Troubleshooting Scheduled Tasks

If a scheduled task does not run when you expect it to, right-click the task, and then click Properties. On the Task tab, verify that the Enabled check box is selected. On the Schedule tab, verify that the schedule is set correctly.

If a task program does not run correctly, you might need to add command-line options to the path of the program. For more information about a particular program and its command-line options, try one of the following:

If available, view Help for the program.

At a command prompt, type the following (where program is the name of the task program you are trying to run): program /? 

You can also check the Status column in the Scheduled Tasks window. The following table describes the status types.

Status

Description

Blank

The task is not running, or it ran and was successful. 

Running

The task is currently being run.

Missed

One or more attempts to run this task was missed.

Could not start 

The most recent attempt to start the task failed.

For more information about the status of a scheduled task, you can check the SchedLgU.txt log file. This log file for Scheduled Tasks is stored in the Windows folder, where it is used to record the activity of scheduled tasks. You can use the log file to determine why a task might have stopped, or to check on the status of a task.

Note

If you cannot run any scheduled tasks on your computer, and your computer is connected to a domain, see your system administrator to make sure that the Scheduled Tasks service is turned on.

If a user is not logged on at the time the task is scheduled to run, the task runs, but it will not be visible.

To check the status of a scheduled task, on the View menu, click Details, and then scroll to view the Status column.



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