Error message when you change the running user context of a scheduled task to another domain account on a computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008: "The specified account name is not valid"

Symptoms

Consider the following scenario:

  • You have a computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 in a domain.

  • You configure a scheduled task on the computer.

  • You try to change the running user context from the default user account to another account in the domain.

In this scenario, you receive the following error message:

An error has occurred for task
TaskName. Error message: The specified account name is not valid

This problem occurs if the NetBIOS domain name is not the default name.

Note By default, a NetBIOS name is the leftmost part of the DNS domain name. For example, if the DNS name is "contoso.com," the NetBIOS domain name is "CONTOSO." However, an administrator may arbitrarily choose any valid NetBIOS name.

Cause

When the Task Scheduler records the running user context, the Task Scheduler user interface incorrectly uses the leftmost part of the DNS name as the NetBIOS domain name instead of the actual NetBIOS domain name. Therefore, if the administrator did not use the default NetBIOS name, you receive the error message that is mentioned in the "Symptoms" section.

Resolution

Windows Vista hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=supportNote The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

Prerequisites

To apply this hotfix, you must have Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) installed.
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

935791 How to obtain the latest Windows Vista service pack

Restart requirement

You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.

Windows Vista Service Pack 1, x86-based versions

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Msil_miguicontrols_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22204_none_aed6786755b5155a.manifest

Not applicable

3,764

17-Jun-2008

04:10

Not applicable

Package_1_for_kb953153~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mum

Not applicable

1,931

17-Jun-2008

23:05

Not applicable

Package_2_for_kb953153~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mum

Not applicable

1,769

17-Jun-2008

23:05

Not applicable

Package_for_kb953153_client_1~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mum

Not applicable

1,367

17-Jun-2008

23:05

Not applicable

Package_for_kb953153_client~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mum

Not applicable

1,430

17-Jun-2008

23:05

Not applicable

Package_for_kb953153_server_0~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mum

Not applicable

1,425

17-Jun-2008

23:05

Not applicable

Package_for_kb953153_server~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mum

Not applicable

1,430

17-Jun-2008

23:05

Not applicable

X86_27365e555a7204bb84dcaa970f199ea9_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22204_none_cf36bd73838cba96.manifest

Not applicable

684

17-Jun-2008

23:05

Not applicable

Miguicontrols.dll

6.0.6001.22204

3,375,104

17-Jun-2008

03:28

x86

Windows Vista Service Pack 1, x64-based versions

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Amd64_27365e555a7204bb84dcaa970f199ea9_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22204_none_2b5558f73bea2bcc.manifest

Not applicable

686

17-Jun-2008

23:05

Not applicable

Msil_miguicontrols_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22204_none_aed6786755b5155a.manifest

Not applicable

3,764

17-Jun-2008

04:10

Not applicable

Package_1_for_kb953153~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mum

Not applicable

1,941

17-Jun-2008

23:05

Not applicable

Package_2_for_kb953153~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mum

Not applicable

1,777

17-Jun-2008

23:05

Not applicable

Package_for_kb953153_client_1~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mum

Not applicable

1,375

17-Jun-2008

23:05

Not applicable

Package_for_kb953153_client~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mum

Not applicable

1,438

17-Jun-2008

23:05

Not applicable

Package_for_kb953153_server_0~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mum

Not applicable

1,433

17-Jun-2008

23:05

Not applicable

Package_for_kb953153_server~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mum

Not applicable

1,438

17-Jun-2008

23:05

Not applicable

Miguicontrols.dll

6.0.6001.22204

3,375,104

17-Jun-2008

03:28

x86

Windows Server 2008 hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=supportNote The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

Important Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 hotfixes are included in the same packages. However, only one of these products may be listed on the “Hotfix Request” page. To request the hotfix package that applies to both Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, just select the product that is listed on the page.

Prerequisites

No prerequisites are required.

Restart requirement

You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.

Windows Server 2008, x86-based versions

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Msil_miguicontrols_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22204_none_aed6786755b5155a.manifest

Not applicable

3,764

17-Jun-2008

04:10

Not applicable

Package_1_for_kb953153~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mum

Not applicable

1,931

17-Jun-2008

23:05

Not applicable

Package_2_for_kb953153~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mum

Not applicable

1,769

17-Jun-2008

23:05

Not applicable

Package_for_kb953153_client_1~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mum

Not applicable

1,367

17-Jun-2008

23:05

Not applicable

Package_for_kb953153_client~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mum

Not applicable

1,430

17-Jun-2008

23:05

Not applicable

Package_for_kb953153_server_0~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mum

Not applicable

1,425

17-Jun-2008

23:05

Not applicable

Package_for_kb953153_server~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mum

Not applicable

1,430

17-Jun-2008

23:05

Not applicable

X86_27365e555a7204bb84dcaa970f199ea9_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22204_none_cf36bd73838cba96.manifest

Not applicable

684

17-Jun-2008

23:05

Not applicable

Miguicontrols.dll

6.0.6001.22204

3,375,104

17-Jun-2008

03:28

x86

Windows Server 2008, Itanium-based versions

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Ia64_27365e555a7204bb84dcaa970f199ea9_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22204_none_cf386169838ac392.manifest

Not applicable

685

17-Jun-2008

23:05

Not applicable

Msil_miguicontrols_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22204_none_aed6786755b5155a.manifest

Not applicable

3,764

17-Jun-2008

04:10

Not applicable

Package_1_for_kb953153~31bf3856ad364e35~ia64~~6.0.1.0.mum

Not applicable

1,773

17-Jun-2008

23:05

Not applicable

Package_for_kb953153_server_0~31bf3856ad364e35~ia64~~6.0.1.0.mum

Not applicable

1,429

17-Jun-2008

23:05

Not applicable

Package_for_kb953153_server~31bf3856ad364e35~ia64~~6.0.1.0.mum

Not applicable

1,434

17-Jun-2008

23:05

Not applicable

Miguicontrols.dll

6.0.6001.22204

3,375,104

17-Jun-2008

03:28

x86

Windows Server 2008, x64-based versions

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Amd64_27365e555a7204bb84dcaa970f199ea9_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22204_none_2b5558f73bea2bcc.manifest

Not applicable

686

17-Jun-2008

23:05

Not applicable

Msil_miguicontrols_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22204_none_aed6786755b5155a.manifest

Not applicable

3,764

17-Jun-2008

04:10

Not applicable

Package_1_for_kb953153~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mum

Not applicable

1,941

17-Jun-2008

23:05

Not applicable

Package_2_for_kb953153~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mum

Not applicable

1,777

17-Jun-2008

23:05

Not applicable

Package_for_kb953153_client_1~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mum

Not applicable

1,375

17-Jun-2008

23:05

Not applicable

Package_for_kb953153_client~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mum

Not applicable

1,438

17-Jun-2008

23:05

Not applicable

Package_for_kb953153_server_0~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mum

Not applicable

1,433

17-Jun-2008

23:05

Not applicable

Package_for_kb953153_server~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mum

Not applicable

1,438

17-Jun-2008

23:05

Not applicable

Miguicontrols.dll

6.0.6001.22204

3,375,104

17-Jun-2008

03:28

x86

Status

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

More Information

For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

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