Recently I wanted to create a new data collector in Windows Performance Monitor (perfmon) and the option to hit “Next” was grayed out (see screenshot below)
I checked Services and noticed the Task Scheduler service was disabled and the option to change it to start was grayed out. Next, I went into the Windows Registry (regedit.exe) and navigated to; HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE –> SYSTEM –> CurrentControlSet –> servives –> Schedule
…and noticed the Start parameter was set to a value of 4 (see screenshot below).
I changed it to a value of 2 (see screenshot below)…
…restarted the server and launched Windows Perfmon. Lo and behold, the “Next” button was not grayed out and I could create a new data collector set! (see screenshot below). By the way, I am running Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise and I had to restart my server in order for the regedit modification to take effect.