Scheduled Task Batch File Isn’t Working

There are a couple things to keep in mind when you use the Task Scheduler in Windows to run a batch file. Actually there are only two that get batch files working for me on most occasions.

Proper File Permissions

The first thing is that the batch file itself must have proper file permissions for the user you connect with inside Task Scheduler.

Here is an example.

This is a test batch file I created in a folder on a secondary hard drive where I keep some scripts. When I go in to security settings of the file, you can see my user does not have full permission, even though I’m the user who created the file!

This is because the file is created on a 2nd hard drive which is outside my user folder.

Default security on second hard drive

If I simply copy the test batch file from that drive onto my Desktop (which is in my user folder) and change nothing else, the permissions change to this:

default permissions in user folder

Now it makes sense why Task Scheduler would not be able to start the batch file. If I run the task as ZACK\Zack but don’t have full control for that user on the batch file, it won’t run.

Often times people don’t realize this permission issue because they can easily double-click the batch file and run it manually and don’t know why Task Scheduler can’t. Or people will run the task as full administrator instead of as a user. This sometimes fixes it because the admin will naturally have full control anyway.

Set the Start in Field

If your script makes any kind of assumption as to what folder it is running in, be sure to fill in this field. Often people resort to this fix first before checking permission. There is a difference between the script not starting and the script not working. If the script doesn’t start, it could be permissions. If the script doesn’t work right, it could be the “Start In” field is not set.

I’m sure there are others reasons that could prevent a batch file from running via Task Scheduler, but these two issues cover most of the reasons.

Fix Yahoo Mail Missing Contact List

I’ve seen some posts online from people who claim to be missing their Yahoo mailing list tool. For some strange reason, Yahoo Mail collapses the contact list area, preventing you from creating a contact list, or group, or mailing list, or whatever you want to call it.

When you have a list created, it does show up, but if you don’t already have a list, the text box that lets you create a new one is gone. This is the case in Firefox, Chrome and Opera as well.

missing

The solution is simple! Go into your contacts, and select ONE contact. You should now see the “Assign to Lists” button, click that and create your list.

assign list

Update Avast Internet Security 2014 and Can’t Access Network Shares

The latest update of Avast made a problem for me at work when it updated to the latest 2014 version. Suddenly networked computers were not able to communicate, could not ping them by IP or netBIOS name, host unreachable, timeouts etc.

After spending a couple hours changing every setting I could find in the Avast firewall, nothing would allow communications. Resetting winsock, flushing caches, DNS, ARP table, recycled the router even, nothing worked!

Finally found a solution that worked for us. The only way I could get communications back was by uninstalling and reinstalling via the latest Avast installer (not going through update channel again). After uninstalling, do turn OFF the Windows firewall as it’s possible that having it on during install triggers the problem as well. I cannot confirm this but it did happen on one workstation the reinstall did not work. After uninstalling the firewall module, shutting off Windows firewall, then reinstalling Avast firewall module the second time, it worked.

I hope this helps. Again, just try uninstalling the firewall module, turn off Windows firewall, reinstall Avast firewall module, and see if that doesn’t fix it. Let me know!

Pay Amazon Store Card with your Bank’s Bill Pay

Maybe this will help someone. I wanted to pay my Amazon Store Card through Bank of America’s bill pay system and it wanted the card’s zip code. Anyway, if you call the phone number on your card, you can say “talk to representative” during the automated system to get to a real person. I’ll save you a couple minutes.

When inserting the pay to account in your bank, name the account “Amazon Store Card-gecrb”. The rep told me to name the account with the suffix, I guess it could be important. Put in your account number and alias as usual, and the address is as follows, though you may only need the zip code:

PO Box 960013
Orlando, FL 32896-0013

 

I hope that works for you!