Task Scheduler Service Grayed Out in Services MMC

When you open the Services management console (services.msc), the Task Scheduler service may be in a disabled state. In the Task Scheduler properties page, all the options may be grayed out, and the service Startup type cannot be changed.

Fix: Task Scheduler Service Grayed Out in Services MMC

Task Scheduler service is not configurable using the GUI. To reset the Startup type of the Task Scheduler service to the default setting (which is Automatic), download the file scheduler.reg and save it to your Desktop. Then right-click on the file and choose Merge. This REG file can be used in Windows Vista, 7, 8 and Windows 10.

The Task Scheduler service settings are stored in the registry key:


task scheduler startup type registry

The DWORD value named Start determines how the service is started. The valid values are:

  • 2 is Automatic
  • 3 is Manual
  • 4 is disabled

The above REG file resets it to 2, which is the Windows-default setting.

Using the reg.exe console tool

Alternately, you can run the following command from an admin Command Prompt window to set Task Scheduler startup type to Automatic:

reg add HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Schedule /v Start /t reg_dword /d 2 /f

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Ramesh Srinivasan founded Winhelponline.com back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 10 consecutive years from 2003 to 2012.

4 thoughts on “Task Scheduler Service Grayed Out in Services MMC”

  1. Wow, that was some spot on advice. My sincere thanks. I read the stuff you told me to also. Thanks for the guidance, I’d have never figured that out.


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