Task Creation

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Task Scheduler5.0

Data type


Default value


0 | 1



Prevents users from creating new tasks in Scheduled Tasks.

A value of 1 removes the Add Scheduled Task item that starts the New Task wizard. Also, the system does not respond when users try to move, paste, or drag programs or documents into the Scheduled Tasks folder.

This entry stores the setting of the Disable New Task Creation Group Policy. Group Policy adds this entry to the registry with a value of 1 when you enable the policy. If you disable the policy or set it to Not configured, Group Policy deletes this entry from the registry, and the system behaves as though the value is 0.



0 (or not in the registry)

The policy is disabled or not configured. The user can create new tasks.


The policy is enabled. The user cannot create new tasks.

Change method

To change the value of this entry, use Group Policy. This entry corresponds to the Disable New Task Creation Group Policy (Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Task Scheduler).

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This entry does not prevent administrators of a computer from using At.exe to create new tasks or from submitting tasks from remote computers.

This entry can appear in both the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and HKEY_CURRENT_USER subtrees. If it appears in both subtrees, the entry in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE takes precedence over the entry in HKEY_CURRENT_USER.

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For detailed information about particular Group Policy settings, see the Windows 2000 Resource Kit Group Policy Reference.

For general information about Group Policy, see Windows 2000 Server Help or Windows 2000 Professional Help.

To see a table associating policies with their corresponding registry entries, see the Group Policy Registry Table .

Related Entries

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Task Creation (HKCU)

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Task Deletion (HKLM)