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0001588SpeedFanConfigurationpublic2011-05-28 21:45
Reporternotslow Assigned Toalfredo  
Status acknowledgedResolutionopen 
OSWindows 7 
Product Version4.40 
Summary0001588: Is there a way to back up my Speedfan configuration settings?
DescriptionI want to be able to save my configurations in case I have to reinstall Windows. I can't find any info on how to do this.
TagsNo tags attached.
Motherboard ModelGA-MA790GP-UD4H
Video Card Modelon board



2010-04-13 05:17

reporter   ~0005196

Last edited: 2010-04-13 05:33

I restarted my computer and not only does speedfan not restart even though it is in the start menu folder, but I lost all of my settings.


2010-04-13 05:33

reporter   ~0005197

Okay,I found that if I run speedfan as an administrator my saved configurations come back. I really need to know where these configurations are so I can save a backup. Still can't get speedfan to run on startup.


2010-04-13 11:35

reporter   ~0005198

Okay, I got speedfan to start on reboot, but it won't run as administrator, so it doesn't have any of my settings.
If I check run as administrator in properties, it won't start on reboot. This is really getting confusing.
Please help!


2010-04-13 11:43

manager   ~0005199

Vista and Windows 7 changed the way the startup folder works. You should use the Task Scheduler instead.
SpeedFan's configuration is entirely stored in .CFG files that are in the same directory where speedfan.exe resides.


2010-04-18 00:04

reporter   ~0005221

That worked, Thanks. Only problem now is speedfan doesn't display temps in taskbar. Any fix for this?


2010-04-18 12:25

manager   ~0005222

Enter CONFIGURE, select your favourite temperature, check SHOW IN TRAY.


2010-04-19 20:42

reporter   ~0005233

I should have specified. It shows in tray when I manually start, but not when run as a service.


2010-04-19 21:44

manager   ~0005234

This last request is something OS specific and I have to admit that I don't know how SpeedFan run as a service can interact with the tray area.


2010-04-20 00:18

reporter   ~0005235

Why do you want to run it as a service then? If you use the task scheduler it starts with Vista/Win7 automatically and shows in the tray. Isn't that what you want?


2010-04-20 01:07

reporter   ~0005237

Maybe I don't understand what a service is then. I have it set to run in task scheduler. I know it runs after the system boots because I can hear the fans adjust speed, but the tray icon does not appear. If I run the program manually, the tray icon appears fine. This is with Windows 7.


2010-04-20 11:59

reporter   ~0005238

That is the correct way. Are you sure that it isn't there and not just hidden? Win7 hides many tray icons by default. Can you see the process in the task manager when startup is complete?


2010-04-28 11:27

reporter   ~0005242

I start Speedfan at machine boot with task scheduler under Windows 7 64-bit. Sometimes Speedfan appears as tray icon and sometimes not. It is always active, however, since I hear the fan speeds changing.
If I log in immediately after the Windows 7 login screen appears, Speedfan is often invisible. If I log in some seconds after the login screen appeared (10-30), Speedfan is almost always visible. I have a USB scanner that gives a croaking sound at machine boot initialization after the login screen appeared - if I log in after that sound, Speedfan is visible.

I would like that Speedfan is more Windows 7 specific, that means it should not save its configuration as a file in the program directory. It should either save the configuration into the registry or into a user-specific local configuration file unter c:\users\<username>\appdata\local\Speedfan. This is known as the "local appdata" shell folder.


2010-04-28 11:52

reporter   ~0005243

Try changing the trigger in the task from boot to logon. Then Speedfan will not load before logon and you should not have the described issue.

2010-04-28 12:40


Speedfan.xml (3,268 bytes)   
��<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-16"?>

<Task version="1.2" xmlns="">




    <Description>Speedfan bei login starten</Description>








    <Principal id="Author">

























  <Actions Context="Author">


      <Command>"C:\Program Files (x86)\SpeedFan\speedfan.exe"</Command>

      <WorkingDirectory>C:\Program Files (x86)\SpeedFan\</WorkingDirectory>



Speedfan.xml (3,268 bytes)   


2010-04-28 12:42

reporter   ~0005244

The trigger is already logon. I attach the exported Speedfan.xml from task scheduler to this ticket. Nothing special, in my opinion.


2010-05-01 00:30

reporter   ~0005260

I tried changing the trigger to logon and still no tray icon. Also, speedfan does not show as a process in task manager. I know it's running because when I go to task scheduler it shows it as active and I can hear it adjust fan speed on boot.


2010-05-02 23:49

reporter   ~0005262

I have been using task scheduler to launch Speed fan as admin since Vista 64 came out and now on Windows 7 64 without to much trouble. I do delay speedfan for 10 seconds in task scheduler. The trigger is at login any user.

Oh and please please do not move the program settings to the registry as I prefer that all programs store their settings in their install directory.


2010-05-05 02:11

reporter   ~0005263

I tried adding the 10 second delay and it's set to activate on log in. My computer is set to log automatically, it doesn't start at the login screen, so I don't know if that matters. So far, I'm stumped. Speedfan seems to be working fine, I just don't see the icon and can't access the program from task manager. Is there any other setting I might need to change?


2010-05-05 10:22

reporter   ~0005264

Last edited: 2010-05-05 10:27

The problem is that it can't be a problem of Speedfan. The task scheduler is a Windows component and solely responsible for Speedfan to start. I checked your uploaded task and seems to be correct. I use the same task except for the file directory.

Have you tried completely uninstalling Speedfan and installing it again, preferably without previous settings (just for testing)?

Please also try to install Speedfan to a separate directory (e.g. c:/Speedfan, again just for testing purposes).

Are you absolutely sure that Speedfan is working in the background? If the process is not visible in task manager, it is not running! Your BIOS can also change fan speeds automatically, so changing fan speeds don't have to be an indication of Speedfan running.


2010-05-06 02:23

reporter   ~0005265

Speedfan is definitely running, when it is not installed the zalman heatsink fan sounds like a window fan on high as the bios does not slow it nearly enough. Task scheduler also shows it as running. I will try a few more of the suggestions.
Is it possible I am pointing task scheduler to the wrong exe?


2010-05-06 03:09

reporter   ~0005266

Last edited: 2010-05-06 03:53

speedfan.exe is the only and correct one. Your task points to "C:\Program Files (x86)\SpeedFan\speedfan.exe".


2011-05-27 20:20

reporter   ~0006212

Is there any solution to this now? I experience exactly the same problem with the task scheduler in Windows 7 (no tray icon).


2011-05-28 21:45

reporter   ~0006214

I might have found a solution myself.

My Windows 7 is non-English, so the translations might not be 100% correct.

In the task scheduler, you have to activate "only execute if the user is logged on" and not "independent from user log on". Activate "highest privileges" to run it with administrator rights.

This seems to be a general "problem". Though there are not many reports on the internet, people also have problems with no icon appearing when starting other programs than SF with task scheduler.

In my case, this is behaviour is reproducible for SF and other programs, so I hope this might help others too.

Issue History

Date Modified Username Field Change
2010-04-12 04:55 notslow New Issue
2010-04-12 04:55 notslow Status new => assigned
2010-04-12 04:55 notslow Assigned To => alfredo
2010-04-12 04:55 notslow Motherboard Model => GA-MA790GP-UD4H
2010-04-12 04:55 notslow Video Card Model => on board
2010-04-13 05:17 notslow Note Added: 0005196
2010-04-13 05:33 notslow Note Added: 0005197
2010-04-13 05:33 notslow Note Edited: 0005196
2010-04-13 11:35 notslow Note Added: 0005198
2010-04-13 11:43 alfredo Note Added: 0005199
2010-04-13 11:43 alfredo Status assigned => acknowledged
2010-04-18 00:04 notslow Note Added: 0005221
2010-04-18 12:25 alfredo Note Added: 0005222
2010-04-19 20:42 notslow Note Added: 0005233
2010-04-19 21:44 alfredo Note Added: 0005234
2010-04-20 00:18 norman02us Note Added: 0005235
2010-04-20 01:07 notslow Note Added: 0005237
2010-04-20 11:59 norman02us Note Added: 0005238
2010-04-28 11:27 alexw Note Added: 0005242
2010-04-28 11:52 norman02us Note Added: 0005243
2010-04-28 12:40 alexw File Added: Speedfan.xml
2010-04-28 12:42 alexw Note Added: 0005244
2010-05-01 00:30 notslow Note Added: 0005260
2010-05-02 23:49 Wonderwrench Note Added: 0005262
2010-05-05 02:11 notslow Note Added: 0005263
2010-05-05 10:22 norman02us Note Added: 0005264
2010-05-05 10:23 norman02us Note Edited: 0005264
2010-05-05 10:24 norman02us Note Edited: 0005264
2010-05-05 10:27 norman02us Note Edited: 0005264
2010-05-06 02:23 notslow Note Added: 0005265
2010-05-06 03:09 norman02us Note Added: 0005266
2010-05-06 03:53 norman02us Note Edited: 0005266
2011-05-27 20:20 suppa Note Added: 0006212
2011-05-28 21:45 suppa Note Added: 0006214