Task Scheduler error

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Rick, May 24, 2010.

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    Rick Guest

    A long time ago I scheduled a task to load up a certain
    utility at 7 am. However, I've just realized it never
    gets loaded. I went into Task Scheduler to see what's
    going on, and as it opened I get this error:

    "An error has occured for task Reminders - owner. Error
    message: the specified account name is not valid"

    I'm looking at my task and I see that "When running a
    task, use the following user account" is set to "RICK
    \owner". I'm not sure how to check if that's a valid
    account name. I don't log on to my computer with a
    username or password. Thanks for any help.
    Rick, May 24, 2010
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    Rick Guest

    Thanks. I'm making sure to load Task Scheduler as
    Administrator. I created a new task to load my small
    program using user name SYSTEM but it still fails. In
    the log I see "Action failed to start".

    I see other tasks with user name 'owner' have worked but
    I can't figure out how to enter that as the account
    name. If I click on 'Change Owner or Group' and enter
    'owner' it comes back as RICK\owner since it's starting
    at location 'RICK'.

    Not sure how to just enter my account name which I guess
    is RICK. 'Adminstrator' and 'administors' are not

    Any help would be appreciated!

    Rick, May 24, 2010
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    Rick Guest

    Great; thanks, I now have this one task working.

    But I'm still getting that original error message
    whenever I click on Task Scheduler (Local): "An error
    has occured for task Reminders - owner. Error
    message: the specified account name is not valid"

    I'm guessing it must be from tasks already in there.
    Out of 10 tasks already there three of them use account
    'owner-PC\owner'. I'm guessing that's not a valid
    account name on my machine. Maybe the root was 'owner-
    PC' when I first got the machine, and then I must have
    changed the root location from 'owner-PC' to 'RICK'.
    This is probably a task left over from before I changed

    Should I try disabling those tasks?
    Rick, May 25, 2010
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    Rick Guest

    Nah, there are seven tasks that load PCALUA.EXE with
    various arguments. OK, I just deleted the three that
    use account name 'owner-PC\owner' and I thought
    everything was fixed. But still every time I open Task
    Scheduler and then click on Task Scheduler (Local) on
    the left I still get that error message.

    I wonder what it's referring to with "task Reminders -
    owner". I don't see any task with that name.

    Rick, May 26, 2010
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    Rick Guest

    THANK YOU! I found the answer in one of those posts.
    The task "Reminders - owner" was some sort of ghost
    task: it didn't show in the WindowsCalendar folder even
    if I turned on "View Hidden Tasks". I had to go into
    Windows Explorer and look into the directory and there
    was a file by that name. I deleted the file and now I'm
    fine. I guess since its account name was invalid, it
    wouldn't show up in TS even though its presence was
    enough to generate an error.

    Now I have to figure out why instances of my new task
    running in the last two days don't show up in the
    History tab. But for now, I'm celebrating my victory.
    Your help was much appreciated.
    Rick, May 27, 2010
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    Rick Guest

    I'm using an ancient newsreader called Gravity. Did it
    do it this time?

    P.S. Is bottom-posting the general preference here?

    P.P.S. After I click my SEND command, Gravity asks me
    "Some lines in this message are longer than 80
    characters and may be hard to read on some displays. Do
    you want to continue sending? Yes/No." Rather than
    deleting any of the text of the previous posts, I am
    saying YES as I believe I have done each time. Let's
    see what happens...
    Rick, May 27, 2010
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