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    Default Task Scheduler service is not available

    when I enter task scheduler and press enter, the screen comes up.
    However, a popup appears with the following:

    task scheduler service is not available. task scheduler will attemp to reconnect to it.



    I then click on OK and the followng popup appears:

    an error occured for task reminders - jack.error message:
    the specified account name is invalid.

    I then click OK and then the task scheduler screen works okay.

    Tried running as administrator, tried with UAC off and still get the
    same messages. Also the service is running.

    Even though it works after clicking OK twice, I would like to fix the
    problem if I could, Any help would be appricated.

    Thanks

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    Have you recently changed the name of your computer? Not your account name but the name of the computer.

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    Hi roraniel

    Yes I did change the name of the computer

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    I read about this problem on an other forum and the solution was to create a new user account after renaming the computer, or change the computer name back.

    Try this:

    1 - Backup all data in My Docs, Email, Favorites, Desktop…
    2 - Create a "new user" on vista. Control Panel, User accounts, Create new user.
    3 - Logout of vista and reboot then logon as the new user.
    4 - Copy all data to the new account.
    5 - if you want. After you confirm that all data is restored and you have access to all your programs you can delete the old account.

    Edit: Make sure the new account is an administrator.
    Last edited by roraniel; 18th February 2009 at 05:52.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roraniel View Post
    I read about this problem on an other forum and the solution was to create a new user account after renaming the computer, or change the computer name back.

    Try this:

    1 - Backup all data in My Docs, Email, Favorites, Desktop…
    2 - Create a "new user" on vista. Control Panel, User accounts, Create new user.
    3 - Logout of vista and reboot then logon as the new user.
    4 - Copy all data to the new account.
    5 - if you want. After you confirm that all data is restored and you have access to all your programs you can delete the old account.

    Edit: Make sure the new account is an administrator.
    This is a great tip and I am sure that others will make use of it

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    Lets see if it actually works!

    Quote Originally Posted by seti View Post
    This is a great tip and I am sure that others will make use of it

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    Hi roraniel

    Since I forgot what the computer name was before I changed it,
    I tried creating a new account and made it an ADM.

    Rebooted and logged on as the new account.

    Before I copied the data to the new account, I tried running
    task scheduler.

    It came up with the same message, still pointing to the
    old account name even though I was using the new account.

    Thanks for your help

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    One additional thought. Did you clear any scheduled tasks? These would be looking for the old user account.

    Also look in the task scheduler event log and report back what it says.
    Last edited by roraniel; 18th February 2009 at 16:00.

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    No, I did not clear the task scheduler.

    I looked at the tasks and it showed the following:

    Microsoft
    Windows (28 folders of tasks)
    defender

    Kind of afraid to clear everything and have system crash on me.

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    I found this little nugget (below) and it may help. This scenario may not be your exact issue but the idea of removing all the ask and adding them back one by one to see if one is causing your problem makes sense. Also you may see which task is causing the problem in the event log and delete that one first. Read below and if you have any questions let us know.

    Direct from another forum:

    First off, I must give credit where credit is due so here is the link to
    the author who provided the actual fix:

    http://forums.cnet.com/5208-12546_10...sageID=2784696

    Now for a concise fix here so folks don't have to take the jump and
    read more gobbledygook that necessary. The Catastrophic error that you
    and I and everyone else are seeing is TOTALLY DIFFERENT than the normal
    corrupt msfeeds update fix so please try that fix if you wish but don't
    expect positive results. The cause here is a bad task somewhere else in
    the chain. Sadly, there is no easy to way to determine this so you're
    gonna need to do some hunting and pecking. Please perform the following
    steps:

    1. Go to C:\Windows\system32\Tasks and make a backup of all the tasks
    there somewhere else on your drive. I copied the whole folder content to
    my Documents folder.

    2. Take a quick look and see if there are any rogue tasks there that
    look like they're old XP leftovers that snuck in somehow during your
    Vista install and subsequent restore of stuff you used on your old XP
    box. The author at the link above found UniBlue's SpeedUpMyPC task
    caused his problem. In my case, the cause was a GoogleUpdateTaskUser
    task that was incompatible with Vista's Task Scheduler. IF you spot
    those off the bat easily, just delete it and see if your TS works
    properly again. In my case, the deletion of that one simple file fixed
    me completely.

    3. If you are not fortunate enough to find a rogue task off the bat,
    you will have some work ahead of you. Please delete everything in your
    Tasks directory (safe since you DO have a backup from step 1) and see if
    your Task Scheduler starts normally. It's virtually impossible it won't
    at that point and if it doesn't, then this technique is not for you and
    I would put everything back the way it was and continue to work with MS
    Support. Provided it does work normally, the work begins.

    4. Begin adding everything from your Task directory backup into the
    System32\Tasks directory ONE BY ONE. Tedious, yes, but the only way
    you'll find out what's causing problems. So add each task back in, fire
    up your scheduler and see if it behaves. Provided it does, continue
    adding until you find the broken task. You may have several so take your
    time! Once your done, keep those bad tasks out of that directory and
    seek fixes from the applicable software provider.

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