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Vista / 2008 Scheduled Task fails with error code 2147942667

Symptoms

A scheduled task in Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 fails to start. The task history displays two errors:

Event 103: Task Scheduler failed to start instance "{…}" of "…"  task for user "…".
Additional Data: Error Value: 2147942667.

Event 203: Task Scheduler failed to launch action "…" in instance "…" of task "…".
Additional Data: Error Value: 2147942667.
Cause

Error code 2147942667 indicates that the directory name is invalid. In most cases, this is caused by placing quotes around the "Start In" directory.

Resolution

Remove the surrounding quotes from the "Start In" path.

The path of the program to launch must be surrounded by quotes if it contains spaces; the "Start In" path must not be surrounded by quotes.

References
Applies To:
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Vista


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