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Task Scheduler (System Services for the Windows Server 2003 Family and Windows XP Operating Systems)

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Service Name: Schedule

Executable Name: svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Log On As: LocalSystem

Description: The Task Scheduler service allows you to perform automated tasks on a computer. By using Task Scheduler, you can schedule any script, program, or document to run at a time that is most convenient for you.

By using Task Scheduler, you can:

  • Schedule a task to run daily, weekly, monthly, or at certain times (such as system startup).

  • Change the schedule for a task.

  • Stop a scheduled task.

  • Customize how a task runs at a scheduled time.

Each scheduled task you create is stored as a .job file in the C:\Windows\Tasks folder. The .job file contains the properties and configuration information for the task. You can create a scheduled task on your computer and then drag the .job object to a remote computer. After you drag a task from one computer to another, you must update the account information for the task before it will run. Removing a scheduled task removes only the .job file from the schedule. The program file the task runs is not removed from the hard disk.

When you first install Windows Server 2003, the Task Scheduler service is started. By default, you must be a member of the Administrators, Backup Operators, or Server Operators group on the local computer to view, add, edit, or delete scheduled tasks, or to disable, pause, or restart the Task Scheduler service.

The Task Scheduler service can be started from the Services snap-in or set to automatically start. Task Scheduler can be accessed from the Task Scheduler graphical user interface by using the Task Scheduler API as described in the Microsoft Platform Software Development (SDK), or by using the Schtasks.exe tool.

For more information about Task Scheduler APIs, see the Microsoft Platform SDK link on the Web Resources page (

If this service is stopped or disabled, tasks do not run at their scheduled times. For example, jobs that are scheduled to run do not run at their designated time or interval. If there are no jobs listed in the systemroot\Tasks\ folder, the effect of disabling this service is minimal; otherwise, jobs that are required to run might be severely impacted.

Available on: Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition; Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition; Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition and Windows Server 2003, Web Edition

Installed through: Default operating system installation

Startup type: Automatic

Service status: Started

This service depends on the following system components:

Remote Procedure Call (RPC)

The following system components depend on this service:


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