Scheduled Tasks – Running Tasks Without A Password

For XP Pro: Go to Start/Administrative Tools/Local Security Policy/Security Settings/Local Policies/Security Options
Accounts: Limit local account use of blank passwords to console logon only. This is enabled by default, disable it.

For XP Home: (Keith Miller) Go to Start/Run/Regedit and navigate to this key:

Value name: limitblankpassworduse, Type: REG_DWORD, Data: 0 (disabled) 1 (enabled)

For Home: Run Scheduled Task without a Password (Line 67)

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  1. The XP Pro trick works great on XP Media with SP2 too – thanks.
    However, I could not get the XP Pro solution to work on another machine without SP2. Is there more info on that?

  2. Thanks, but that did not work either. Funny thing, it no longer complains about “the scheduled task did not run because n user account password…”. It does not complain at all, but does not run the batch program.
    Thanks for trying,

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