Windows Server 2008 Scheduled Task Failure – Error Value: 2147942667

After a server move from a Windows Server 2003 machine to a new Windows Server 2008 R2 machine, all the legacy scheduled tasks that were ported over failed with the following error;

Task Scheduler failed to launch action “C:\WINDOWS\System32\cscript.exe” in instance “{6ba04d74-b383-44d3-b2f2-8121800cc4e0}” of task “[Task Name]”. Additional Data: Error Value: 2147942667.

Turns out that error code 2147942667 means that the “Start In” parameter value was incorrect. This value must not be wrapped in quotes, unlike it could be in a Windows Server 2003 Scheduled Task. Below is a correct example.

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