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Windows 7: Scheduled Tasks in Win7

31 Aug 2010   #1
antares

Windows XP Professional SP3/Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Scheduled Tasks in Win7

Hi, how can I access and disable scheduled tasks in Windows 7 Ultimate? Thanks.


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31 Aug 2010   #2
archie123

Win 10 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

type task scheduler into the search bar and hit return
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31 Aug 2010   #3
Maxxwire

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 



The simple method would be to click Start and type and then click on Task Scheduler. Next go into the file tree and click on Microsoft and all of the scheduled tasks will appear. Select the group of tasks by clicking on the title and by right clicking on any individual task you can select which action you want to take.

You may notice in the graphic that I have deleted 3 of the scheduled CEIP information gathering tasks under Customer Experience Improvement Program because even though oficially opted out of CEIP in Win 7 the scheduled task information gathering will continue. As I understand this is new to Win 7 and there are even more scheduled CEIP information gathering tasks under Application Experience...



After Disabling these scheduled tasks along with 2 more under the heading DiskDiagnostic my Win 7 computer now boots with 4 less programs starting and running all day and that is my version of a genuine Customer Experience Improvement! I plan on deleting these CEIP information gathering tasks as soon as I am 100% sure that there have been no negative consequences to preventing this information gathering.

Speaking of which here is the Comodo Defense+ log that shows the scheduled Application Experience information gathering in progress as rundll32.exe silently opens each of the programs on my computer and spends a good 2 minutes examining each one until it starts the next which is what initially started my investigation into this matter. This is just a 1 hour excerpt out of an MS scheduled application information gathering process that went on for hours even though I had officially opted out of CEIP when I first set up the computer...



~Maxx~
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31 Aug 2010   #4
antares

Windows XP Professional SP3/Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks archie123.
Maxxwire , that was an awesome demonstration perfectly explained! I will go ahead and do the same, thanks so much
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31 Aug 2010   #5
antares

Windows XP Professional SP3/Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I disabled those Microsoft task. Now, what about 3rd party scheduled tasks like Google Update, etc...I don't see them in that window, where can I find them so to disable them? Thanks
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31 Aug 2010   #6
cluberti

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

A lot of 3rd party updaters run as .exe files, or hide themselves as services (either as their own service, or hidden in an svchost). You generally have to find the little buggers and disable or uninstall them, as they're not scheduled tasks. You may find a lot of them, however, by running autoruns (sysinternals).
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01 Sep 2010   #7
antares

Windows XP Professional SP3/Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cluberti View Post
A lot of 3rd party updaters run as .exe files, or hide themselves as services (either as their own service, or hidden in an svchost). You generally have to find the little buggers and disable or uninstall them, as they're not scheduled tasks. You may find a lot of them, however, by running autoruns (sysinternals).
I wonder why in Windows XP it's much easier, all schedule tasks , Microsoft and non Microsoft show up in the Task Scheduler and it's straightforward to disable them.
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01 Sep 2010   #8
cluberti

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Updaters and such that don't run as scheduled tasks, but run as services (like Google Updater, Java, Adobe, and the Apple update binaries) would be the same in XP as they are on Win7.
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01 Sep 2010   #9
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by antares View Post
I disabled those Microsoft task. Now, what about 3rd party scheduled tasks like Google Update, etc...I don't see them in that window, where can I find them so to disable them? Thanks
Most should be at the root if they have added tasks. Click on "Task Scheduler Library" that is the root.
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01 Sep 2010   #10
Maxxwire

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by antares View Post
Thanks archie123.
Maxxwire , that was an awesome demonstration perfectly explained! I will go ahead and do the same, thanks so much
Did you notice fewer services at startup like I did?

~Maxx~
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