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When I try to start the Task Scheduler from Control Panel, Services, I get the following error message:

The Task Scheduler service failed to start due to the following error: The system cannot find the file specified.

What files do I need to have to run the Task Scheduler. I tried reapplying SP3, but this didn't work. I do not want to reinstall NT, I have to much configured to do that.

I am running WinNT 4.0 with SP3.

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by:debtoine
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by:dankh
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Hi,

 
   I believe that Task Scheduler program/file is related to the Resource Kit.  If you have the RK, look there.
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by:debtoine
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The Resource kit only provides you with a GUI to the task scheduler. But, just to be sure, I reinstalled the RK, but that didn't do the trick.

Thanks, though!

Toine
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by:carmine
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The Schedule service uses the following executable:

%SystemRoot%\System32\AtSvc.Exe

Try copying this from original NT CD.
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by:dwatts
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As Carmine said atsvc.exe is the executable name.

Other files that is dependent upon include:
MSVCRT.DLL
ADVAPI32.DLL
KERNEL32.DLL
RPCRT4.DL
NTDLL.DLL
NETAPI32.DLL
CRTDLL.DLL

You should have these on your system as they are used by many things.  If you are just missing atsvc.exe then copy it from the original CD and give the points to Carmine.  Hope this helps.
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by:dwatts
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Dankh - You are thinking of WinAt which is a GUI for the Scheduler.
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by:debtoine
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dwatts/carmine

I already checked the atsvc.exe. Let me list the files I have,
and their sizes/dates. Let me know if those are different. Btw, I am using NT Workstation.

These are the files I have:

08-05-97  10:18a               280,576 msvcrt.dll
04-30-97  11:00p               246,544 ADVAPI32.DLL
04-30-97  11:00p               372,496 KERNEL32.DLL
04-30-97  11:00p               355,088 NTDLL.DLL
04-30-97  11:00p               224,528 NETAPI32.DLL
08-09-96  12:00a               149,264 crtdll.dll
04-30-97  11:00p               317,200 RPCRT4.DLL
08-09-96  12:00a                22,800 atsvc.exe

Thanks for your help.
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by:carmine
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Also check the registry entry for the service using regedt32:

HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Schedule\ImagePath

This should be of type REG_EXPAND_SZ and have the value:
%SystemRoot%\System32\AtSvc.Exe
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by:debtoine
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Carmine~

That did the trick. Please post an answer like that, and I'll reward you the points.

TL
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The Schedule service uses the following executable:

%SystemRoot%\System32\AtSvc.Exe

Try copying this from original NT CD. It's not been updated as far as SP3.

Also check the registry entry for the service using regedt32:

HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Schedule\ImagePath

This should be of type REG_EXPAND_SZ and have the value:
%SystemRoot%\System32\AtSvc.Exe

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by:debtoine
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Thank you Carmine!

TL
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by:Hans_Olav
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The Task Scheduler uses the following files:
%SystemRoot%\system32\MSTask.exe
%SystemRoot%\system32\MSTask.dll

You'l get the files if you reinstall MS InternetExplorer5
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by:Hans_Olav
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The Task Scheduler uses the following files:
%SystemRoot%\system32\MSTask.exe
%SystemRoot%\system32\MSTask.dll

You'l get the files if you reinstall MS InternetExplorer5
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