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When Task Scheduler attempts to start a scheduled program, the program may not start, and Could Not Start may appear as the status of the program.
This behavior can occur if either of the following conditions exists:
To resolve this behavior, follow the steps in the appropriate section below:
Path to the Program File Is Incorrect
The Program File Contains a Command-Line Switch
If a program does not start because the path to the program file is incorrect or because you typed a command-line switch within quotation marks, the following entry is added to the Schedlog.txt file when Task Scheduler attempts to start the program
where <program name> is the name of the program (for example, ScanDisk), and <program file name> is the name of the program's executable file (for example, Scandskw.exe).
"<program name>.job" (<program file name>) <date> <time> ** ERROR **
Unable to start task.
The specific error is:
<error code>: The system cannot find the file specified.
Try using the Task page Browse button to locate the application.
To view the Schedlog.txt file, click View Log on the Advanced menu in Task Scheduler.
For more information about how to use Task Scheduler, click Start, click Help, click the Index tab, type task, and then double-click the "Task Scheduler" topic.
Article ID: 178691 - Last Review: January 22, 2007 - Revision: 3.1
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