Task Scheduler

 

General Information

None at this time

Windows 8

Default Description

Enables a user to configure and schedule automated tasks on this computer. The service also hosts multiple Windows system-critical tasks. If this service is stopped or disabled, these tasks will not be run at their scheduled times. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0
Windows 8 x86 Automatic (Started)
Windows 8 x64 Automatic (Started)
Windows 8 Pro x86 Automatic (Started)
Windows 8 Pro x64 Automatic (Started)
Windows 8 Enterprise x86 Automatic (Started)
Windows 8 Enterprise x64 Automatic (Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): Schedule
Display Name: Task Scheduler

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Log On As

Account: Local System account (unchangeable)

Dependencies

Note: No dependencies are listed for any service in the WDP build I used to draft this information.

Windows 7

Default Description

Enables a user to configure and schedule automated tasks on this computer. The service also hosts multiple Windows system-critical tasks. If this service is stopped or disabled, these tasks will not be run at their scheduled times. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Additional Information

This services startup type cannot be changed via services.msc.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1
Windows 7 Starter Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Windows 7 Home Basic Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Windows 7 Home Premium Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Windows 7 Professional Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Windows 7 Ultimate Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Windows 7 Enterprise Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): Schedule
Display Name: Task Scheduler

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Log On As

Account: Local System account (unchangeable)

Dependencies

What service Task Scheduler needs to function properly:

What other service require Task Scheduler to function properly:

  • None (S, HB, HP, P, U, E)

Windows Vista

Default Description

Enables a user to configure and schedule automated tasks on this computer. If this service is stopped, these tasks will not be run at their scheduled times. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Additional Information

This is another service that cannot be stopped or disabled by using services.msc. The associated process taskeng.exe uses about 8MB to 14MB of RAM.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2
Vista Home Basic Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Vista Home Premium Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Vista Business Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Vista Ultimate Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Vista Enterprise Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): Schedule
Display Name: Task Scheduler

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Log On As

Account: Local System account (unchangeable)

Dependencies

What service Task Scheduler needs to function properly:

What other service require Task Scheduler to function properly:

  • None (HB, HP, B, U)

Windows XP Pro x64

Default Description

Enables a user to configure and schedule automated tasks on this computer. If this service is stopped, these tasks will not be run at their scheduled times. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Additional Information

You use this service to schedule maintenance, Microsoft Backup sessions, or maybe even Auto Update. Some third party software may require this service to be active for automated functions, such as virus scanners, system maintenance tools, and automatic patch/driver lookups.

Take note: BootVis requires <strong >Task Schedulerand COM+ Event System to be running if you wish to take advantage of the “optimize system” function. Why may you need this service? It is due to the pre-fetching function built into Windows XP.

Another Note: Pre-fetching only occurs on boot up and application start, so if you do not care about a few extra seconds of boot time, do not even bother with it and disable Task Scheduler. On some applications, the pre-fetching feature really does help. Only you can decide whether to use its functionality and if it helps in the performance of your system. An example of a system that may not need pre-fetching would be a web server as the only time the application starts is at boot and continues uninterupted for extended periods of time.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2
XP Pro x64 ? ? Automatic

Service Names

Service Name (registry): Schedule
Display Name: Task Scheduler

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service Task Scheduler needs to function properly:

What other service require Task Scheduler to function properly:

  • None

Windows XP

Default Description

Enables a user to configure and schedule automated tasks on this computer. If this service is stopped, these tasks will not be run at their scheduled times. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Additional Information

You use this service to schedule maintenance, Microsoft Backup sessions, or maybe even Auto Update. Some third party software may require this service to be active for automated functions, such as virus scanners, system maintenance tools, and automatic patch/driver lookups.

Take note: BootVis requires <strong >Task Schedulerand COM+ Event System to be running if you wish to take advantage of the “optimize system” function. Why may you need this service? It is due to the pre-fetching function built into Windows XP.

Another Note: Pre-fetching only occurs on boot up and application start, so if you do not care about a few extra seconds of boot time, do not even bother with it and disable Task Scheduler. On some applications, the pre-fetching feature really does help. Only you can decide whether to use its functionality and if it helps in the performance of your system. An example of a system that may not need pre-fetching would be a web server as the only time the application starts is at boot and continues uninterupted for extended periods of time.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2 SP3
XP Home Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
XP MCE 2005 Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
XP Pro Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
XP Tablet PC 2005 Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): Schedule
Display Name: Task Scheduler

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service Task Scheduler needs to function properly:

What other service require Task Scheduler to function properly:

  • None (H, M, P, T)

Additional Reading

None at this time.