This has been posted in the hope that it might be of help/use to others in fixing what looks like it could be a relatively common problem.Description of problem:
The PC is an HP ENVY 14 laptop running Win7-64 Home Premium
For a while now, I have been getting some odd startup error messages on this laptop - nothing serious or fatal - and today I got another one: the HP Support
program popped up a message window saying that it had an update task that required a restart. So I restarted.
After restarting, it asked for a restart!
After restarting again, it still
asked for a restart.
I figured that the Task Scheduler
might have the details on the task, and decided to take a look as the task clearly wasn't working as it should.
I have to admit that I haven't really looked in the Task Scheduler
in ages, and when it started up I was a bit alarmed to see that it had 4 errors that popped up one after the other. I closed the Task Scheduler and started it up again, and the same thing happened. I repeated this a third time - same result. So here were a bunch of consistent errors that indicated that the Task Scheduler was probably unable to work properly and that it could have been this way for some time, without my knowing. The errors:Discovery:
I googled the first error that had popped up, using the string:
Task Scheduler error User_Feed_Synchronization - The task image is corrupt or has been tampered with)
- and came up with several relevant references, which I have copied below. After reading through them and experimenting a bit (trial-and-error), I figured out an approach that was likely to be most relevant for my laptop and OS.The fix: The Result:
To my delight, with this first fix, all of the Task Scheduler errors went away
, and thus no further fixes seemed necessary. (Phew!) However, it was too good to be true.
Following a laptop reboot the three untreated errors returned, so it seemed that I had only fixed the first error.Unresolved issues:
The root cause of the problem (something had apparently corrupted/tampered with the tasks) is unknown - i.e. How does the task get corrupted in the first place?References: