Win XP task scheduler supposedly not running

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I've got a customers Windows XP Professional machine which tells me the "Some tasks did not execute at their scheduled times because the Task Scheduler Service was not running. You can view the list of missed tasks and attempt to run them again, from within the Scheduled Tasks folder.". But, according to the Services control applet, the task scheduler IS running, and I've been able to run the tasks in question (virus scan, defrag, etc.) manually with no problem. Also have left the computer running constantly, but the popups keep occurring. Any ideas? Thanks, Bob

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Any entries in the event logs related to that?

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  • Ilarge
    We've had a similar problem with XP machines. Our solution: Stop the Task Scheduler service Stop and disable the Human Interface Device service Start the Tash Scheduler. It should then work correctly. If the machine is NT you need to have better than IE5 and you must have the Offline Browsing Pack option installed. HTH Ian
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  • Poppaman
    Further to Ian's note: make sure that the scheduler service is set to "Automatic" not manual...
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  • Bobkberg
    Thanks to all who've provided feedback. Here's the current status. 1) There are no entries in the Event Logs that jumped out at me originally, but I've since found several relating to "ESENT" database starting and stopping things. 2) I've disabled the "Human Interface Access" manager, and made sure the Task Scheduler is set to Automatic. 3) From separate research, I've learned that the user must have a password - an "empty" password will also cause this problem, so that's fixed now also. 4) Even though these things have been done, the tasks are still not running, but I'm not getting the popup. 5) When looking at the Event Viewer, the messages take me to a page at Microsoft which I don't yet understand. 6) SOME programs now appear to be running, thanks to the above fixes. So, I'm considering the matter closed. Thanks again - all who responded. Bob
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  • Orionizer
    One last thought - do you have any kind of maintenance for any program(s) running at the same time? Some program maintenance modes will disable the Task Scheduler...
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  • Bobkberg
    [...] tasks did not execute at their scheduled times because the task scheduler Service was not running.http://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/itanswers/win-xp-task-scheduler-supposedly-not-running/AbleFTPEasy to use task scheduler: No programming or scripting required, graphical interface ... Try [...]
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  • EnterpriseDesktopATE
    For more on the Windows Task Schedule, this article from SearchEnterpriseDesktop could help answer some more questions.
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  • SilverStrand
    I had the same problem as the questioner... i tried this and it got resolved go to task scheduler from accessories > system tools... in the taskbar File | Edit | View | Favorites | Tools | Advanced | Help Click advanced and select "view hidden tasks" delete all of them as theyre unnecessary (unless if u can say that they are not) reboot. SilverStrand
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  • SilverStrand
    seems like that was just a temporary solution... i got the problem going on again. this time i tried another thing.... in the same Advanced tab : uncheck "Notify me about missed tasks" i dunno if it works but supposedly, it should ! Cheers, SilverStrand
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