyway). I only noticed because TurboTax 2016 kept locking up on me so I checked out Task Manager and that's when I saw it - 'svchost.exe' is taking up between 80% - 90% of my CPU - it's constantly changing between that range...it's technically not 'fixed' on one number). I don't know how long it has been this way unfortunately. I know I should have noticed when it started happening but this virtual machine has always ran slow. So it could have been doing this for a year (TurboTax 2015 never locked up on me like this).
Here's a couple screenshots of 'Windows Task Manager':

And the processes tab:

If I 'End Process' that process, my CPU goes back down to 'normal' usage. But then the process comes back within a few minutes, which starts causing the 'spiking' on my CPU again.
Looking further into this, I ran Sysinternals' 'Process Explorer:

I can 'Kill Process' from there which stop... Read more

A:Task Scheduler (svchost.exe -- taskeng.exe) keeping CPU spiked 24/7

Hi domiflichi :
Many Vista SP2 users are currently experiencing an issue with slow Windows Updates where the Windows Update Agent (wuaueng.dll), running under the Windows host process svchost.exe, will hang on the initial "Checking for updates..." phase of Windows Update and completely saturate an entire CPU core for long periods of time.  Please see post # 6 of Kayla77's thread Processes in Task Manager During Updates for instructions on to use your Process Explorer to see if wuaueng.dll is responsible for this high CPU consumption.  These "Checking for updates..." hangs can go on for several hours, and even days, and severely impact system performance.

 WU PE svchost wuauserv 14 Apr 2016.png   60KB
If you check your Windows Update history (Windows Update | View Update History) and/or installed updates (Control Panel | Programs | Programs and Features | View Installed Updates) you might find that your automatic Windows Updates did not successfully install the March 2017 Patch Tuesday updates released on 14-Mar-2017.  It is not uncommon for affected users to discover that they have not received updates for Vista SP2 and IE9 for several months.  [Hint: If your IE9 browser is fully patched as of March 2017 then Help | About Internet Explorer | Update Versions should be 9.0.59 (KB4012204)].
I don't know a great deal about configuring VMs, but assuming your Core i7 CPU has four cores, have you allocated all four o... Read more

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Windows 7 x 64 with all updates current
A taskeng.exe black popup window has been flashing across my screen everytime I start my computer or resume windows. It only shows up for a split second most of the time. A couple of times it displayed long enough for me to see what it was.
I found the file and it appears to be where it belongs C:\Windows\System32 last modified on 11/20/2010 it's an Application file with 454KB
In Task Manager - Processes it shows 2 of them with my name in the user name column. When I right click them, click on Open File Location they both take me to C:\Windows\System32.
Just ran sfc/scannow, latest version of Malwarebytes and a FULL system scan with the windows security scanner, all in SAFE MODE with the results showing no corrupt files, virus's or malware.

Also tried this from Microsoft

Please follow the instructions:

1. Go to the Start menu.
2. Type task scheduler and press enter.
3. Press continue on the UAC popup.
4. In the left pane of task scheduler, underneath Task Scheduler Local, right-click on Task Scheduler Library.
5. In the View submenu, make sure the Show Hidden Tasks option is checked.
6. Widen the Name column in the center pane. The hidden task that is likely at fault has a name that starts with User_Feed_Synchronization, followed by a dash and a bunch of digits inside a curly brace.
7. Select that task in the middle pane by clicking on its name.
8. To... Read more

A:taskeng.exe black popup window

I'd disable all tasks unless you know for sure you need them.

I'd also uncheck everything in msconfig>Startup and msconfig>Services (after ticking the box to Hide all MS Services) except your AV and any sync. You can add back anything later that you really can't do without starting with Windows, which is usually nothing - maybe a messenger. But you do not need graphics, sound or other software running at startup.

Compare the install you have with the perfect install compiled in Clean Reinstall Windows 7.
If this is the original factory install then that is the worst possible install of Win7.

I notice you have Norton bloatware AV. We see nothing but problems with it, usually solved by uninstalling it and replacing it with a free lightweight AV like MSE or Panda Cloud.

More Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7 will usually always find the problem.

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I am running Windows7 and Taskeng.exe runs with a blank screen repeatedly. I cannot change permissions to rename it to see if that works. I have no idea what to do. If I close it it will just run later. I have been minimizing it to keep it from popping up but then its constanly on my start bar.

A:Taskeng.exe automatically runs with a blank window.


You should open up task scheduler:

- click start
- type: task scheduler
- press enter

And see what tasks you have running... Look for taskeng.exe


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Just now, I was reading posts here when a Command Prompt (black) windows opened, titled taskeng.exe.

This is the Task Scheduler, right? Why is it opening a Command Prompt window, never did this before. I noticed The Windows update icon is now in the System area of the TaskBar, so I suspect it was Automatic Updates kicking in, but why the black CP window?

Edit: Good grief, 22 new updates!!!

A:taskeng.exe opening in a Command Prompt window

I just found this in Task Scheduler, triggered to run every night at 9:10PM.

cmd /c move /Y \\webserver\dell_i\TestFolder\* d:\temp\junk

It must have been something I setup though I have no memory of doing it. Probably while trying to figure out how to do something for a forum response here or in one of the other forums I work at.

Disabled it so I think this problem is resolved.

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Recently, when I start my desktop PC with Win 7, a window opens briefly that resembles the cmd window only it is a taskeng.exe window. When I look at my task manager, I can see a taskeng.exe process which identified as a Windows Task Manager. This is a new occurrence and searching it I find it can either be legit or a virus.
I have scanned with AVG, Malwarebytes and SuperAntiSpyware and that has not changed this.
On rare occasions, that window will also open spontaneously for a brief moment before disappearing again.

Any thoughts?

A:Solved: Taskeng.exe window opens on startup

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I have reviewed previous postings about similar issue. I am running with the highest privileges. I have a bat file that runs without errors on the command line. Uses robocopy to back up document directory. The scheduler history states it started, action completed with an error code 16 (don't know what this means) and task successfully completed? But I do not think it is actually executing the bat file.

A:Scheduled Task - States Task Ran - No Results

Just an ordinary error code of 16 decimal is "the directory could not be removed" if that's any help. A google on Windows Error Lookup Tool should find the freebie I'm using.

Whatever the batch file is it might work better if you implement it in AutoIt3 and compile it. To run external executables in AutoIt3 is very easy. It's free, and it has a forum full of programmers if you get stuck.

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I am trying to repurpose my old Dell D630, and I have encountered a problem.

I made several changes to my machine, and during the reboots there were a couple of times when the system appeared to "hang" - black screen, white bar that I guess is a cursor was motionless in the upper left corner with no apparent activity (steadily lit). This appeared to happen after it got past the initial boot up stage, since I saw the Dell logo page/progress bar go by before it got stuck.

It stayed in that state for so long that I finally forced a reboot. This happened twice in a row; the third time it booted all the way into Windows, but I now see a "TaskEng.exe" command window show up whenever I start up, during the "populate the desktop" part of starting up. I have attached a screen shot in case I am not describing it well.

When I watched the Command window closely, I saw a brief flash of text that said something about "not found" - but this text appears and vanishes so fast that I cannot read it nor can I capture a screen shot of it even though the window itself lingers while before it closes.

The changes I made include the following:
-resized my partitions
-added a user account
-moved some data files
-uninstalled MS Office

The only web sites I visited immediately before this began were Google, this forum, and Microsoft Answers. Therefore, I think my problem is probably damaged or missing Windows files rather than a virus or malware, but... Read more

A:TaskEng.exe Window Appears on Startup - Restore? Repair? Malware?

I ran "SFC /scannow" as an Administrator and it said it found no integrity violations
I ran CHKDSK and it showed that Windows had fixed a couple of things. Here are the results:

Checking file system on C:
The type of the file system is NTFS.
A disk check has been scheduled.
Windows will now check the disk.
CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 5)...
189184 file records processed. File verification completed.
1646 large file records processed. 0 bad file records processed. 4 EA records processed. 76 reparse records processed. CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 5)...
232702 index entries processed. Index verification completed.
0 unindexed files scanned. 0 unindexed files recovered. CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 5)...
189184 file SDs/SIDs processed. Cleaning up 126 unused index entries from index $SII of file 0x9.
Cleaning up 126 unused index entries from index $SDH of file 0x9.
Cleaning up 126 unused security descriptors.
CHKDSK is compacting the security descriptor stream
21760 data files processed. CHKDS... Read more

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I understand the system32 is the main one that I need.but the other versions seem real too?which can and should be deleted and how can I delete them? trustedinstaller wouldn't just let me install the super weird 2, but I figure the 64 versions may be legit needed or something What to do?  Also, in my uninstall list, trustedid identity protection, which I do not have, was also unable to be uninstalled/removed from the list though found no where else on my PC  Thank you!!

A:Popup Window Virus - Multiple taskeng.exe files found

no updates?

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Hi guys. I found this odd scheduled task named 'UninstallDDS-C960901F-CE14-4DE1-9729-1305F719A337'.
The task is set to run at 14:54 on 25/1/16 and then repeat every 00:01:00 indefinitely.
The target is C:\Windows\temp\deletefoldertask.exe

The task has no author and I can find no information about the executable.
Before I remove it, I thought I'd check with you guys to see if it has any legitimate purpose.

A:Odd scheduled task

The task name starts with UninstallDDS which may relate to a piece of software called DDS Converter, have you installed or do you currently have that software installed on your machine?

I have also seen a post from 24th December at a different site reporting the same scenario which suggests a malware scan (Malwarebytes | Free Anti-Malware & Internet Security Software)
Also have a look at the post here to see if the suggestion on post #2 is of any help - Cleaning Up After Blue Screen/browser Control Scam | MajorGeeks.Com Support Forums


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I made scheduled task for auto shut down by shutdown-s command in scheduled task. it is working manually,but not at scheduled time.

A:scheduled task

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Hi All,
I have the following question; I have created a batch file what is doing this:
I copies from a sourcefolder the zip files created today to a temp folder. From that temp folder the zip is being extracted and the extracted files copied to a destination folder. When these files are copied it deletes the zip files in the
temp folder.
When I run the script with doubleklic on it or from cmd it works fine.
But I want the script to run daily at 23:59, so I have make it a scheduled task. But the scheduled task will copy the zip to the temp folder, but it would not extract and copy.
Hope someone can help me.
Best regards,

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Hi everybody
is it possible to schedule wmp or another player to start each day playing at a specific time = in order to wake up

A:scheduled task

Try Kana Reminder . It is one of my favorite free utilities and works very well.

Kana Reminder can be set to run a program when the reminder time is triggered. I have never tried the option to run a program, but it works really well as a reminder.

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Hi all,

Ill make my first post an interesting one. I just passed my first year with this laptop and Im starting to get annoyed with all the VAIO software thats on it and all that runs. I was curious if I could delete all the Scheduled Task and start over on just the programs that I want to have updated or running when I want. Or is there certain ones by default that I should leave alone?

A:Scheduled Task

Yes, you should be able to remove and add any that you want to.

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A computer over a VPN tunnel is having issues that when the tunnel hiccups, the DNS of the computer changes and I have to flush the DNS when it does to reconnect over the VPN. I'm in the process of ordering different equipment, but want to create a band-aid
fix in the mean time.

What I want is to create a scheduled task that when the DNS is not a specific address (or changes, but don't want to loop the task) it flushes the DNS. Is there an easy way to accomplish this (specifically the scheduled task part)?

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scheduling a task to run in xp is simple enough....

but how do you get the program to actually work after it starts up...

for instance, i have a little program that backs up my outlook express info... i have to start the program, then click on the "complete backup" button.

this is what i am asking, how do i "click" on the "complete backup" button with scheduled task?

like i said, getting the program to start up is no problem, i just can't get it to run.

seems impossible.....

A:scheduled task in win xp

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Hi: everyone I have vista home premium I face problem when I installing Sp2 and not complete I get Scheduled Task not Running with error 0x80070032 and I cannot restore my computer even the restore is active

A:Scheduled Task not Running

Before any replay thank you the entire problem has been resolved by recovering the computer.

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I have now successfully retrieved my password and have schedualed task set to run defrag and disk Clean-up [winxpsp2]

I would also like my scheduled task to run the Error-checking utility to check my check disc local disk can anyone talk me through the stages please.

A:Trying to program Scheduled Task

Even though this is from Dell website it pertains to any computer with xp to schedule the Error-checking utility task. http://support.dell.com/support/topi...ent?DN=1078661.

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I formatted and re-installed XP SP3 last spring.  I have always been fond of a lean running operating system, so it is not uncommon for me to disable an array of services, so that they do not start when starting Windows.
Some of these include:
Help and support
Task scheduler
Wireless zero configuration
security center
error reporting
Now, I can understand the importance of having some automatic tasks, so that I don't have to continually update my anti-virus manually, as well as flash player, Google Chrome, etc.  
I have turned most of those services to "automatic" so that I am able to open up the task scheduler in the control panel.  However, all of the scheduled tasks still continue to say that they were unable to run, and even if I right click them and try to run them manually, they will still not run.
Any ideas?  I knew that there was a hot fix available, but I believe that was for pre-service pack 3 installations of XP.

A:XP SP3 - Scheduled Task Failed To Run

Go through the steps here. The Task Scheduler Service has a RPC dependency. Make sure that service is started.

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I am trying to set up an automated file backup system for someone who has a PC with Windows XP SP2. I intend to set up a scheduled task to run at some specified time every day.

However they shut their PC down when it's not in use.

If the PC is shut down at the scheduled time, will that run be missed, or will it run when they next start the PC?

Also, what if they shut the PC down for say 5 days. When they start it up, will it try to run the backup program 5 times in succession?

I hope that it will run the backup program just once on start-up if one or more scheduled run times get missed. I can't find this discussed anywhere on the net, and I don't have the time to experiment.

Also I'm doing this for someone else who has a Windows 98 PC. I know this is the XP forum, but do the answers to my questions above apply to Windows 98 too?

Thanks for your help.

A:What happens if PC is off when time for a scheduled task to run?

First of all, no ones what program you are talking about.

To me if can be off for a few days, have do it manually.

Think best place to check is with the maker of the program you want to use.


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How to delay a scheduled task

A:How to delay scheduled task?

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I recently upgraded to XP and every thing is working great except I can’t get my Scheduled tasks to work. On the status line it says, “ The scheduled task did not run because an incorrect password or user name was entered”. With W98 I did not have a password set up for scheduled tasks. I have tried changing the password on the properties and still get the same status. Is there a main password that needs to be setup? Under user name It has my systems name and my ID name with a” \ “ between I tried changing that also but no luck it will not let me change it. I did not have this problem with W98.

My System
-Windows XP Home
-Athlon 2000XP CPU
-768 Ram
-Radeon 9700 Video Card

A:XP Scheduled Task Blues

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I am not able to find a task that I scheduled some time ago. The task runs CHKDSK on an external drive. It ran OK today at logon. I want to see if I have a similar task scheduled for the "C" drive.
I looked in Task Scheduler and I can't find it.
The event viewer log dutifully reported the results in Windows logs > Applications > Wininit
Can you help me find it?
Frank C

A:Find a scheduled task

I may have triggered the CHKDSK by using the Disk Properties tool "Check Volume for Errors" where I get the option to run chkdsk at the next logon.. Thus, I would not find it in Task Scheduler but I would find the results in Event Viewer.
Frank C

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I can only get Ad-aware, defrag, and Norton anti-virus to open and nothing more. I've gone through their help files on the programs and I went to the Microsoft, Symantec, and lavasoft web pages and still no luck. Microsoft's page just seems to send me around in loops (I get so lost there), lavasoft's wan't much help and on the Symantec page, all I could find info on was the enterprise edition, but I wasn't sure if those instruction would work for a home/OEM edition. Also Symantec wanted me to download a file that is not supported by "Symantec Technical Support", would that be a smart move? I really didn't want to download something and end up messing up a computer that is not mine... but I also know that if I can't get these tasks to run on their own at some point and time these people who own the computer will never run it. Thanks for your time.


A:Can I get these programs to run under Scheduled task?

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I currently have a scheduled task to run a .bat file every 10 or so minutes.

The .bat file is just a simple one which moves a couple of files from one folder to another and works perfectly fine and runs when I execute it manually.
The schedule task manager says that it is running and even gives me the date and time of the last successful run and the time of the next run time. Despite this, the files still remain within the same folder and has not been moved at all.
Please help,
Any suggestions would appreciated.

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I installed Windows 7 Ultimate in Dec'09. I download stuff from torrent sites and since my ISP allows free downloads from 2 am to 8 am, i normally schedule my downloads for that time slot. I had been using Freebyte Task Scheduler for the purpose and it was set to run Azureus.exe file at 2.05 am. Everything was running fine and smooth with no problems whatsoever. BUT...

Yesterday I installed nVidia GeForce 9500GT card to improve the graphics on my PC. I don't know what changed and last night the download did not start. When I checked in the morning I got the screen where it showed User1(that is me) logged in. Below that is (Locked) and below that is Switch User. After I clicked on the User1 I am taken to my desktop where I see that the FBTS shows that the last time the task was run was day before yesterday. Here I would like to point out that before yesterday, whenever I went to check in the morning, on moving the mouse I was straightaway taken to my desktop without the user log in screen that I described earlier.

So what do you think happened? Without my knowledge?


A:Scheduled Task revisit...

Quote: Originally Posted by herculeorama

I installed Windows 7 Ultimate in Dec'09. I download stuff from torrent sites and since my ISP allows free downloads from 2 am to 8 am, i normally schedule my downloads for that time slot. I had been using Freebyte Task Scheduler for the purpose and it was set to run Azureus.exe file at 2.05 am. Everything was running fine and smooth with no problems whatsoever. BUT...

Yesterday I installed nVidia GeForce 9500GT card to improve the graphics on my PC. I don't know what changed and last night the download did not start. When I checked in the morning I got the screen where it showed User1(that is me) logged in. Below that is (Locked) and below that is Switch User. After I clicked on the User1 I am taken to my desktop where I see that the FBTS shows that the last time the task was run was day before yesterday. Here I would like to point out that before yesterday, whenever I went to check in the morning, on moving the mouse I was straightaway taken to my desktop without the user log in screen that I described earlier.

So what do you think happened? Without my knowledge?


Hi and welcome

do you have windows update set to automatically download and install?

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When I attempted to schedule a task using the Scheduled Task tool in Control Panel, I received the following error messages:
The new task has been created, but may not run because the account information could not be set.
The specific error is:
0x80070005: Access is denied.
Try using the Task page Browse button to locate the application.

Any assistance to resolve would be appreciated. Thanks!

A:Scheduled Task in Win XP unsuccessful

Are you the administrator on the computer? If so, do you have a password set for your user account? This could be possibly the problem. : )

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I'm wondering if there's a way to set up Windows Task Scheduler to run an audio stream at a certain time for an hour. I'm wanting to record something that airs while I'm at work. Does anyone know how to do this?

A:XP's Scheduled Task Question

I'm not sure about Task Scheduler, but what recording software are you using?

Audio Recorder Pro has a built-in timer so you can schedule recording times for audio streams by setting the start and finish times


WinAmp probably has a plugin that does the same job.

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Scheduled Task not running when "run whether user is logged on or not" option is selected? Is this an issue/bug in windows 7?

A:Scheduled Task not running

Hello Kulafu,

In Task Scheduler:
click "Enable all tasks history".
Right click the task and click Run.
Look at the Task History tab. (may need to wait a few minutes and click refresh)
Does it show the task started, attempted to run, completed, and are there any errors listed?
Can you specify:
What does your task need to do (what program are you trying to run)?
Was the task created with an Admin or Standard account?
Do you have an Admin account that is password protected?
Are you logged in with a Standard account when the task runs?
I've seen "issues" with this setting myself.
Sometimes the task does run, but the task window is not displayed for the currently logged on user.
So, it may seem the task did not run...but it did.
Even if it did run, did it run successfully?

I believe it's often due to permissions needed for the task, and what user (type) is logged on when the task runs.
If you are logged on with a Standard account, and the task needs to run with "Admin" privileges...that might be your issue.

Hope this helps,

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I have setup a Scheduled task to run a php script "Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore " http:\\scriptlocation\script.php?task=1. This is set to stop if it runs longer than 10 minutes. (This has been adjusted on the xml file as the options on the dropdown start at 1 hour) Also force to stop is checked.

The script runs OK but the task will not stop and shutdown explorer.

Any ideas I am not getting anywhere.


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I want to edit a scheduled task but can?t identify which one due to their mysterious names. How can I determine the right one?

A:Edit a scheduled task

Hiyya and welcome Herm I don't quite know what it is you mean do you mean start up services?

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Hi all,

I'm running a backup strategy (rsync over SSH) for the company I work for. We have mainly Linux systems, including our inhouse server, but two of the desktops are running Windows Vista. This problem is happening to both of them.

Scheduled Tasks won't run when either system is idle. Instead it runs when the OS is active again (which could be at any time). As we have nightly snapshots I need Vista to run the scheduled task regardless of whether the system is active or not.

Any suggestions?


A:Scheduled Task not running?

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I would like to run the following task on an XP machine once a week

net stop openvpnservice

(wait one hour)

net start openvpnservice
I can see how to start a scheduled task, but I don't see how to run this specific command.

Any help would be appreciated.

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I recently managed to create a musical wake up, using sheduled task and a bat file wich launches mplayerclassic and reads automatically the desired playlist.
Problem is, with this sheduled task, I can't stop the player because it doesn't appear anywhere.
I verified that I didn't checked "masked" in the general task options.
Also note that the bat file launched manually is showing the player correctly on the desktop and in the tasks manager allowing me to close it without having to reboot.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

A:Scheduled task invisible

Quote: Originally Posted by Leffe9

I recently managed to create a musical wake up, using sheduled task and a bat file wich launches mplayerclassic and reads automatically the desired playlist.
Problem is, with this sheduled task, I can't stop the player because it doesn't appear anywhere.
I verified that I didn't checked "masked" in the general task options.
Also note that the bat file launched manually is showing the player correctly on the desktop and in the tasks manager allowing me to close it without having to reboot.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

On the "General" tab, under security options, set it to run as your curreltly logged in user, then select "Run only when user is logged in.

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I am trying to use the free program FreeFileSync to do a nightly back up of some files and have had some trouble setting up the job. The syntax for the job would be "FreeFileSync myjob.batch" run from the utilities location.
I set the trigger to 2am each day, with the action to start the program from its location with the batch job file which is located in the same folder being the argument. Under conditions tab I set it so that it will wake the computer up to run the task and set it so that if another instance is running it will run in parallel in the settings tab. With that, the task did not run - anyone know what I did wrong?

A:setting up a scheduled task

Set the task to run the executable, starting in the folder with the ffs_batch, and with the ffs_batch as the argument.

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I like to use scheduled tasks to make my computer into an alarm clock. I just got this computer about 6 weeks ago, and when I tried this for the first time it wouldn't work well because something else kept waking it up early at odd hours. I gradually got that sorted to the point where I could try it again. My first trial task was named 'alarm', and when it didn't work I right-clicked on the task and deleted it. Now I can't use that name as it is apparently already in use. So I named it something else, and it works, but some task keeps waking the computer at 6am, M-F, the same as I had set for 'alarm'. I've looked through all the tasks, and a few have run at that time, but none of those are set to wake the computer. I've searched for 'alarm' and come up empty, but if it doesn't exist, why can't I use that name for a task now? Is it possible that the 'deleted' task is still running but not visible, and if so, how can I find it again? If that's not possible, how can I find what's waking my computer at 6am? I've been through every task in the scheduler, and nothing is set to do that as far as I can tell.

A:Scheduled task already exists

the possibilities are endless. it seems like every piece of commercial software will routinely connect to the internet on a set schedule, ranging from a daily check to a monthly check. if it happens daily, my first guess would be windows update, or maybe an antivirus program.

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