Task Scheduler Command Line Interface (schtasks.exe) not Home?

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by jason531, Nov 25, 2002.

  1. jason531

    jason531 Guest

    I have written an application that relies on schtasks.exe to create scheduled tasks via the command line. This utility comes with Windows XP and will also run (with slight modification) on Windows 2000, but I have a user that says it is not included with XP Home.

    Can anyone confirm/deny this? I sent him a copy of schtasks.exe from XP Pro and he said it didn't work, but I'd really like someone else to verify this. Thanks in advance for your help.
  2. rettahc

    rettahc Guest

    I just ran a search on my windows directory and did not find the file, so it looks like schtasks.exe is not a part of XP home edition.

    BTW welcome to the forum.
  3. jason531

    jason531 Guest

    Thanks for the welcome as well as for searching. I am not on my machine right now so I can't send you the XP version of schtasks.exe, but here is a link to the version that will run on 2000:


    I've never tried this version on XP Pro since it is already included, but could you please try the 2000 version as well as the XP version if you can get it? Obviously, since it is a command-line utility you will need to run it from a cmd window in order to see any messages. I can send you a copy of the XP version this evening if you can't get it anywhere else. Thanks again for your help.
  4. rettahc

    rettahc Guest

    The 2000 version worked just fine under XP home (see attached), but I do not have access to the XP pro version so I cannot try that.
  5. yoyo

    yoyo _________________

    Tried your version in my test installation of XP-Home within VMware. It gives a list of scheduled tasks with headers Taskname, NextRun Time and Status. Don't know whether that is what it should do. I am on XP-Home with my real machine, too and there schtasks.exe doesn't exist.
  6. jason531

    jason531 Guest


    There is no need to try the XP Pro version of schtasks if the 2000 version works. It comes with XP Pro, so Pro isn't a problem either.

    Thank you very much for your help. I'll have to e-mail the user and see what exactly is going wrong.

    Best regards,


    P.S. If you are interested in the application it can be found at http://hoocanhelp.com/pvras. It schedules TV recordings using TitanTV, the Hauppauge WinTV-PVR, and optionally DirecTV. I am going to add support for other video capture cards soon if you are interested.