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Old 24th November 2004   #1
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Is there anyway to use windows scheduler (Win XP SP2) WITHOUT having to use a password when you startup?

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Hi Ace,

Not as far as I know - I tried some time ago. This is one of those Winows PIA's. Maybe someone did write a little app for this, but I never found one.

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Thanks Charles.

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Have you thought of using the command line instead. The AT command can do remarkable things.

C:\>at /?
The AT command schedules commands and programs to run on a computer at
a specified time and date. The Schedule service must be running to use
the AT command.

AT [\\computername] [ [id] [/DELETE] | /DELETE [/YES]]
AT [\\computername] time [/INTERACTIVE]
[ /EVERY:date[,...] | /NEXT:date[,...]] "command"

\\computername Specifies a remote computer. Commands are scheduled on the
local computer if this parameter is omitted.
id Is an identification number assigned to a scheduled
command.
/delete Cancels a scheduled command. If id is omitted, all the
scheduled commands on the computer are canceled.
/yes Used with cancel all jobs command when no further
confirmation is desired.
time Specifies the time when command is to run.
/interactive Allows the job to interact with the desktop of the user
who is logged on at the time the job runs.
/every:date[,...] Runs the command on each specified day(s) of the week or
month. If date is omitted, the current day of the month
is assumed.
/next:date[,...] Runs the specified command on the next occurrence of the
day (for example, next Thursday). If date is omitted, the
current day of the month is assumed.
"command" Is the Windows NT command, or batch program to be run.


More complete help file are available by running the command:
%windir%\hh.exe ms-its:C:\WINDOWS\Help\ntcmds.chm::/ntcmds.htm

from either a command window or the Run box.

A sample valid entry is:

AT 13:45 /every:M,T,W,Th,F,S,Su "C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\My Documents\Donfiles\Batches\BACKUP2.BAT"

That's all that's necessary to run my backup daily @ 1:45 pm, forever or until I choose to stop it. Much simpler that fooling with the GUI Windows Task Scheduler. It can run any executable program or if you need to open some file, it can run the command interpreter first and then open whatever you choose, without any interaction from you. I have no application for that feature but it's there if you do.

I think XP Pro may have an even better command called schtasks but alas, it isn't on my XP Home. It is able to deal with passwords without user interaction.

Schtasks

Command line reference


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It should be on XP-home - or at least I can't find a reference that suggests it is a Pro-only utility.

Even if it is, I'd bet on it working with home if you could get a copy somewhere. The other option would be trying a copy of jt.exe that was written to do the same things for Win2K.

Note that Win2K will make use of schtasks.exe if you do This tweak.

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I thought so too Newt but it was never included with my HP OEM version of XP Home. No CD either so even if it's on there..

I don't really need it since I don't do passwords but I thought AcdH might like to give it a shot. If he has it on XP Home, then maybe it came out after my version was released. Story of my life..

EDIT: I just checked my son's XP Home version (2 months old) and it doesn't have schtasks.exe either.


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OK first hi all I just registered in the forum to get help on this..

I tested both at.exe and schtasks.exe programs, and they both use the winxp's task scheduler to do it.. they are just a DOS version of the wizard.

Man, I've been trying to get this done for 2hrs and I can't.. any more ideas?

Thanks.

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I ****ING GOT IT!! WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEWWWWWWWW

Backup your registry before modifying. Locate the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa

Value name: limitblankpassworduse
Type: REG_DWORD
Data: 0 (disabled) 1 (enabled)

It is enabled by default. Disable it and scheduled tasks should run

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Well done for finding that one that's ideal!!

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