Vista Task Scheduler can't run OK *.BAT file

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Administration' started by Ron A. Zajac, Jul 15, 2007.

  1. Ron A. Zajac

    Ron A. Zajac Guest

    Pretty straight up situation.

    I have a batch file:

    "C:\TclStuff\Batch Files\PlaySomething.bat" Annie

    This runs on a command line just fine. It won't run from the Task Scheduler:

    Task Scheduler failed to start instance
    "{DA573AEA-805C-4477-8152-53B595EF95C9}" of "\Wake for Annie" task for user
    "a-PC\Ron A. Zajac" . Additional Data: Error Value: 2147942667.

    What gives?
    Ron A. Zajac, Jul 15, 2007
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  2. Ron

    In the Task Scheduler for this task, do you have the "Run with highest
    privileges" option enabled in the General Tab?
    Ronnie Vernon MVP, Jul 15, 2007
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  3. Ron A. Zajac

    Ron A. Zajac Guest


    Thanks for the suggestion.

    No, this option wasn't enabled. I enabled it, then issued a "Run" order
    again to test it. It didn't work. Here's the formatted ("friendly") Details

    - System

    - Provider

    [ Name] Microsoft-Windows-TaskScheduler
    [ Guid] {de7b24ea-73c8-4a09-985d-5bdadcfa9017}

    EventID 203

    Version 0

    Level 2

    Task 203

    Opcode 101

    Keywords 0x8000000000000000

    - TimeCreated

    [ SystemTime] 2007-07-16T10:56:30.270Z

    EventRecordID 2891

    - Correlation

    [ ActivityID] {E60BD601-7B36-4973-9586-316BC088C6A9}

    - Execution

    [ ProcessID] 4916
    [ ThreadID] 7592

    Channel Microsoft-Windows-TaskScheduler/Operational

    Computer a-PC

    - Security

    [ UserID] S-1-5-21-1865275644-502863341-2745678560-1001

    - EventData

    TaskName \Wake for Annie
    TaskInstanceId {E60BD601-7B36-4973-9586-316BC088C6A9}
    ActionName C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\cmd.exe
    ResultCode 2147942667

    I could mention the fact that the *.BAT has a header that runs another
    interpreter (tclsh). However, I feel this is likely a non-issue; if I can
    run it from a command line, why shouldn't the Scheduler be able to run it?
    On the off-chance it had something to do with the $path$, I quickly modified
    that header to invoke the tclsh using the full path (c:\Tcl\bin\tclsh); no

    Again, thanks for your kind ministrations! If another angle occurs to
    you, please keep me posted!

    -raz (Ron A. Zajac)
    Ron A. Zajac, Jul 16, 2007
  4. Ron A. Zajac

    Jimmy Brush Guest



    If it helps at all, that result code translates into this Win32 error code:

    Error # 267 (ERROR_DIRECTORY)
    The directory name is invalid.

    - JB
    Jimmy Brush, Jul 16, 2007
  5. Ron A. Zajac

    Ron A. Zajac Guest


    I guess that tell me something: You're saying that the cmd.exe is
    returning that error code? It still raises the question: Why would the
    manual run of the script go OK, whereas running it under the auspices of the
    Task Scheduler results in some kind of a directory path-related offense
    against the cmd.exe? Shouldn't the Task Scheduler--running "as" me--have the
    same environment as I do?

    Oh: And a sincere thanks for your interest!

    Ron A. Zajac, Jul 16, 2007
  6. Ron A. Zajac

    Jimmy Brush Guest

    I'm not really sure.

    Is your account an administrator account, or do you run as a standard
    user and elevate to a seperate admin account?

    Can you export your task to an xml file and then post the contents of
    that file so we can have a look?

    - JB
    Jimmy Brush, Jul 17, 2007
  7. Ron A. Zajac

    hexago Guest

    I had the same problem. I had to remove the quotation marks in the
    Start in field.

    Changed from "C.\Program Files\" to C.\Program Files\
    hexago, Jul 31, 2007
  8. Ron A. Zajac

    Jorge Luis Guest

    This worked for me, thank you very much!!

    If you are just wondering like me... quotation marks are needed for th
    name of the file you want to be executed but not for the directory t
    'Start in'


    Jorge Lui
    Jorge Luis, Sep 17, 2008
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    jjman Guest

    Brilliant! you save me from more hours of pulling m
    hair out
    jjman, Sep 25, 2009
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