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Microsoft Scheduled Tasks are Flaky

January 3rd, 2004 Tony Leave a comment Go to comments

Has anyone else noticed that ‘Scheduled Tasks’ in Windows are not as reliable as a cron job? This is the third time I have found a scheduled task that seems to have come under some spell and just quits functioning. The behavior is this:

You check on a scheduled task and see its last status is “Unable to Start”.

You try to manually run it and nothing happens.

The fix seems to be to simply apply any changes. Somehow that kicks it in the arse and it magically works fine again. I usually just change the password on the task (to the original password).

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