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The task scheduler service doesn't appear to exist.  The task scheduler icon in control panel has a blank title and a blank description.  Whenever I try to use the "AT" command it tells me the service is not started.  What is the exact name of the service, and/or how do I start or install it?
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by:i2q2
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From Administrative Tools in Windows, double-click Services.
In the Name column, right-click Task Scheduler, and then click Start.
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by:Dynamite149
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Its not in the list.  For some reason or other it looks like it doesn't install by default.  I'm not sure how to get it installed however...
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by:i2q2
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It gets installed by default. It could be removed by anti-spyware or Anti virus programs if the system is infected.  Check if a file mstask.exe exists in the Windows\System32 directory.  If it does rename it and run Windows repair using the Windows installation CD.
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by:Mase2k
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i2q2,
     I am experiencing this exact same problem. I checked windows\system32 and there is no mstask.exe file in there. There is an mstask.dll but no exe. I also checked one of my known working servers and there is no mstask.exe file in there either. Do you have any other suggestions? I have tried re-applying SP2 and re-installing IE6 as I saw some articles stating this may have something to do with it. Any help you can lend would be greatly appreciated. I hope its ok to add onto this issue...
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by:Dynamite149
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I've yet to find a solution.  I did the same reinstalling the service pack, still no luck..
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by:Mase2k
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Dynamite,
      Just out of curiosity did you run into any problems with your Internet Explorer not associating properly on the desktop? Did you just build this server recently? I just built this server two days ago and when it first came up the Internet Explorer wasn't seeing itself. I had to repair IE6 to get it to see right. Also this is one of the first times I have installed the server off a burnt image of 2003 server from our Volume Licensing Agreement. Did you by chance download an image and use that for this install? Just trying to think of things that I did differently when building this server. We currently have 35 deployed so I found it odd that this one was a problem...
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Specifically the screen that I ran into when double clicking Internet Explorer after building the server was the attached...
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by:Mase2k
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I attempted to call this into Microsoft Support as I believe it to be a system issue but they would not assist without my paying a $200+ support fee. I thought I remembered in the past they would not charge if it ended up being a system problem vs. a install/user problem. The technician I spoke to said I would be charged either way...
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Yeah it's installed off of a burnt image.  Downloaded from msdnaa.  Internet explorer did have a problem, but i installed IE7, which fixed that.  Best I can tell I think the windows installed must have skipped part of the installation, and never installed a few components.  Ive ran into a few other components missing as well.

I don't think there really is a good solution.  It'll likely take a reinstall to fix it.  However I can't lose the services on the machine, so atleast for me that won't work.
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Alright. It sounds like we both have the exact same issue then and it was caused by the burnt image provided by Microsoft. Re-install is not an option for me either as this is a production server. It sounds like Microsoft has a problem on their hands. I am surprised by how few people have made attempts at this case...
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