Task Scheduler always have been an important tool for Windows users to schedule programs and processes. But recently I found that Task Manager is not working correctly on my Windows 10 Pro system. For an instance, if I open it, there appears a message regarding the availability of Task Scheduler service. Here is the exact error message received in this case:
Task Scheduler service is not available. Task Scheduler will attempt to reconnect to it.
Though the error message says that Task Scheduler will resolve it automatically by reconnecting to its service but in reality it never happens. As a result of it, you keep getting this error message whenever you open Task Scheduler. Even rebooting multiple times didn’t help in this case. However, running SFC /SCANNOW command in administrative Command Prompt might help. If your system is also having this problem, here is how to fix it:
FIX : Task Scheduler Service Is Not Available In Windows 10
FIX 1 – Using Services Snap-in
1. Press + R and type services.msc in the Run dialog box, hit Enter key to open Services snap-in.
2. In the Services window, scroll down and look for Task Scheduler service. Double click on the service to open its property sheet.
3. Now in the property sheet, set the Startup type to Automatic and then click Start to initiate the service. Click Apply followed by OK. Close Services snap-in and reboot.
After restarting the machine, the error should be resolved. Just in case if the Start button is greyed out for you in Task Scheduler Properties window, you can follow the registry manipulation discussed below to fix it.
FIX 2 – Using Registry Editor
Registry Disclaimer: The further steps will involve registry manipulation. Making mistakes while manipulating registry could affect your system adversely. So be careful while editing registry entries and create a System Restore point first.
1. Press + R and put regedit in Run dialog box to open Registry Editor (if you’re not familiar with Registry Editor, then click here). Click OK.
2. In the left pane of Registry Editor, navigate to following registry key:
3. Highlight Schedule key and in the corresponding right pane, look for Start name registry DWORD (REG_DWORD). It might be corresponding to Value data as 2. Double click on it change its value.
4. In Edit DWORD Value box, change the Value data to 4 and click OK. Close Registry Editor and restart your machine. After reboot, check and you’ll find the problem is resolved.
Hope this helps! Go here to learn how to fix XML errors for Task Scheduler in Windows 10.