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Where does task scheduler store its files in windows server 2008?

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  • Sounds like a Server Fault question to me....
    – Sam Pride
    Nov 26, 2009 at 1:58
  • Can you tell us the actual problem? Why do you need to know where the files are? What are you actually trying to achieve? Nov 27, 2009 at 7:10

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Task information is stored in %WINDIR%\System32\Tasks (or C:\Windows\System32\Tasks). They appear to be stored as a single file per task, in an XML type format.

They are then referenced from the registry in HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache

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I don't know about 2008, but 2003 stores them in %WINDIR%\Tasks. If you open the properties on a scheduled task, the full path is listed right at the top of the window.

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  • it's not there. and there's no full path listed
    – sed
    Nov 26, 2009 at 2:24
  • They probably moved it to a "shell folder". Is there an entry for it in the registry path \Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders (or "User Shell Folders") under local machine or current user? Have you tried searching your drive for .job files? Nov 26, 2009 at 9:22

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