12 replies on 7 things you can do with the existing tasks from Task Scheduler

  1. mlrodvog says:

    This is WORTHLESS! It claims:
    Navigate through the folders of the ‘Task Scheduler Library’ to find the task that you want to run

    I created one and it’s not visible.
    I tried to create it again and I’m told it’s already created.


    • Ciprian Adrian Rusen says:

      Simply click on the Task Scheduler Library, found in the left pane. There you should have a list of tasks, each having a column called Author – showing the user who created it.

      If the task you created is not there, then browse through the other folders found under the Task Scheduler Library.

      Be patient and look carefully. If the task was created without errors, it will be there, somewhere.

  2. Corina says:

    I did the same thing. Looked through every folder. The new tasks are in the very first folder in the Task Scheduler library (but you have to click on it to see the tasks you created.)

  3. Wayne Tabor says:

    I had the same issue reported by the others. The key issue here is where people are looking for the task. The Task Scheduler Library item is shown on the left pane. However when you select it, what you need to be looking for is the task list shown in the SECOND pane, upper sub-section. What makes this more confusing is that I and other people want to treat the first pane like the normal Windows File browser by clicking the arrow to expand Task Scheduler Library. At that point you only see other Folders such as Games, Microsoft, WMD, etc. You don’t see any actual tasks (like your self-created ones) in there. But again, the focus needs to be on the SECOND pane after selecting Task Scheduler Library in the first pane.

  4. BoogieWoogie says:

    f***, Microsoft’s UI design for this feature is just appalling. The more features they add, the worse it gets…

    Initially, you can see the tasks you created, in the Task Status pane, but you cannot edit them from that view.

    So everyone manually searches through every one of the dozens of nodes and hundreds of tasks, to find their tasks, so they can edit them.

  5. Chule says:

    Found my task only by going to C:WindowsSystem32Tasks on Windows 7-64bit. Somehow this would not show up in the GUI tree. My task’s trigger was “Startup” so maybe that is a special case? What a pain!

  6. Nazar says:

    I had the same issue. Looked in every folder for my task in the left panel. Then pushed refresh button at the right panel and fortunately my task appeared in middle area.

  7. Eriksto909 says:

    Microsoft should be working not on ugly metro crap features but improving outdated looking/functioning programs such as task scheduler for those of us that dig deeper into the OS. Don’t forget about us. Lets redesign it for Windows 10!

  8. Edward L Muniz says:

    Interested to know what happens if I disable a task that is running. I would like to keep the task from running on the next boot and would not like to stop the running task in the current session. Does disabling the task, if its status is “running,” end the task for the current session?

  9. Charlie B says:

    Very helpful and well documented. Thank you for providing this information and explaining it detail.

  10. DCUSR says:

    I’ve navigated to the right part f the Task Scheduler without incident and changed the times the Update Orchestrator should run so that it won’t wake the machine in the middle of the night. But the changes can’t be saved, because SECURITY_LOCAL_SYSTEM_RID aka ‘User’ S-1-5-18 demands a password. I’ve called Microsoft about this and the ‘escalated’ support technician had no idea what I was talking about and blamed me for not having that password. Here’s what a responant on another forum discussion about this problem says: “S-1-5-18 is SECURITY_LOCAL_SYSTEM_RID (A special account used by the operating system) – see Well-known SIDs (Windows) It doesn’t have a password.

    The C:WindowsSystem32TasksMicrosoftWindowsUpdateOrchestratorReboot object (on my PC) is owned by Administrators group with LOCAL SERVICE and Administrators having Read/Execute authority and SYSTEM having full control. You should be able to (and I can) change it if you are part of the Administrators group. You don’t need the built in Administrator.”
    Well on my machine it DOES have a password, and changing user permissions to provide full control over Task Scheduler to the administrator accounts was blocked by the system.
    So no changes possible to Update Orchestrator or any other task in Task Scheduler!

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