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Windows 7: unable to stop 'Task Scheduler' service

31 May 2011   #11
Wannabe007

Windows7 Ultimate 64
 
 

I'm not sure if there is a patch.

The issue is that I cannot stop the service due to access rights. My plan for playing the game is to make a quick script that stops the service(s), launches the game and restarts the service(s) after terminating the game. So I'm not looking to stop the service(s) permanently but just for the time I play.

I seem to be unable to change the properties of the Task Scheduler service (see picture) all of them are greyed out.




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31 May 2011   #12
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

It was just a thought, I'm not a gamer but another user had problems with Sims3 and it had an update.
Only other thing I have is what Brianzion suggested below.
The services you need to stop are hosted on svchost and many are unstoppable.
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31 May 2011   #13
Wannabe007

Windows7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Well I'll start of with a try and see if it helps. If not so, there is no need for this anyway......
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31 May 2011   #14
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

I can tell you right now if you try and force this a lot of things WILL break. And there is no going back.
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31 May 2011   #15
debugged

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
I can tell you right now if you try and force this a lot of things WILL break. And there is no going back.
It's not that bad if you know what you're doing and why. I've done what the OP wants many times on systems that have very specific purposes and hardly ever change, with no ill effects at all. Whether it will help him I don't know, as I know nothing about his game, but if he wants to try this he can.

Go to services.msc, set Windows Event Log to Disabled, don't try to stop it and don't touch Task Scheduler service. Restart the computer. Event Log does not run, and even though Task Scheduler is still set to Automatic, it does not start.

I just did it again on a spare Windows 7 (non-SP1) system, and no worries. I won't be leaving it that way, as I do use that system for general purposes and want to be able to change it freely and keep track of events, allow tasks to run etc.

I have one specialized system with Windows 7 from when it just came out, that has had Event Log, Task Scheduler, and many other unnecessary (for its work) services disabled or stopped since I set it up, never downloaded any updates, and uses no networking - really never a problem and wow is it quick!
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31 May 2011   #16
brianzion

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

it could be that the processor needs de-bugging here is another sysinternals program to help Process Explorer v14.12 >>> http://download.sysinternals.com/Fil...ssExplorer.zip

also >>> Process Monitor v2.95 >>> Process Monitor

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Process Monitor
is an advanced monitoring tool for Windows that shows real-time file system, Registry and process/thread activity. It combines the features of two legacy Sysinternals utilities, Filemon and Regmon, and adds an extensive list of enhancements including rich and non-destructive filtering, comprehensive event properties such session IDs and user names, reliable process information, full thread stacks with integrated symbol support for each operation, simultaneous logging to a file, and much more. Its uniquely powerful features will make Process Monitor a core utility in your system troubleshooting and malware hunting toolkit.
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Process Explorer
Ever wondered which program has a particular file or directory open? Now you can find out. Process Explorer shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded.

The Process Explorer display consists of two sub-windows. The top window always shows a list of the currently active processes, including the names of their owning accounts, whereas the information displayed in the bottom window depends on the mode that Process Explorer is in: if it is in handle mode you'll see the handles that the process selected in the top window has opened; if Process Explorer is in DLL mode you'll see the DLLs and memory-mapped files that the process has loaded. Process Explorer also has a powerful search capability that will quickly show you which processes have particular handles opened or DLLs loaded.

The unique capabilities of Process Explorer make it useful for tracking down DLL-version problems or handle leaks, and provide insight into the way Windows and applications work
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01 Jun 2011   #17
Wannabe007

Windows7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Stopping the Windows Event Log service did solve the GTA4 problem I was having. I'll need to do more research on how to stop both services (Schelduler and Event Log).

I'm still open for suggestions.....
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01 Jun 2011   #18
brianzion

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

did you try using the sysinternals autoruns ? it has the services in there you have to make sure you have show hidden files and folders ticked in the files settings in windows explorer. its not wise to shut all services etc off
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01 Jun 2011   #19
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by debugged View Post
Go to services.msc, set Windows Event Log to Disabled, don't try to stop it and don't touch Task Scheduler service. Restart the computer. Event Log does not run, and even though Task Scheduler is still set to Automatic, it does not start.
Did you try this? It worked on my system.
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02 Jun 2011   #20
Wannabe007

Windows7 Ultimate 64
 
 

I've used msconfig and unchecked Event Log. After the reboot the game played smoothly. After playing the game I checked Event Log and rebooted again. Win7 booted just fine (nothing 'broken').

For the time beeing this will be the workaround. I'd rather stopped and started the services without booting, preferably with a script also used to launch the game. So I will be on the look for a solution in that direction.

Is there a site with comprehesive details on the Win7 services?
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