I'm not sure if this is the right forum, but it's worth a try. Our programs (SAS 9.2,Windows 2003 Server) are running extremely slow in the task scheduler since we upgraded. I changed all of the .bat files to reference the new version, but it's taking twice as long to run the jobs. Any ideas?
Have you tried to run the .bat files from the CMD prompt? It may not be the task scheduler but some pointer in the batch file itself. Sometimes M$ can have pointers that need to time out to go to the next step.
Also, you will want to debug this condition by documenting CPU and elapsed time for your "scheduled" and "command-prompt" initiated jobs (SAS log info with FULLSTIMER) to start. And, also, ensure that no other environment changes have been made, if you determine that both types of initiated-job result in the slow execution symptom.