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    Task Scheduler Passwords (WinXP)

    I know I have seen this, but can't find it now. I want to enable several tasks, but they insist that I need to have a password posted. I am the administrator for this box--and the only user--and have NO passwords enabled. How do I make it run these tasks? (HELP says they are not necessary--but it lies! <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20> )
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    Re: Task Scheduler Passwords (WinXP)

    Have you tried to just click OK without entering anything in the password box? This should correspond to "no" password. You also may have to do this a few times before it gets the hint and doesn't ask again. <img src=/S/bummer.gif border=0 alt=bummer width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Task Scheduler Passwords (WinXP)

    Yes, I did. It continues to state that it couldn't start the task because the userID & PW were missing (I am paraphrasing because I am now at school...) When I typed in a password, it changed to say that the UN & PW were incorrect.

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    Re: Task Scheduler Passwords (WinXP)

    The Task Scheduler does REQUIRE a password and it MUST be the one of the account wanting to run the tasks. There are NO if, and, or, butts about it, the password is requried.

    Where in the help does say the pasword is NOT required?


    The following is from a KB found by Help and Support
    <font color=blue>Task Scheduler Does Not Run Tasks When "Run As" User Account Has No Password
    Applies To
    This article was previously published under Q311119
    SYMPTOMS
    Task Scheduler may not run the tasks you or a third-party program specify. When you view Task Scheduler, you may see a "Could not Start" status next to the task.
    CAUSE
    This problem can occur if you do not have a password set for the user that is scheduling the tasks. <font color=red>Windows XP and Windows 2000 require that local user accounts that are running scheduled tasks must have a password for their account. It is possible for domain accounts to run tasks without passwords. </font color=red>
    RESOLUTION
    To work around this problem, create a password for the user account:
    Double-click User Accounts in Control Panel.
    Select your user account, and then click Create a Password for this account.
    After you create a password, log off the computer. Your new password takes effect when you next log on.
    Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Scheduled Tasks.
    Double click the task you want to run, and then make sure that the Run as box has your account name in the computer nameuser name format. Click Set Password, type the new password you created for your account, and then click OK. The Task should now run as scheduled.
    STATUS
    Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.
    MORE INFORMATION
    For users that are upgrading from Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition, or Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me), previously-scheduled tasks may not run until the user that was scheduling tasks creates a password for his or her account, and then specifies the account information in each task as described earlier in this article.
    The information in this article applies to:
    Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
    Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    Last Reviewed: 8/6/2002 (1.0)
    Keywords: kbprb KB311119 </font color=blue>

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    Re: Task Scheduler Passwords (WinXP)

    I will follow this KB. Thanks for the information.

    As for the Help question, this is what I read that made me confused (under Scheduled Tasks and Security):

    "Setting user credentials
    When you create a task, you must provide a user name and a password, thus setting the security context in which the task can run. Multiple users of a computer can each have their own scheduled tasks.

    Once a user name and password are set, another user cannot cancel or delete the task unless the user has the correct permissions.

    Notes

    *You must enter a user name in the Scheduled Task Wizard before you can finish scheduling a task.
    *You can change or set a new password by selecting the *Open advanced properties for this task when I click Finish* check box on the final page of the wizard. Passwords are not required. "

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    Re: Task Scheduler Passwords (WinXP)

    This looks all good and well to get the Task Scheduler to run, but I have a nuisance with my scheduled tasks (not serious enough to call a problem). We are forced to change passwords rather frequently, and each time the password changes I have to go through my list of scheduled items and update all their passwords as well. One of my networking apps allows me to automatically log in using the userid and password supplied at login. Is there a way to have tasks behave this way as well, not having any user and password hard-coded but just running with the credentials of the currently-logged-in user?

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