Win XP Pro - scheduled tasks

I need more information about scheduled tasks.

My backup software does not work. I get error logs.

I need more examples to make it work.

This isn't a lot of information to go.

Here are a few notes unattractive, I have about scheduled tasks that can help you get started.  One day I have to make it more presentable:

It is strongly suggested that the task entrusted to a user with a password (using the administrator account is not recommended), so create a new user with a password just for tasks or add a password to your account, if necessary.

You can temporarily assign a password for test and worry about that later. This time just to see if your ST mechanism works correctly.

If you configure the task to use the same account that you log in, you'll usually be able to see the task to launch and start running while you use the computer.  It is useful to see the task run in front of your eyes.

If you configure the task to use another account that connect with the task must run again (and you see it), but for the test, use your own login account and then change the account of the task uses later when you're sure that it all works.

If you try to create a new task by using an account that does not have a password, you will get this error trying to create the task:

The new task has been created, but may not work because the account information could not be set.

The specific error is 0x80070005: access is denied.

Still, the task will be created, but it will not run correctly.

Is there a way to get around that, but get this working first for if ensure your mechanism of the scheduled task is not afflicted.

Stop the Task Scheduler service. Click on start, settings, Control Panel, administrative tools, services and locate the Task Scheduler Service and stop it.

Remove or rename the scheduled task probably cluttered log file that is usually found here:


Restart the Task Scheduler service to create a new journal (it's just a text file) and verify that a new log file has been created and that it looks like this:

"Task Scheduler service".

Started on 01/01/2010 06:26:43

[* The most recent entry is above this line *]

Navigate to the folder c:\windows\tasks to see all your tasks. Expand the Explorer window you can see all the columns interest by dragging the column headers for each column.

The next columns Run Time, last run time, status and latest results are interesting. You can also click Advanced and view the log file of ST from here.

Choose to add scheduled task.  Create a new task to run once command prompt now.  If you do not have a PW on your account, you will get an error while trying to create it (more on that later).  The new task will still be created, but it will never run. Assign a password to your account, at least temporarily, to test your mechanism of the scheduled task.

After you have assigned your login password account temporarily, adjust the new scheduled task, you created to run the command prompt so that it uses the same account and password used to log on to Windows and the task must configure and save without error.

Right-click the new task command prompt and choose run and a command window should open immediately.  If this isn't the case, something is wrong.  If so, your mechanism is healthy.  Examine the log file to view your results.

Given that the task of the command prompt is configured to run under your account, that is why you will see the command prompt window open immediately.  If you have configured the task to use a different account (with a password of course), the task of the command prompt would run under this name of users (not your own) and you wouldn't open the command prompt window, but the task would be running and you can see in the Task Manager.  This way you know your ST mechanism works.

Now that you know how to execute tasks manually, how to observe the columns of information, to know how to remove the log file, you can apply this knowledge to your new task.  Make sure that the Task Scheduler service is running again if you don't stop it to remove the log during the test.

Assign properties to your new task or annoying that match your login (at least for testing), observe the columns and the newspaper.  If your task fails to run manually, errors in the log file are the clues to find out what to do next.

Always try to return to the simple task of command prompt that you created to make sure that the ST mechanism working properly - before you know for sure that one works.  Then apply your knowledge to get your new task to work.

You can edit the task properties to use your login account and password since you know it is working on the task from the command prompt.  If you change your new task and choose to run it and logged in with the same account, you should see your Execute task.  When you are satisfied, it is not working properly, you probably don't want to interrupt you while you are connected, so change it back the properties to use another connection to the user account that has a password that you have created just to run your scheduled tasks.

Tasks that are created by other applications will use the special account NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM.  This account has no password and is typically used for system-oriented tasks, but you will only be able to see the performance when you use the Task Manager.

If you try to manually run a ST as you see it open any window to run, but you will see running in Manager tasks and in the log file.  If you want to see actually run, change the properties to use your account and password, solve the task, and then change the properties back and test it again.

These types of tasks can work very well, but you can tell by the log file, looking in the Task Manager, or columns of status in the folder tasks.  If you temporarily modify the task to use the same account and password you use to log in, you will be able to watch him run.

Once you understand how to get a simple task like working of command prompt and you know where is the log file and how to edit the task properties, you can work on your new task or afflicted and make it work.

There are ways around some of the restrictions and requirements, but it is best to only use what you have and use wisely.

A common problem with scheduled tasks is that there is no password for the account used to create the task or people expect to 'see' the task running when it is not assigned to their connection and when theydon can't see anything and think that the job is not running.  This isn't how it works.  The log file and the Task Manager will tell you what is actually happening.

If you're used to not having a password on your account because you do not have to enter a when you login or you are the only user on your system and decide to start using some mesh, it is sometimes easier to simply assign a password for your account, or just create a new user account XP with a password and use it for the m.  You can assign a password to your account and still have your system set in place to never ask for a password when you sign in, but you must remember your password - or set up a new account just for your scheduled tasks.

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