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Synctoy will not run as a scheduled task

I have set up a scheduled task in Windows XP Home SP3 to run SyncToy automatically. My Run line is ""C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\SyncToy 2.0.lnk". Each morning I find the SyncToy window in front of me with the Run button down the bottom right just waiting to be pressed. If I press it, SyncToy runs happily. I have another one with this run line: ""C:\Program Files\SyncToy 2.0\SyncToyCmd.exe" -R"PFWD sites", which has no effect at all.

When I set up the scheduled task I got an error message, part of which was “may not run because the account information could not be set… Access is denied”, and it also asked for a password to go with the computer name. I did not set a password when I installed XP.

 

8 Answers Found

 

Answer 1

Scheduled task  should use "SynctoyCmd.exe -R " and it should not open synctoy  window. please make sure you closed synctoy widows before running "SynctoyCmd.exe"(or scheduled  task).


Could you pls take this try first, make sure you "SynctoyCmd.exe" work as well:
1. open a CMD console windows, enter to synctoy folder
2. running synctoy from a commmand line, as below:

Run SyncToy from a Command Line

SyncToy can be run  from the command line  to provide support for scheduling or automating folder pair execution. The command line executable by default is located at: [System Drive]\Program Files\SyncToy 2.0\SyncToyCmd.exe.

SyncToy does not support running multiple copies of SyncToyCmd.exe at the same time. If a second instance of SyncToyCmd.exe is executed, there will be no errors and the command will not be executed.

The parameters provided by this command line interface are described below:

-R Run all folder pairs that are marked as Active For Run All. -R [Name] Run the named folder pair (only one folder pair can be specified).

Usage Examples:

SyncToyCmd -R MyFolderPair SyncToyCmd -R

NOTE: There can be no space between the -R parameter and the MyFolderPair name.

It is also possible to manage folder pairs from the command line. Note: Folder pairs are managed through SyncToy.exe whereas scheduling is performed through SyncToyCmd.exe as described above.

 

Answer 2

Thank you for the reply Joey. I have succeeded in running SyncToyCmd.exe from the Command Prompt. You do not get that nice graphical display, but I can see that new files have appeared on our other computer, which is what I am trying to achieve. So that works for me.
 

Answer 3

testing it on the command line  the "SyncToyCmd.exe" does not work on my XP Pro machines, but it works perfectly as "SyncToyCmd -R" --- just drop the ".exe"... same in the preference line of the Scheduled task; the DOS help file says it clearly but not the Windows installation, too bad; it was a lot of wasted time getting this to work.

great app otherwise!

 

Answer 4

testing it on the command line  the "SyncToyCmd.exe" does not work on my XP Pro machines, but it works perfectly as "SyncToyCmd -R" --- just drop the ".exe"... same in the preference line of the Scheduled task; the DOS help file says it clearly but not the Windows installation, too bad; it was a lot of wasted time getting this to work.

great app otherwise!

 

Answer 5

on my machine I had similar issues: it works if you use the following line  in Scheduled tasks: "C:\Program Files\SyncToy 2.0\SyncToyCmd.exe" -R

note the location of the " !!  The -R is outside the brackets!
 

Answer 6

Thanks martijn_r. Well, I had the inverted commas in the right place. I am trying again without the .exe for tonight's run.

However, I do get the message  "Access is denied... You do not have permission... " when I change the Scheduled Task. It asks for a password, but when I installed  XP I gave no password  and I am the only user. Nevertheless the system accepts my changes and the Scheduled Task is there and looking in order.
 

Answer 7

I think the problems I had setting up the scheduled  task, with the access  denied and password, suggest that the problem lies there, so I am going away to a forum on scheduled tasks if I can find  one to see what people there think
 

Answer 8

tenor2 - I'd like to know whether you've found an answer to this problem. I have the same issue of not having set  up a password. I'm the only user, but have two accounts on my computer. Thought perhaps running as NT ADMINISTRATOR would solve the problem, but no.

Have gotten no answer from MS guys on this.

 
 
 

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