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XP Task Scheduler & Passwords

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by jfh, Jan 31, 2007.

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  1. jfh

    jfh Thread Starter

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    My Task Scheduler will not work. When I try to schedule a task, at some point, I'm asked to enter a password, which I can't do as I don't recall ever entered any kind of password on this computer. No one uses it or has access to it but me, and there's nothing on it anyone but me would want, so I don't really have any need for administrator or other passwords. I gather from reading other threads that the Task Scheduler will not work without a password. This is not a major problem, as I can run my maintanance tasks manually, but I just want to verify that the Task Scheduler won't run without a password of some sort. (I do wonder why MS considers it necessary to build such protection around Task Scheduler).
     
  2. Elvandil

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    You need a password. It's a security feature so that malware can't run without your knowledge.

    But there are many other free schedulers, like PCInspector Task Manager.
     
  3. jfh

    jfh Thread Starter

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    Thanks, Elvandil. I may try a free scheduler - or just keep on running the "maintenance apps" manually. Nice to know the reason for the password requirement. jfh
     
  4. JohnWill

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    It's not a burden to have a password anyway. Also, you can simply create an account just for scheduled tasks that has a password and use that account to run all the scheduled tasks.
     
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