You cannot schedule tasks by using a Microsoft account in Task Scheduler in Windows 8


Consider the following scenario:
  • You log on to a Windows 8-based computer by using a local or domain account.
  • You configure a Microsoft account on the computer. Then, you connect the account to your local or domain user account.
  • You try to create a task that runs by using the connected Microsoft account in Task Scheduler. Or, you try to change an existing task to run by using the Microsoft account.

    Note To do this, you click Change User or Group under When running the task, use the following user account in the task settings.
In this scenario, you cannot create or change the task. Additionally, you cannot schedule tasks by using the Microsoft account even if you sign in to the computer by using the Microsoft account.


This issue occurs because the Task Scheduler UI does not support Microsoft accounts.


To work around this issue, run the Schtasks command together with the /ru and /rp options to schedule the task.

More Information

For more information about how to use the Schtasks commands, go to the following Microsoft TechNet website:

Article ID: 2777388 - Last Review: Jan 18, 2013 - Revision: 1