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Windows 2000 Scheduled Tasks stops working after changing password

jornt asked
Last Modified: 2010-04-14
On a computer running Windows 2000, SP4, IE6, I have about 30 scheduled tasks configured to run under a domain account having admin rights on this computer.

After changing the accounts password, the scheduled tasks stopped working ("could not run"). I went through the list of tasks and updated them with the new password, and thought that would do it. But the tasks would only run maybe one or two times, then they stopped working again as if the task scheduler had forgot the new password.

As a temporary solution, I tried to change the password back to the original one, and the tasks started to work as normal. But I really want them to work with a different password, as the current password is pretty weak.
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The tasks need access to other computers on the network, so I think I need to use a domain account. I can't believe that there is no other solution to this problem ?

A lot of the tasks got more than one schedule, so it would take time to recreate all of them every time the password changes :o/
Well like I said in my initial post... don't use a USER domain account (one you will change the password for) b/c for some reason if you change the password it messes everything up, even though it shouldn't.  Use a domain account with enough rights to get the task done and dont change the password.


At last...  I've now changed the user account as well as the password, and it seems like it's working. I got a bit confused yesterday, because I both changed password, and then tried to change account on a couple of tasks, but still there were some tasks that wouldn't run. Now I discovered that two of the tasks, which contain code to start other tasks automatically, had the old username and password hardcoded. These tasks were accidently the same tasks where I tried to change account yesterday.

The conclusion must be that every time I want to change the password, I must also change the user account.

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