or rather Windows. Just when you think that you are getting the hang of things, you go and make some silly error.
- My out of office assistant stopped working.
- When you change the computer name on the network, you user scheduled tasks will cease to run.
I had tried many things to fix this. I deleted my profile, I deleted the send/receive file. I even un-installed, removed the registry keys and reinstalled office. Since I still had access to this feature through web-mail, I had almost forgotten about it. But the other day, our office IT person called and asked me how I fixed that problem when it happened to me. I told her I would get back with her.
In case you are wondering how I fixed this: Help -> About -> Disabled Items
I went through countless KB articles, and was almost going to pay for Experts Exchange, when I came across an article that explains that when you disable an add-in, it saves the information in the registry. I was going through searching for the key, and I ended up on the Help Menu to go back to the KB, when I stumbled across this fix.
I will probably never need this again.
That is, until you update the scheduled task. I run everything manually on my Windows computer, but I set everything up to run automatically on Beth’s. (And everyone else’s computer, when they ask me to fix it.)
When we moved to our new place, I redid the network. With the addition of another router (VoIP) I had to reconfigure all of my port forwarding anyways, so I rebuilt from the ground up. I have all of the computers confusingly descriptive names, that way I could call them from the command line without having to look anything up.
This worked great until I went to scan the most set of monthly statements. I thought that Beth’s computer was running a bit slow, so I looked at the scheduled tasks to see if a defragmentation or a registry cleaning was about due. None of the scheduled tasks had run since we moved! I began looking at the setting and could not figure it out. I decided that I was going to delete all 18 tasks and rebuild them as well.
Just as I was about to delete the first task I noticed that “Run As:” still had the old computer name. I changed all of the authorities, and gave each task a test run, and everything works as it should. I am glad that I caught that one, and just in the nick of time.
I have to admit that both of these were easily overlooked, but I was disappointed I did not discover any of this sooner.