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Windows 7: Can't use "at" command on cmd prompt anymore?

29 Nov 2014   #1
JS52

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Can't use "at" command on cmd prompt anymore?

So I used to be able to use the "at" command on command prompt, but now whenever I try to use it like:

at 5:00 shutdown -s -f

it says "the service has not been started." Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!


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29 Nov 2014   #2
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

You need to have the schedule service running for the At command to work correctly, this is the first thing I would check - it should be set to start automatically - also the At command has been depreciated in Windows 7 and though it still works Microsoft advises that your use the schtasks command instead

More information is in the Command Line Reference on Technet

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29 Nov 2014   #3
JS52

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

When I launch the Task Scheduler it says "the remote computer was not found." And I can't create tasks. How would I go about fixing this issue?
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29 Nov 2014   #4
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

This is the Task Scheduler Service, rather than the Actual scheduler application? the service needs to be set to start with windows.

The only logical reason I would suggest for the network error is that a "bad" task is in the schedule list that incorrectly references a remote computer or cannot find a correctly referenced but unobtainable device or computer. Also if you open the scheduler it is often preferable to run as administrator too access all functions.
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29 Nov 2014   #5
JS52

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

So how would I fix whatever it is I need to fix?
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29 Nov 2014   #6
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

The first thing I would do is open an admin command prompt and enter the at command on its own, this should simply list all current tasks, if you see a task that includes a \\computername\... type reference check the availability of this device and you can then use the \delete option to clear the ID number [care is needed as the delete option without an ID will delete all entries.

It may be easier to search through the entries using the actual Scheduled Tasks Application (Admin Mode)
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