The Windows Task Scheduler is an incredibly useful utility, but many users reported The user account you are using does not have permission to disable this task error while using it. Unfortunately, the application can sometimes encounter issues such as this one, so it’s important to fix them as soon as possible, and in this article, we’re going to do just that.
What to do if I cannot disable task in Task Scheduler?
- Run the task as an Administrator
- Use PsTools to disable the stubborn task
- Grant full access to the task file
- Restart Task Scheduler
- Create and use a new administrative account
1. Run the task as an Administrator
One way to deal with The user account you are using does not have permission to disable this task error is to start Task Scheduler as an administrator.
- Click on the Start button.
- Type task scheduler then right-click on the Task Scheduler then select Run as administrator.
This adds more rights to your already privileged administrative account and could help you fix this error.
2. Use PsTools to disable the stubborn task
PsTools is a small but very powerful program with an ability to activate processes that otherwise do not respond to regular commands unless certain conditions are met. As such, this tool might help you fix The user account you are using does not have permission to disable this task error.
You will need to download the software before embarking on the remaining procedure.
- First, go here and download the updated PsTools version.
- Now extract it to the folder you select on your desktop.
- Click on the Start button and type cmd.
- Right-click on cmd and press Run as administrator.
- Now type cd C:UsersUsernameDesktopPstools on the command window (Use your actual username in place of Username and replace Pstools with the name of the folder you had used) and press Enter. This command will take you inside that folder.
- Next type this command: exe -i -s %windir%system32mmc.exe /s taskschd.msc and hit Enter.
- Now head over to the task which has been causing this error, Right-click it the choose Disable.
If all goes well, the task will now be paused.
3. Grant full access to the task file
Every so often, a task will reject some operations due to read/write limitations applied to the supporting file. This may generate The user account you are using does not have permission to disable this task error.
To fix the problem, you have to give complete access for all Administrators to the concerned file.
- Navigate to this location: C: > Windows > System32 > Tasks.
- Look for the file with the same name with the adamant task (occasionally it’s going to be inside one of the subfolders found here so search further).
- Right-click the file, and go to the Properties tab then choose Security.
- Click on the Advanced tab then select Edit under Permissions. Choose Full control then apply the changes and close.
- Reopen the Task Scheduler and check if the error message is gone.
4. Restart Task Scheduler
Try restarting the Task Scheduler and check if that solves The user account you are using does not have permission to disable this task error.
- Click on your PC’s Start button.
- In the Windows 10 search field, type services.msc.
- Right-click on Services.
- Select Run as Administrator.
- Enter your Administrator’s password (if asked).
- Right-click on the Task Scheduler.
- Choose Restart.
Now check if the problem is gone.
5. Create and use a new administrative account
You can now opt to create a new administrator account profile then check if the user account you are using does not have permission to disable this task error issue persists.
- Click on the Start button.
- Choose Settings.
- Click Accounts.
- Select Add someone else to this PC.
- Fill in the requisite username and password. Your new account is now ready.
- Now click on Change account type.
- In the next window, click Administrator to assign it administrative permissions.
- Restart your machine and log in using the new account.
If you no longer face the permissions trouble, it means your previous administrator profile had been corrupted.
There you go, these are some solutions that can help you fix The user account you are using does not have permission to disable this task error, so be sure to try them all.
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