I'm on a Windows 7 machine, attempting to use the command line to schedule a task on another Windows 7 machine in my company's network. I have administrative-level credentials for both computers. With help from http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/bb736357.aspx I have created this line to run on the command prompt:

schtasks /Create /S machinename /U username /P password /SC ONCE /TN Test1 /TR C:\Windows\System32\calc.exe /ST 16:30

Whenever I launch that, I get the following error:

ERROR: User credentials are not allowed on the local machine.

How can I fix this?

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Here is the correct syntax:

schtasks /Create /S machinename /RU domain\username /RP password /SC ONCE /TN Test1 /TR C:\Windows\System32\calc.exe /ST 16:30

Note the /RU and the /RP where /U and /P used to be. We are using RU for "Run as User".
Also note that we must specify the domain that we are logging onto.

This was answered by Aseem Kishore and Brian Gibson here: http://thebackroomtech.com/2009/04/06/windows-2008-schtasks-error-user-credentials-are-not-allowed-on-the-local-machine/ via http://brianagibson.blogspot.com/2008/08/hmc-45-domaincachetask-scheduled-task.html

  • Doesn't RU change the credentials under which the task itself is run and not the credentials under which the schtasks command is run? Jul 6, 2017 at 8:32

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