Phantom task in Windows Calendar

M

Michael

I have been working this problem for a long time without success, hope
someone can help.
Problem started after I changed the name of my computer, changing back did
not help however.

Calendar basically will not provide reminders unless it is running, the task
scheduler entry for WindowsCalendar is 'empty'. From other discussions
within these groups the solution is to re-populate the task for the
scheduler. Seems reasonable so I attempt to create the task 'Reminders -
walraven' after going thru setting it up an error box pops up:
An error has occurred for task Reminders - walraven. Error message: A task
or folder with this name already exists.

The basic question is WHERE is this task or folder located so I can get rid
of it and start anew. I have searched the hard drive and the registry to no
avail.

Thanks,
Michael
 

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J

Jon

"Michael" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]
>I have been working this problem for a long time without success, hope
>someone can help.
> Problem started after I changed the name of my computer, changing back did
> not help however.
>
> Calendar basically will not provide reminders unless it is running, the
> task scheduler entry for WindowsCalendar is 'empty'. From other
> discussions within these groups the solution is to re-populate the task
> for the scheduler. Seems reasonable so I attempt to create the task
> 'Reminders - walraven' after going thru setting it up an error box pops
> up:
> An error has occurred for task Reminders - walraven. Error message: A task
> or folder with this name already exists.
>
> The basic question is WHERE is this task or folder located so I can get
> rid of it and start anew. I have searched the hard drive and the registry
> to no avail.
>
> Thanks,
> Michael
>



First thing to check would be that you have the 'Reminders should show....'
option checked under File > Options.
Probably obvious, but worth stating.

Secondly you shouldn't ordinarily need to touch the task in Task Scheduler,
in fact doing so should have no effect.. That task normally gets completely
deleted when you start the Calendar program, and recreated when you exit it.
So that's another thing to bear in mind - the task will only exist in
Calendar, when you've exited the program, and not while it's running

Other than that trying this command from both an elevated ('Run as
administrator' option) and non-elevated command prompt, may reveal the task
and the folder it's in.

schtasks /query

schtasks /? for more options


--
Jon
 

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J

Jon

Errata

"the task will only exist in
Calendar, when you've exited the program, and not while it's running"

should have read

"the task will only exist in
Task Scheduler, when you've exited the program, and not while it's running"



--
Jon


"Jon" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]
>
> "Michael" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> news:[email protected]
>>I have been working this problem for a long time without success, hope
>>someone can help.
>> Problem started after I changed the name of my computer, changing back
>> did not help however.
>>
>> Calendar basically will not provide reminders unless it is running, the
>> task scheduler entry for WindowsCalendar is 'empty'. From other
>> discussions within these groups the solution is to re-populate the task
>> for the scheduler. Seems reasonable so I attempt to create the task
>> 'Reminders - walraven' after going thru setting it up an error box pops
>> up:
>> An error has occurred for task Reminders - walraven. Error message: A
>> task or folder with this name already exists.
>>
>> The basic question is WHERE is this task or folder located so I can get
>> rid of it and start anew. I have searched the hard drive and the registry
>> to no avail.
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Michael
>>

>
>
> First thing to check would be that you have the 'Reminders should
> show....' option checked under File > Options.
> Probably obvious, but worth stating.
>
> Secondly you shouldn't ordinarily need to touch the task in Task
> Scheduler, in fact doing so should have no effect.. That task normally
> gets completely deleted when you start the Calendar program, and recreated
> when you exit it. So that's another thing to bear in mind - the task will
> only exist in Calendar, when you've exited the program, and not while it's
> running
>
> Other than that trying this command from both an elevated ('Run as
> administrator' option) and non-elevated command prompt, may reveal the
> task and the folder it's in.
>
> schtasks /query
>
> schtasks /? for more options
>
>
> --
> Jon
>
>
 

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M

Michael

Jon,
Thanks for pointer on schtasks, I will add it to my list of diagnostic
programs.

I hadn't realized that the task 'disappeared' while WinCal was running,
interesting (I have created a special user to test around with calendar and
it did just as you said).

Unfortunately schtasks also doesn't show the Reminders - walraven scheduled
task :( (ran elevated)

In the task scheduler, at the windows/WinCalendar 'folder' I removed all the
listed items (just one for my test user Reminders - tester).
Then I tried to delete the folder (probably not a good idea but I did
restore point before trying). Error, folder not empty. So at this level the
folder is not empty (although no entries show) and I cannot add a task named
'Reminders - walraven' because it already exists.

One solution would probably be to give up, leave the phantom in there and
change my name - but I like my name.
I suspect that the author of the phantom task is 'WALRAVEN-PC\walraven' ,
that PC name no longer exists and somehow that is having an effect.
I even changed my PC's name back to WALRAVEN-PC but that did not show the
phantom either (I suspect that created another GUID but not the 'same' as
the first instance, just a guess however).

Any more hints on where the phantom is or how to find it gratefully
solicited.

Michael

"Jon" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]
>
> "Michael" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> news:[email protected]
>>I have been working this problem for a long time without success, hope
>>someone can help.
>> Problem started after I changed the name of my computer, changing back
>> did not help however.
>>
>> Calendar basically will not provide reminders unless it is running, the
>> task scheduler entry for WindowsCalendar is 'empty'. From other
>> discussions within these groups the solution is to re-populate the task
>> for the scheduler. Seems reasonable so I attempt to create the task
>> 'Reminders - walraven' after going thru setting it up an error box pops
>> up:
>> An error has occurred for task Reminders - walraven. Error message: A
>> task or folder with this name already exists.
>>
>> The basic question is WHERE is this task or folder located so I can get
>> rid of it and start anew. I have searched the hard drive and the registry
>> to no avail.
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Michael
>>

>
>
> First thing to check would be that you have the 'Reminders should
> show....' option checked under File > Options.
> Probably obvious, but worth stating.
>
> Secondly you shouldn't ordinarily need to touch the task in Task
> Scheduler, in fact doing so should have no effect.. That task normally
> gets completely deleted when you start the Calendar program, and recreated
> when you exit it. So that's another thing to bear in mind - the task will
> only exist in Calendar, when you've exited the program, and not while it's
> running
>
> Other than that trying this command from both an elevated ('Run as
> administrator' option) and non-elevated command prompt, may reveal the
> task and the folder it's in.
>
> schtasks /query
>
> schtasks /? for more options
>
>
> --
> Jon
>
>
 

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M

Michael

Jon,
For what its worth, I also applied the 'hot fix' downloaded from MS, The
symptoms it was supposed to fix didn't really match my problem but seemed
worth the risk to try at least. No effect as far as I could tell.

Michael


"Jon" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]
>
> "Michael" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> news:[email protected]
>>I have been working this problem for a long time without success, hope
>>someone can help.
>> Problem started after I changed the name of my computer, changing back
>> did not help however.
>>
>> Calendar basically will not provide reminders unless it is running, the
>> task scheduler entry for WindowsCalendar is 'empty'. From other
>> discussions within these groups the solution is to re-populate the task
>> for the scheduler. Seems reasonable so I attempt to create the task
>> 'Reminders - walraven' after going thru setting it up an error box pops
>> up:
>> An error has occurred for task Reminders - walraven. Error message: A
>> task or folder with this name already exists.
>>
>> The basic question is WHERE is this task or folder located so I can get
>> rid of it and start anew. I have searched the hard drive and the registry
>> to no avail.
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Michael
>>

>
>
> First thing to check would be that you have the 'Reminders should
> show....' option checked under File > Options.
> Probably obvious, but worth stating.
>
> Secondly you shouldn't ordinarily need to touch the task in Task
> Scheduler, in fact doing so should have no effect.. That task normally
> gets completely deleted when you start the Calendar program, and recreated
> when you exit it. So that's another thing to bear in mind - the task will
> only exist in Calendar, when you've exited the program, and not while it's
> running
>
> Other than that trying this command from both an elevated ('Run as
> administrator' option) and non-elevated command prompt, may reveal the
> task and the folder it's in.
>
> schtasks /query
>
> schtasks /? for more options
>
>
> --
> Jon
>
>
 

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J

Jon

Hi Michael

Another option would be to open up the folder where the scheduled tasks are
stored directly

ie

C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\Microsoft\Windows
(might have to pass a few UAC prompts)


There should be a subfolder in there 'WindowsCalendar' containing the tasks
(in .xml format)

So I would try opening up that folder, and looking for any anomalies (such
as multiple 'WindowsCalendar' folders etc), including looking also for any
hidden files in there, and removing any tasks that shouldn't be there.

The Windows Calendar task isn't ordinarily a 'hidden' one, but there's also
a 'View > Hidden' option on the menus in Task Scheduler, which makes a few
more tasks visible - it's possible that something may have happened to make
the task hidden (?), so perhaps worth trying that option too.

--
Jon


"Michael" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]
> Jon,
> Thanks for pointer on schtasks, I will add it to my list of diagnostic
> programs.
>
> I hadn't realized that the task 'disappeared' while WinCal was running,
> interesting (I have created a special user to test around with calendar
> and it did just as you said).
>
> Unfortunately schtasks also doesn't show the Reminders - walraven
> scheduled task :( (ran elevated)
>
> In the task scheduler, at the windows/WinCalendar 'folder' I removed all
> the listed items (just one for my test user Reminders - tester).
> Then I tried to delete the folder (probably not a good idea but I did
> restore point before trying). Error, folder not empty. So at this level
> the folder is not empty (although no entries show) and I cannot add a task
> named 'Reminders - walraven' because it already exists.
>
> One solution would probably be to give up, leave the phantom in there and
> change my name - but I like my name.
> I suspect that the author of the phantom task is 'WALRAVEN-PC\walraven' ,
> that PC name no longer exists and somehow that is having an effect.
> I even changed my PC's name back to WALRAVEN-PC but that did not show the
> phantom either (I suspect that created another GUID but not the 'same' as
> the first instance, just a guess however).
>
> Any more hints on where the phantom is or how to find it gratefully
> solicited.
>
> Michael
>
> "Jon" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> news:[email protected]
>>
>> "Michael" <[email protected]> wrote in message
>> news:[email protected]
>>>I have been working this problem for a long time without success, hope
>>>someone can help.
>>> Problem started after I changed the name of my computer, changing back
>>> did not help however.
>>>
>>> Calendar basically will not provide reminders unless it is running, the
>>> task scheduler entry for WindowsCalendar is 'empty'. From other
>>> discussions within these groups the solution is to re-populate the task
>>> for the scheduler. Seems reasonable so I attempt to create the task
>>> 'Reminders - walraven' after going thru setting it up an error box pops
>>> up:
>>> An error has occurred for task Reminders - walraven. Error message: A
>>> task or folder with this name already exists.
>>>
>>> The basic question is WHERE is this task or folder located so I can get
>>> rid of it and start anew. I have searched the hard drive and the
>>> registry to no avail.
>>>
>>> Thanks,
>>> Michael
>>>

>>
>>
>> First thing to check would be that you have the 'Reminders should
>> show....' option checked under File > Options.
>> Probably obvious, but worth stating.
>>
>> Secondly you shouldn't ordinarily need to touch the task in Task
>> Scheduler, in fact doing so should have no effect.. That task normally
>> gets completely deleted when you start the Calendar program, and
>> recreated when you exit it. So that's another thing to bear in mind - the
>> task will only exist in Calendar, when you've exited the program, and not
>> while it's running
>>
>> Other than that trying this command from both an elevated ('Run as
>> administrator' option) and non-elevated command prompt, may reveal the
>> task and the folder it's in.
>>
>> schtasks /query
>>
>> schtasks /? for more options
>>
>>
>> --
>> Jon
>>
>>

>
 

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M

Michael

Jon,

BINGO

There was the task! renamed it, now can create a task named Reminders -
Walraven.
I will work on getting a dummy task properly set up so Calendar can keep it
updated.

Thanks a WHOLE BUNCH,
Michael

"Jon" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]
> Hi Michael
>
> Another option would be to open up the folder where the scheduled tasks
> are stored directly
>
> ie
>
> C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\Microsoft\Windows
> (might have to pass a few UAC prompts)
>
>
> There should be a subfolder in there 'WindowsCalendar' containing the
> tasks (in .xml format)
>
> So I would try opening up that folder, and looking for any anomalies (such
> as multiple 'WindowsCalendar' folders etc), including looking also for any
> hidden files in there, and removing any tasks that shouldn't be there.
>
> The Windows Calendar task isn't ordinarily a 'hidden' one, but there's
> also a 'View > Hidden' option on the menus in Task Scheduler, which makes
> a few more tasks visible - it's possible that something may have happened
> to make the task hidden (?), so perhaps worth trying that option too.
>
> --
> Jon
>
>
> "Michael" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> news:[email protected]
>> Jon,
>> Thanks for pointer on schtasks, I will add it to my list of diagnostic
>> programs.
>>
>> I hadn't realized that the task 'disappeared' while WinCal was running,
>> interesting (I have created a special user to test around with calendar
>> and it did just as you said).
>>
>> Unfortunately schtasks also doesn't show the Reminders - walraven
>> scheduled task :( (ran elevated)
>>
>> In the task scheduler, at the windows/WinCalendar 'folder' I removed all
>> the listed items (just one for my test user Reminders - tester).
>> Then I tried to delete the folder (probably not a good idea but I did
>> restore point before trying). Error, folder not empty. So at this level
>> the folder is not empty (although no entries show) and I cannot add a
>> task named 'Reminders - walraven' because it already exists.
>>
>> One solution would probably be to give up, leave the phantom in there and
>> change my name - but I like my name.
>> I suspect that the author of the phantom task is 'WALRAVEN-PC\walraven' ,
>> that PC name no longer exists and somehow that is having an effect.
>> I even changed my PC's name back to WALRAVEN-PC but that did not show the
>> phantom either (I suspect that created another GUID but not the 'same' as
>> the first instance, just a guess however).
>>
>> Any more hints on where the phantom is or how to find it gratefully
>> solicited.
>>
>> Michael
>>
>> "Jon" <[email protected]> wrote in message
>> news:[email protected]
>>>
>>> "Michael" <[email protected]> wrote in message
>>> news:[email protected]
>>>>I have been working this problem for a long time without success, hope
>>>>someone can help.
>>>> Problem started after I changed the name of my computer, changing back
>>>> did not help however.
>>>>
>>>> Calendar basically will not provide reminders unless it is running, the
>>>> task scheduler entry for WindowsCalendar is 'empty'. From other
>>>> discussions within these groups the solution is to re-populate the task
>>>> for the scheduler. Seems reasonable so I attempt to create the task
>>>> 'Reminders - walraven' after going thru setting it up an error box pops
>>>> up:
>>>> An error has occurred for task Reminders - walraven. Error message: A
>>>> task or folder with this name already exists.
>>>>
>>>> The basic question is WHERE is this task or folder located so I can get
>>>> rid of it and start anew. I have searched the hard drive and the
>>>> registry to no avail.
>>>>
>>>> Thanks,
>>>> Michael
>>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> First thing to check would be that you have the 'Reminders should
>>> show....' option checked under File > Options.
>>> Probably obvious, but worth stating.
>>>
>>> Secondly you shouldn't ordinarily need to touch the task in Task
>>> Scheduler, in fact doing so should have no effect.. That task normally
>>> gets completely deleted when you start the Calendar program, and
>>> recreated when you exit it. So that's another thing to bear in mind -
>>> the task will only exist in Calendar, when you've exited the program,
>>> and not while it's running
>>>
>>> Other than that trying this command from both an elevated ('Run as
>>> administrator' option) and non-elevated command prompt, may reveal the
>>> task and the folder it's in.
>>>
>>> schtasks /query
>>>
>>> schtasks /? for more options
>>>
>>>
>>> --
>>> Jon
>>>
>>>

>>

>
 

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Michael

Jon,
Follow up. I didn't even have to create a dummy task, opened Calendar,
toggled the reminder should show, closed Calendar and there was the proper
task.

Thanks again.
Michael

"Jon" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]
> Hi Michael
>
> Another option would be to open up the folder where the scheduled tasks
> are stored directly
>
> ie
>
> C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\Microsoft\Windows
> (might have to pass a few UAC prompts)
>
>
> There should be a subfolder in there 'WindowsCalendar' containing the
> tasks (in .xml format)
>
> So I would try opening up that folder, and looking for any anomalies (such
> as multiple 'WindowsCalendar' folders etc), including looking also for any
> hidden files in there, and removing any tasks that shouldn't be there.
>
> The Windows Calendar task isn't ordinarily a 'hidden' one, but there's
> also a 'View > Hidden' option on the menus in Task Scheduler, which makes
> a few more tasks visible - it's possible that something may have happened
> to make the task hidden (?), so perhaps worth trying that option too.
>
> --
> Jon
>
>
> "Michael" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> news:[email protected]
>> Jon,
>> Thanks for pointer on schtasks, I will add it to my list of diagnostic
>> programs.
>>
>> I hadn't realized that the task 'disappeared' while WinCal was running,
>> interesting (I have created a special user to test around with calendar
>> and it did just as you said).
>>
>> Unfortunately schtasks also doesn't show the Reminders - walraven
>> scheduled task :( (ran elevated)
>>
>> In the task scheduler, at the windows/WinCalendar 'folder' I removed all
>> the listed items (just one for my test user Reminders - tester).
>> Then I tried to delete the folder (probably not a good idea but I did
>> restore point before trying). Error, folder not empty. So at this level
>> the folder is not empty (although no entries show) and I cannot add a
>> task named 'Reminders - walraven' because it already exists.
>>
>> One solution would probably be to give up, leave the phantom in there and
>> change my name - but I like my name.
>> I suspect that the author of the phantom task is 'WALRAVEN-PC\walraven' ,
>> that PC name no longer exists and somehow that is having an effect.
>> I even changed my PC's name back to WALRAVEN-PC but that did not show the
>> phantom either (I suspect that created another GUID but not the 'same' as
>> the first instance, just a guess however).
>>
>> Any more hints on where the phantom is or how to find it gratefully
>> solicited.
>>
>> Michael
>>
>> "Jon" <[email protected]> wrote in message
>> news:[email protected]
>>>
>>> "Michael" <[email protected]> wrote in message
>>> news:[email protected]
>>>>I have been working this problem for a long time without success, hope
>>>>someone can help.
>>>> Problem started after I changed the name of my computer, changing back
>>>> did not help however.
>>>>
>>>> Calendar basically will not provide reminders unless it is running, the
>>>> task scheduler entry for WindowsCalendar is 'empty'. From other
>>>> discussions within these groups the solution is to re-populate the task
>>>> for the scheduler. Seems reasonable so I attempt to create the task
>>>> 'Reminders - walraven' after going thru setting it up an error box pops
>>>> up:
>>>> An error has occurred for task Reminders - walraven. Error message: A
>>>> task or folder with this name already exists.
>>>>
>>>> The basic question is WHERE is this task or folder located so I can get
>>>> rid of it and start anew. I have searched the hard drive and the
>>>> registry to no avail.
>>>>
>>>> Thanks,
>>>> Michael
>>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> First thing to check would be that you have the 'Reminders should
>>> show....' option checked under File > Options.
>>> Probably obvious, but worth stating.
>>>
>>> Secondly you shouldn't ordinarily need to touch the task in Task
>>> Scheduler, in fact doing so should have no effect.. That task normally
>>> gets completely deleted when you start the Calendar program, and
>>> recreated when you exit it. So that's another thing to bear in mind -
>>> the task will only exist in Calendar, when you've exited the program,
>>> and not while it's running
>>>
>>> Other than that trying this command from both an elevated ('Run as
>>> administrator' option) and non-elevated command prompt, may reveal the
>>> task and the folder it's in.
>>>
>>> schtasks /query
>>>
>>> schtasks /? for more options
>>>
>>>
>>> --
>>> Jon
>>>
>>>

>>

>
 

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Jon

You're welcome Michael. Glad it worked.

--
Jon


"Michael" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]
> Jon,
>
> BINGO
>
> There was the task! renamed it, now can create a task named Reminders -
> Walraven.
> I will work on getting a dummy task properly set up so Calendar can keep
> it updated.
>
> Thanks a WHOLE BUNCH,
> Michael
>
> "Jon" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> news:[email protected]
>> Hi Michael
>>
>> Another option would be to open up the folder where the scheduled tasks
>> are stored directly
>>
>> ie
>>
>> C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\Microsoft\Windows
>> (might have to pass a few UAC prompts)
>>
>>
>> There should be a subfolder in there 'WindowsCalendar' containing the
>> tasks (in .xml format)
>>
>> So I would try opening up that folder, and looking for any anomalies
>> (such as multiple 'WindowsCalendar' folders etc), including looking also
>> for any hidden files in there, and removing any tasks that shouldn't be
>> there.
>>
>> The Windows Calendar task isn't ordinarily a 'hidden' one, but there's
>> also a 'View > Hidden' option on the menus in Task Scheduler, which makes
>> a few more tasks visible - it's possible that something may have happened
>> to make the task hidden (?), so perhaps worth trying that option too.
>>
>> --
>> Jon
>>
>>
>> "Michael" <[email protected]> wrote in message
>> news:B6B36[email protected]
>>> Jon,
>>> Thanks for pointer on schtasks, I will add it to my list of diagnostic
>>> programs.
>>>
>>> I hadn't realized that the task 'disappeared' while WinCal was running,
>>> interesting (I have created a special user to test around with calendar
>>> and it did just as you said).
>>>
>>> Unfortunately schtasks also doesn't show the Reminders - walraven
>>> scheduled task :( (ran elevated)
>>>
>>> In the task scheduler, at the windows/WinCalendar 'folder' I removed all
>>> the listed items (just one for my test user Reminders - tester).
>>> Then I tried to delete the folder (probably not a good idea but I did
>>> restore point before trying). Error, folder not empty. So at this level
>>> the folder is not empty (although no entries show) and I cannot add a
>>> task named 'Reminders - walraven' because it already exists.
>>>
>>> One solution would probably be to give up, leave the phantom in there
>>> and change my name - but I like my name.
>>> I suspect that the author of the phantom task is 'WALRAVEN-PC\walraven'
>>> , that PC name no longer exists and somehow that is having an effect.
>>> I even changed my PC's name back to WALRAVEN-PC but that did not show
>>> the phantom either (I suspect that created another GUID but not the
>>> 'same' as the first instance, just a guess however).
>>>
>>> Any more hints on where the phantom is or how to find it gratefully
>>> solicited.
>>>
>>> Michael
>>>
>>> "Jon" <[email protected]> wrote in message
>>> news:[email protected]
>>>>
>>>> "Michael" <[email protected]> wrote in message
>>>> news:[email protected]
>>>>>I have been working this problem for a long time without success, hope
>>>>>someone can help.
>>>>> Problem started after I changed the name of my computer, changing back
>>>>> did not help however.
>>>>>
>>>>> Calendar basically will not provide reminders unless it is running,
>>>>> the task scheduler entry for WindowsCalendar is 'empty'. From other
>>>>> discussions within these groups the solution is to re-populate the
>>>>> task for the scheduler. Seems reasonable so I attempt to create the
>>>>> task 'Reminders - walraven' after going thru setting it up an error
>>>>> box pops up:
>>>>> An error has occurred for task Reminders - walraven. Error message: A
>>>>> task or folder with this name already exists.
>>>>>
>>>>> The basic question is WHERE is this task or folder located so I can
>>>>> get rid of it and start anew. I have searched the hard drive and the
>>>>> registry to no avail.
>>>>>
>>>>> Thanks,
>>>>> Michael
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> First thing to check would be that you have the 'Reminders should
>>>> show....' option checked under File > Options.
>>>> Probably obvious, but worth stating.
>>>>
>>>> Secondly you shouldn't ordinarily need to touch the task in Task
>>>> Scheduler, in fact doing so should have no effect.. That task normally
>>>> gets completely deleted when you start the Calendar program, and
>>>> recreated when you exit it. So that's another thing to bear in mind -
>>>> the task will only exist in Calendar, when you've exited the program,
>>>> and not while it's running
>>>>
>>>> Other than that trying this command from both an elevated ('Run as
>>>> administrator' option) and non-elevated command prompt, may reveal the
>>>> task and the folder it's in.
>>>>
>>>> schtasks /query
>>>>
>>>> schtasks /? for more options
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> --
>>>> Jon
>>>>
>>>>
>>>

>>

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Jon

Cool. Bit of a strange one that, though. One to watch out for if changing
computer names.

--
Jon


"Michael" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]
> Jon,
> Follow up. I didn't even have to create a dummy task, opened Calendar,
> toggled the reminder should show, closed Calendar and there was the proper
> task.
>
> Thanks again.
> Michael
>
> "Jon" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> news:[email protected]
>> Hi Michael
>>
>> Another option would be to open up the folder where the scheduled tasks
>> are stored directly
>>
>> ie
>>
>> C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\Microsoft\Windows
>> (might have to pass a few UAC prompts)
>>
>>
>> There should be a subfolder in there 'WindowsCalendar' containing the
>> tasks (in .xml format)
>>
>> So I would try opening up that folder, and looking for any anomalies
>> (such as multiple 'WindowsCalendar' folders etc), including looking also
>> for any hidden files in there, and removing any tasks that shouldn't be
>> there.
>>
>> The Windows Calendar task isn't ordinarily a 'hidden' one, but there's
>> also a 'View > Hidden' option on the menus in Task Scheduler, which makes
>> a few more tasks visible - it's possible that something may have happened
>> to make the task hidden (?), so perhaps worth trying that option too.
>>
>> --
>> Jon
>>
>>
>> "Michael" <[email protected]> wrote in message
>> news:[email protected]
>>> Jon,
>>> Thanks for pointer on schtasks, I will add it to my list of diagnostic
>>> programs.
>>>
>>> I hadn't realized that the task 'disappeared' while WinCal was running,
>>> interesting (I have created a special user to test around with calendar
>>> and it did just as you said).
>>>
>>> Unfortunately schtasks also doesn't show the Reminders - walraven
>>> scheduled task :( (ran elevated)
>>>
>>> In the task scheduler, at the windows/WinCalendar 'folder' I removed all
>>> the listed items (just one for my test user Reminders - tester).
>>> Then I tried to delete the folder (probably not a good idea but I did
>>> restore point before trying). Error, folder not empty. So at this level
>>> the folder is not empty (although no entries show) and I cannot add a
>>> task named 'Reminders - walraven' because it already exists.
>>>
>>> One solution would probably be to give up, leave the phantom in there
>>> and change my name - but I like my name.
>>> I suspect that the author of the phantom task is 'WALRAVEN-PC\walraven'
>>> , that PC name no longer exists and somehow that is having an effect.
>>> I even changed my PC's name back to WALRAVEN-PC but that did not show
>>> the phantom either (I suspect that created another GUID but not the
>>> 'same' as the first instance, just a guess however).
>>>
>>> Any more hints on where the phantom is or how to find it gratefully
>>> solicited.
>>>
>>> Michael
>>>
>>> "Jon" <[email protected]> wrote in message
>>> news:[email protected]
>>>>
>>>> "Michael" <[email protected]> wrote in message
>>>> news:[email protected]
>>>>>I have been working this problem for a long time without success, hope
>>>>>someone can help.
>>>>> Problem started after I changed the name of my computer, changing back
>>>>> did not help however.
>>>>>
>>>>> Calendar basically will not provide reminders unless it is running,
>>>>> the task scheduler entry for WindowsCalendar is 'empty'. From other
>>>>> discussions within these groups the solution is to re-populate the
>>>>> task for the scheduler. Seems reasonable so I attempt to create the
>>>>> task 'Reminders - walraven' after going thru setting it up an error
>>>>> box pops up:
>>>>> An error has occurred for task Reminders - walraven. Error message: A
>>>>> task or folder with this name already exists.
>>>>>
>>>>> The basic question is WHERE is this task or folder located so I can
>>>>> get rid of it and start anew. I have searched the hard drive and the
>>>>> registry to no avail.
>>>>>
>>>>> Thanks,
>>>>> Michael
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> First thing to check would be that you have the 'Reminders should
>>>> show....' option checked under File > Options.
>>>> Probably obvious, but worth stating.
>>>>
>>>> Secondly you shouldn't ordinarily need to touch the task in Task
>>>> Scheduler, in fact doing so should have no effect.. That task normally
>>>> gets completely deleted when you start the Calendar program, and
>>>> recreated when you exit it. So that's another thing to bear in mind -
>>>> the task will only exist in Calendar, when you've exited the program,
>>>> and not while it's running
>>>>
>>>> Other than that trying this command from both an elevated ('Run as
>>>> administrator' option) and non-elevated command prompt, may reveal the
>>>> task and the folder it's in.
>>>>
>>>> schtasks /query
>>>>
>>>> schtasks /? for more options
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> --
>>>> Jon
>>>>
>>>>
>>>

>>

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