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Bradk

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My Task Scheduler has disappeared or was never there to begin with. How do I access the SYSTRAY to put it back in? Also what would cause it to disappear or not be installed in the first place? Thank you!!
 
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Task Scheduler starts by default and runs in the background. It doesn't have a tray icon, at least in Windows ME (can't remember for earlier versions).

To access Task Scheduler, go to Programs / Accessories / System Tools and select Scheduled Tasks.

I believe the process that runs is called mstask.exe, if this helps. You can make sure it's running by starting msconfig and clicking the Startup tab.
 
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It definately does have a tray icon...I think you can look at the settings in ME where you can add it to the tray. Do what savvy suggests and look for mstask.
 

TonyKlein

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Maybe you should start by opening Task Scheduler as Gnosiless advised you to, then go to Menu/Advanced, and see whether Mstask.exe is enabled at all.
If you see a menu item 'stop using task scheduler' it is.

If it isn't, choose 'start using task scheduler', and a System tray icon should appear.

Good luck,
 
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I should add that my Task Scheduler runs and works fine, but there is no icon. (Windows ME)
 

TonyKlein

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I'm running Win98 SE, and sometimes my icon disappears for an indefinite period of time, presumably to visit its relatives, or something.... :D
Mstask keeps on working though.

I've never been able to discover what causes this weird behavior.

It ought to sit in my system tray, as right now it is.
I suspect it isn't any different with WinME.

Grtz.
 
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Another random thought:

If you have TweakUI installed, you can prevent Task Scheduler from appearing by clicking on the Desktop tab and deselecting Scheduled Tasks. To fix it, of course, just start TweakUI and recheck the box.

Apparently, this is what I did (but forgot it totally), and that's why the Task Scheduler doesn't appear in the system tray.

If you don't have TweakUI, I would assume there is a registry key you can get to that accomplishes the same thing, but I have no idea what/where that key would be.
 

TonyKlein

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TweakUI does this by adding a subkey {D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF} (Scheduled Tasks) to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\

This shouldn't affect the system tray at all, though.

Grtz.
 

Bradk

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THANKS AGAIN ALL !!!!! Well now that I know where to "start" or "stop" TASK SCHEDULER, I have determined that it was in the "stop" mode. How it got that way no one will ever know. Also my main computer just decided to do a similar thing...the TS icon went away, yet the menu indicated that is was still running so I click on it twice and to my surprise it came back. So I have learned something new again today!! Until my next question...take care all!!!!!
 
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