Solved A problem with Task Scheduler and user accounts


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I'm having a problem with Task Scheduler that I don't know how to solve.

I recently re-installed Windows from the beginning. The previous installation was erased and so were my programs which I re-installed in due course.

During the Windows installation Windows gave a default user name. After I finished the re-installation I renamed the Windows given user folder name to my preferred name according to the Tutorial found on ElevenForum. I also created another Administrator Local account for safety, but in practice I use the originally created Administrator Microsoft account and my user folder is the one that Microsoft created which I renamed.

I notice that in addition to my two user folders for the two accounts there is another user folder having the original Windows-given user name which is empty (except for a couple of empty folders inside it).

When I create a task in Task Scheduler it shows as Author <my computername>\<user> and the user name shown is the one given during the Windows re-installation. I'm expecting to see my Administrator account name.

What should I do to sort resolve this? Basically I want to have one Microsoft Administrator account, one Local Administrator and their respective user folders to have the names that I choose for each of them. When I create a task in Task Scheduler the Author should be my Microsoft Administrator.

EDIT: Looking closely, when I switched my Microsoft Account to a Local account, the Windows proposed user name was the one that was given during the installation of Windows. Maybe this could be a clue to someone.

EDIT 2: The change from my MSA to the Local account during which I changed the name offered by Windows appears to have solved the Task Scheduler issue with the Author. I'm still confused about the whole thing, but at least the problem is solved.
 
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To get the user folder path name to the one you want to specify, you have to create the user account as a local one. You can then convert the desired one to an MSAccount-linked user account and it will continue to use the same user folder path.
Switch from Local to MSAccount - ElevenForumTutorials

There are tutorials about changing usernames and changing user folder paths that do not involve creating new accounts to replace the existing ones but I think they are less straightforward.

By the way, there is a difference in Task scheduler between Author and the use the following account entries.
- Author can be any old rubbish you want.
- The use the following account entry is important & it must match a username correctly. I think your comment related to this rather than to Author. The UserName used within Windows for an MSAccount-linked user account is listed in the response to the net user command - it is not the full UserName recognised by the online MSAccount.

You have marked this thread as Solved.

Best of luck,
Denis



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Thank you for the information. It was actually the Author information that puzzled me because I thought that I had erased that user. Anyway based on what you wrote and what happened a little while ago I must have created Local user at some point after the Windows clean installation.

Sadly, I'm certain that there will be another opportunity for me to be confused again at the next Windows installation!
 

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Author does not change when user names are deleted or changed.
If Fred creates a task then Fred will remain its Author even if the Fred account is deleted or the task is copied to a different computer.

You can change the Author entry but it's not quite straightforward. I've hardly ever found the effort worthwhile.
- Export the task definition [right-click on it & select Export …]
- Delete the task [right-click on it & select Delete]
- Open the task definition in Notepad or similar then change the entry in the line
<Author>ComputerName\Denis</Author>​
to, say,​
<Author>Fortitude</Author>​
or, indeed, anything else you want. Do not accidentally change its starting & ending <> bits.​
- If you have deleted the user account or are copying the task to a different computer then delete the whole of the line
<UserId>…..</UserId>
including its starting & ending <> bits. When imported, this entry will be replaced with the UserId of the user doing the importing.
- Import the edited task definition [the Import command is shown on the right-hand side of Task scheduler].

All the best,
Denis
 

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