Windows 10: Task scheduler Microsoft unaccessible

  1.    07 Dec 2016 #1

    Task scheduler Microsoft unaccessible

    In the Task Scheduler library there is a subdirectory "Microsoft." It is shown as blank, though I know there are tasks there. Is this intentional or a quirk in my setup?. The reason I am looking this time is an article about reducing the size of the WinSxS folder This suggests to run the Task Scheduler Library\Microsoft\Windows\Servicing\StartComponentCleanup.
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  2.    08 Dec 2016 #2

    Though this article was written for Windows 8 it talks about this scheduled task: Clean Up the WinSxS Folder. You can always run the DISM command manually, but I agree that something is amiss with your system. Using Everything to search for "StartComponentCleanup" on my production desktop, here's what I get:
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    If you want to try the manual command, the syntax is:
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  3.    08 Dec 2016 #3

    Ed, Thanks for your advice. I was able to import the file into a new directory (\MS) -- but only after renaming it to *.xml, since that's what Task Scheduler is looking for. I ran it but couldn't tell if it was doing anything. Checked size of Winsxs folder. 3.8 G. That's better than the 5+ G that it was yesterday. So maybe it did work. When run manually in cmd, using dism.exe /online/ cleanup-image /startcomponentcleanup, there was an error comment: DISM doesn't recognize the command-line option "cleanup-image". So maybe it's changed since Win 8.
    Anyway, the system doesn't seem to mind that the Microsoft Task Scheduler folder is empty. Apparently it refers directly to the \servicing directory.

    I can only assume that MS moved all of its scheduled tasks out of public view to avoid tampering. Why they left the empty directory I can't guess. Or is it really empty? Are the files really there but invisible? Where will we all be on Coronation Day?
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    Windows 10.4 Home 1703 x64 16288.1000
       08 Dec 2016 #4

    You have put a space in front of "cleanup-image", that is the reason of the error.
    Tasks are still located at the suggested location, do you have system files un-hidden?
    If you can not see them directly in Task Scheduler, then there is definitely something wrong.
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  5.    08 Dec 2016 #5

    What TairikuOkami said: gotta put those slashes and spaces in the right places. Just ran this on my production PC at the (admin) command line to prove it to myself:
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    Syntax details matter. If you like, cut'n'paste this string:
    dism /online /cleanup-image /startcomponentcleanup
    and everything should work fine.
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  6.    08 Dec 2016 #6

    Right. The space belonged before the slash, not after. dism.exe /online /cleanup-image /startcomponentcleanup
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    Since the consensus is that my system is awry I hope I can find how to fix it. The Microsoft subdirectory has been blank ever since I first upgraded to Win 10, last year. This has been through numerous upgrades. I have to be cautious about completely reinstalling Windows considering the slight advantage of getting a few oddities corrected compared with the weeks of work reinstalling all my software. But if you have any less drastic suggestions I'd like to hear them.
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  7.    09 Dec 2016 #7

    If you're not getting any repairs from
    sfc /scannow
    dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth /source:WIM:<repairsource>\install.wim
    you might want to consider an in-place upgrade/repair install. Here's a tutorial on that subject: Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade - Windows 10 Tutorials.

    PS: For DISM details see also DISM - Repair Windows 10 Image - Windows 10 Tutorials
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  8.    09 Dec 2016 #8

    Ed, good tips. I'll pursue them. I have tried repair install before without much success, but did not see the tutorial.
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