Task Scheduler Service Defaults in Windows XP

Enables a user to configure and schedule automated tasks on your computer. If this service is stopped, these tasks will not be run at their scheduled times. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Default Settings

Startup type: Automatic
Display name:Task Scheduler
Service name:Schedule
Error control:normal
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Schedule

Default Behavior

In Windows XP it is starting automatically along with the operating system. If the Task Scheduler fails to start, the technical information about the error is added to the Event Log. Windows XP startup should proceed, but a message box should be displayed informing the user that the Schedule service has failed to start.


Task Scheduler depends on the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Task Scheduler

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Task Scheduler depends are configured by default and function properly. See the list of dependencies above.

1. Run the Command Prompt.

2. Copy the commands below, paste them into the command window and press ENTER:

sc config Schedule start= auto
sc start Schedule

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The Schedule service is using the schedsvc.dll file that is located in the C:\Windows\system32 directory. If the file is removed or corrupted, read this article to restore its original version from Windows XP installation media.