With the Task Scheduler in Windows 10, users can automate routine tasks on a PC. The Task Scheduler works by monitoring the criteria or triggers chosen as signifiers for an event. With this, it helps to execute each task once the criteria are satisfied.
However, situations may arise where users may need to disable a scheduled task. Possibly the task slows down the PC or it is no longer needed. In such a situation, there are four ways to disable the scheduled task.
USING TASK SCHEDULER TO DISABLE SCHEDULED TASKS
The same way tasks are enabled on the task scheduler is the same way users can also disable them. Here’s how to disable scheduled tasks using the Task Scheduler:
Step 1: Click on the Windows button at the bottom-left of your PC screen.
Step 2: Scroll to Windows Administrative Tools and click on the drop-down arrow to unveil the different tools.
Step 3: Navigate to Task Scheduler and click on it. An alternative way to launch the Task Scheduler is by clicking on the search box beside the Windows button, enter the phrase, Task Scheduler and click on the icon or press Enter.
Step 4: When the Task Scheduler launches, click on Task Scheduler library.
Step 5: Check through the Task Scheduler library to locate the task or tasks that you need to disable. In some cases, you may have to browse through different folders to locate the tasks.
Step 6: After selecting the task, on the right pane named Actions, click on the tab named Selected Item to open a drop-down.
Step 7: Select Disable from the list of options available.
Once you complete the above steps, you should successfully disable the scheduled task.
USING WINDOWS COMMAND PROMPT TO DISABLE SCHEDULED TASKS
The Command Prompt is also another option to consider when trying to disable tasks on Windows 10 and former versions. Here’s how it works:
Step 1: On the Windows search bar, input search query for Command Prompt and select Enter to launch it.
Step 2: Typically, scheduled tasks are stored in the root folder of the Task Scheduler library. Once Command Prompt launches, type this command into Command Prompt if your tasks are within the root folder library.
schtasks /Change /TN "<task name>" /Disable
However, if the scheduled tasks are in a different folder other than the Task Scheduler root folder, then use the name of the actual folder as shown below:
schtasks /Change /TN "<folder location>\<task name>" /Disable
The task Name should be the name of the task to be disabled while folder name should be the stored location of the task.
Step 3: Select Enter on your keyboard to run the command.