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I keep alot of my classwork documents hosted on dropbox as well as my personal site for remote storage. This helps alot since I switch between an iPad, laptop and desktop, so there are no worries about my documents being out of touch.

Problem is, this solution relies on me remembering to execute the sync program (synctoy) for win7, so I'd like a solution to do this automatically. I've found some scripting help that should work on bootup, but how can I get the script to execute on entering sleep and hibernate, resuming from both, as well as executing before shutdown.

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+1 Good question. I'm aware there are specific scripts you can add to in Ubuntu Linux for this (though I'd like to know specifically which myself). Anyway, I've totally had this come up in using Windows too. – Doc Aug 9 '11 at 23:36

Try this when the computer returns from Hibernate or Sleep Mode

Begin the Task: On an event
Setting Basic
Log:  System
Source: Power-Troubleshooter
Event ID: 1
The system has resumed from sleep.

When you put the computer in Hibernate or Sleep Mode

Begin the Task: On an event
Setting Basic
Log:  System
Source: Kernel-Power
Event ID: 42
The system is entering sleep.
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thanks, this did the trick! – Allanrbo Jul 9 '12 at 23:13
Doesn't work when I Hibernate. I can see the event getting logged in Event Viewer, but the script that I specified in Task Scheduler is only running after the system returns from Hibernate. According to the Task Scheduler history, the task is triggered but not run. – Andreas Haferburg Nov 26 '15 at 9:12

You can create a task that uses any of the following options as triggers for the Task Scheduler in Windows 7:

  • On Schedule
  • On Logon
  • At Startup
  • On Idle
  • On An Event
  • On connection to User Session
  • On disconnect from User Session
  • On Workstation lock
  • On Workstation unlock

There's lots to work with there, I'd be looking at the on Idle, on Workstation lock and On Workstation Unlock triggers. That's probably your best bet.

Hope that helps.

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Bingo. I have a task scheduled that runs SyncToyCmd.exe -R daily, so it should work fine with the other triggers, too. – Andrew Coleson Aug 13 '11 at 4:59

When I wanted it set up, I wanted a very low-latency approach so I could get a splash screen going. For task scheduler you want to set the trigger to "on an event" then set to custom rather than basic, then edit the query manually under event trigger's XML tab.

I tried this script for XML:

  <Query Id="0" Path="System">
    <Select Path="System">*[System[Provider[@Name='Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-Power'] and (Level=4 or Level=0) and (EventID=42)]]</Select>

If you need the application to start up in a snap, this is the best way to do it.

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