how to remove tasks using a GPO or kixscripts

Posted on 2014-08-27
Last Modified: 2014-09-02
I've done some searching for a way to remove scheduled tasks on my network. I want to remove some of the scheduled tasks such as Adobe and Java updates etc. from the task list and haven't found anything that I can see that would work.
Also, there are some services that I want disabled such as media sharing that I would like to set to disabled
Anyone know how to do this?
Question by:johnny181
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    by:Joseph Moody
    Most people use Group Policy Registry preferences or software installation to disable auto updates. For example, here is how I disable Java updates:
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    With group policy preferences, you have a simple way to modify/disable already existent tasks. Also, you could use startup scripts:
    schtasks /delete /tn updatetaskname /f

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    Ok, I was able to figure this out myself. With Windows 2008 GPO, it's easy and works great. Not sure why I couldn't find anything on this when I was searching

    To remove tasks
    User Config / Preferences / Control Panel / Scheduled Tasks
    Action Delete

    To remove services
    Computer Config / Preferences/Control Panel Settings /Services
    New service
    Startup: Disabled
    Service name: (look up from autoruns)
    Service action: stop service
    Log on as: No change

    To remove startup items
    Computer Config / Preferences / Windows Settings / Registry
    Action: Delete

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    solved this myself

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