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I have set up a new task in Task Scheduler (on Windows 8) to run a batch file and set the task to run each week day at 7:40 AM.

Weekly schedule

The task never runs (automatically). Next Run Time shows the correct time when the task should run, but when that time arrives the task does not trigger. There are no errors in the log, and the task runs without a problem when I start it manually.

Task list

I have other tasks that run almost identical batch files that are set to run Daily, and those work just fine. I have one other task that is set to run only on week days but at a different time, and that task also never runs automatically.

All these tasks are set to run as SYSTEM. The only apparent difference between the tasks that work and the tasks that do not is the schedule.

Here are the task conditions:

Conditions

The task runs on a desktop computer that is always on AC power. The computer does not sleep (tasks scheduled five minutes before and after this task run just fine).

Why is my scheduled task not starting at the scheduled time?

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check "logon as batch job rights" for your task account in computer group policy

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A bit more detailed info would improve this answer –  Dave M Nov 21 '13 at 13:04
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Even if you set the task to run at 7:40 it might start a half hour earlier or later. The Windows OS decides when it is gonna start the task exactly. I once hat a similar problem , check the conditions tab and unchecked the idle radio button which states that your process should run only if the PC is in idle state, this might solve your problem. Also on the condition tab check the other conditions you have, maybe some of these conditions are blocking your task from starting.

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I added information about the task conditions. I don't see how any of that could be blocking the task. –  William Jackson Jul 8 '13 at 13:56
    
Weird, if you click in the schedule on run will the task start ? Try also to uncheck the two power conditions. If it does not help, set a different time, like 2 hours before or after 7:40 . If nothing happens delete the task and make a new one. Also try instead of SYSTEM to run it under a Administrator account. –  Devid Jul 8 '13 at 14:32
    
None of your suggestions improved the situation. I fear this may be some kind of bug in Windows 8. –  William Jackson Jul 11 '13 at 15:02
    
yes this might be a bug –  Devid Jul 12 '13 at 11:20
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Can't comment (yet) so i ask in an answer:

for the schedules with problems:

  • Was a user logged in at 7:30 to 8:00?
  • And what setting do you have under General, "Run whether user is logged on or not"?
  • What is the nature of the program to run (.bat, .cmd, .com, etc) ?
  • What is the location of the program to run (Local drive, network drive letter of UNC)
  • What if you set them as "Daily"?

and for schedule w898:

  • What setting do you have under General, "Run whether user is logged on or not"?
  • What is the nature of the program to run (.bat, .cmd, .com, etc) ?
  • What is the location of the program to run (Local drive, network drive letter of UNC)

You can also try the "Run task as soon as possible after a scheduled start is missed" option under "settings" and see if it runs a little later.

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