Scheduled Tasks in XP

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  1. Erik.Ha

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    I have set up several "Scheduled tasks" in Windows XP, but for some reason, they don't run.

    Can anybody give me some info on what might be the problem?
     
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    Scheduled tasks have to assume the identity of a user, so in the task properties you have to specify the user account and password it will use. If you created the scheduled task then it probably already has your account name, but it doesn't know your password.
     
  3. Erik.Ha

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    Nope, that's not it...I manage to get that far... assigned each task to me and my password... still don't run.

    Thanks. Any other ideas?
     
  4. Rob Gillespie

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    What are the tasks for?

    Tasks fail either because of permissions or because the actual work item itself can't be started.
     
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    Do the tasks involve having to connect to the internet? If on dial up, you need to set your My ISP to automatically dial when it is activated (as opposed to waiting for the OK button to be pressed).

    Another idea: Are you shutting your computer off or putting it into Hibernation (START > TURN OFF COMPUTER > press the shift button to reveal the "Hibernate" option, press that)
     
  6. Greg Rakaska

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    I had a w2k server fail to run tasks because someone turned off the "Protected Storage" service which is used to encrypt the password needed to run the task. You might check that just in case.......
     
  7. Erik.Ha

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    Im on DSL so I dont think the dial up is a problem.

    Im not shutting my computer off or putting it in hibernation... should I be?
     
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    I have no idea what "protected storage" is... Can I get more details?
     
  9. Greg Rakaska

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    Look in Settings->Control Panel->Administrative Tools->Services, find it in the list of services, and make sure the Status is "Started", and Startup Type is "Automatic".

    It is more than likely running, but I mentioned it just in case.........
     
  10. Erik.Ha

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    Yeah- thats started.

    Lets ee- Scheduled tasks are :

    Disk Cleanup
    My Spyware cleaners
    My Virus scan
    And various web updaters for the above mentioned programs.

    Some HAVE run once or twice , but dont seem to run EVERY time theyre scheduled. Could it have something to do with if Im using the computer, not using it or have the screensaver running???
     
  11. Glenn Overholt

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    Try this then. repeat the scheduled task by adding a new one - like so you'd end up with two clean sweeps and have them both start up at the same time, sit back and wait!

    If it doesn't work, then you have a problem with your OS. Reinstalling should fix it, unless someone knows all of the files needed to get it going. Oh, your system clock is ok?

    Don't laugh. HP had a printer file that would kick the clock back an hour - occasionally.

    Oh, you can run cleansweep on it's own, right? Sorry, just have to ask. Just like it is easy to overlook the little box in the task manager options that lets you stop the scheduled task.

    Glenn
     
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    Many of those tasks keep a log-file (you must have logging enabled). It's possible that you may find some information there.

    Cees
     

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