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|Subject:||Using Windows Task Scheduler blank password|
|Creation date:||9/7/10 10:54 AM|
|Last modified on:||9/7/10 2:40 PM|
Using task scheduler with blank password
Syncrify uses Windows built-in Task Scheduler to run backup tasks. Every scheduled task runs under a user login account that requires a valid user with password on the operating system.
By default, Windows OS does not allow users to schedule task when a blank password is used to login into the system. This is done for security reasons and therefore, we strongly recommend you do not use a blank password if you want to run scheduled tasks.
Having said that, it is possible to configure the operating system to allow executing tasks with a blank password. The following steps demonstrate how to modify this setting.
- Logon to your computer as an Administrator or with a login ID having admin access
- Go to Control Panel / Administrative Tools
- Double click Local Security Policy
- Then, open Security Settings / Local Policies / Security Options
Double click on Accounts: Limit local account use of blank passwords to console logon only
Click Disable and then click Apply and Ok.
- Once this option is disabled, Windows operating system will allow running a scheduled task without a password.
Posted by Terri on 7/31/15 1:04 PM
I disabled the use of blank password as described above and changed the task to run in a couple of minutes one time only but when I go to 'run' it still asks for the password. Do I need to reboot for the new security setting to take affect?
Posted by Anonymous on 8/23/12 6:01 PM
Local Security Policy is not available in e.g. Windows 7 Home. Is there a registry setting one can edit to accomplish the same thing?
Posted by Rohit on 4/28/11 3:11 PM
Posted by Minton on 10/30/19 4:22 AM
Thanks for this. it still works on Windows 10 as well.
Posted by charmics on 6/5/16 1:02 AM
Perfect! Thanks a ton.
Posted by lionround on 7/11/14 7:22 PM
Worked like a charm. Thanks a million. I wrote a batch file to reboot and wanted to run it every night. Task Scheduler would not work because it wanted me to log in after reboot.
Posted by vsg24 on 7/23/13 2:16 AM
Thanks. Worked on Windows 8.
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