stopping task schedular

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Andy, Jun 24, 2007.

  1. Andy

    Andy Guest

    How do you stop Task Scheduler service running in vista all the buttons to
    disable it are greyed and cannot be pressed. I have even tried stopping Task
    Scheduler in msconfig but when I restart PC it starts up again - I
    absolutely hate things running in the background like this doing checks and
    the like without my say so and using up precious computing power and
    overworking the hard drive and I want to just disable the task schedule
    service - why wont Vista let me do this? - XP let me.


    Andy, Jun 24, 2007
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  2. Andy

    Jon Guest

    You could disable it via the registry, by changing the value of

    'Start ' from 2 to 4 at


    and then rebooting.

    Not sure what the full consequences of that would be, but if you'd like to
    be the group guinea pig and report back on whether your machine did or did
    not stop functioning, then I'm sure we could all learn from the experience.
    Jon, Jun 24, 2007
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  3. Andy

    seth Guest

    i guess i would be the guinea pig here...after i saw the first posting i
    changed that reg value and rebooted then saw the reply
    nothing to report for errors
    seth, Jun 24, 2007
  4. Andy

    Andy Guest

    Thanks very much - no errors showing and I have just been in services and it
    now says disabled which is great shame there is not an easy way to turn it
    on and off rather than doing it through registry but maybe that will be in
    the free download of tweakuivista.exe when it comes out ;-)

    Where did you learn that little gem anyway?


    Andy, Jun 24, 2007
  5. Andy

    Jon Guest

    That's a general trick you can apply to any service if you get its name via

    Also thanks to you and Seth for posting back - not everyone reports back.
    I'd disabled a fair number of the tasks (hidden and unhidden) in there, but
    there were a few I'd left running just in case. So I learned from the
    experience too. I use task scheduler for my own purposes, so I wouldnt'
    personally disable it completely, but useful to know that none of those
    tasks are essential to the operating system
    Jon, Jun 24, 2007
  6. Andy

    Andy Guest

    I think its only common courtesy that people report back especially if
    someone has sorted them out.

    This disabling the scheduler totally shouldn't affect the scheduling of
    antivirus programs (updating and scans) should it? - I use AVG 7.5 Free

    Andy, Jun 24, 2007
  7. Andy

    Jon Guest

    Unlikely, since it probably has its own dedicated service, - but its's a
    fairly radical change and won't be completely without loss of functionality
    for other Windows features eg Calendar reminders, automatic system restore
    points, background defrags etc. So only you can decide whether it's worth it
    Jon, Jun 24, 2007
  8. Andy

    Andy Guest

    Well I hate background Defrags anyway that surely overworks the hard disk
    and hogs resources.
    Andy, Jun 24, 2007
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