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When you use a non-English version of Microsoft Windows XP, if you use Schtasks.exe to schedule a task, and then use incorrect syntax in the command to schedule a second task, neither task runs, and text that contains the incorrect element appears in the Run As box. This problem only affects tasks that run under a SYSTEM account.

For example, the following syntax in a German version of Windows XP is incorrect:
schtasks /create /RU "NT-AUTORITÄT\SYSTEM" /SC BEIMSTART /TN TEST2 /TR cmd.exe
Where SYSTEM is the non-English text for the username.


Service pack information

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft Windows XP. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322389  ( ) How to obtain the latest Windows XP service pack

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site: (
Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.

32-bit Windows XP

   Date         Time   Version        Size     File name
   19-Nov-2003  21:43  5.1.2600.1321  283,648  Mstask.dll       
   19-Nov-2003  21:26  5.1.2600.1321   10,752  Mstinit.exe      
   19-Nov-2003  21:43  5.1.2600.1321  172,544  Schedsvc.dll

64-bit Windows XP

   Date         Time   Version        Size     File name
   19-Nov-2003  12:42  5.1.2600.1321  659,456  Mstask.dll    IA-64
   19-Nov-2003  12:27  5.1.2600.1321   25,600  Mstinit.exe   IA-64
   19-Nov-2003  12:42  5.1.2600.1321  576,000  Schedsvc.dll  IA-64
   19-Nov-2003  12:43  5.1.2600.1321  283,648  Wmstask.dll   x86
   19-Nov-2003  12:26  5.1.2600.1321   10,752  Wmstinit.exe  x86
   19-Nov-2003  12:43  5.1.2600.1321  172,544  Wschedsvc.dll x86


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section. This problem was first corrected in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2.
To work around this issue, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, click Control Panel,, and then double-click Scheduled Tasks.
  2. Double-click any one of the tasks that run under a SYSTEM account.
  3. Delete the non-English text for SYSTEM from the Run As box.
  4. Click OK.


For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684  ( ) Description of the Standard Terminology That Is Used to Describe Microsoft Product Updates, Tools, and Add-ons

  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
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