Scheduled Task fails with error code 2147942667

A scheduled task in Windows Server 2008 fails to start.

The task history displays two errors:

Event 103: Task Scheduler failed to start instance “{…}” of “…”  task for user “…”.
Additional Data: Error Value: 2147942667.

Event 203: Task Scheduler failed to launch action “…” in instance “…” of task “…”.
Additional Data: Error Value: 2147942667.

Error code 2147942667 indicates that the directory name is invalid. In most cases, this is caused by placing quotes around the “Start In” directory.

Remove the surrounding quotes from the “Start In” path.
The path of the program to launch must be surrounded by quotes if it contains spaces; the “Start In” path must not be surrounded by quotes.

Applies To:
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Vista
Posted in Windows 2008 R2 and tagged , .


  1. Thanks! Task scheduler should allow quotes to be more flexible. Or at least have a useful error message at save-time.

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