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Come to think about it, since Windows 3.0, Windows 95, 2000, ME, XP, Vista, and Windows 7, does any Windows have a capability of giving a "beep beep" notification to me, let's say I need to go meet somebody after 30 minutes?

Or give a "beep beep" at 2:30pm?

I hope to hear some sound instead of a pop up window as I may be writing something on the desk instead of looking at the computer.

I usually don't want to install 3rd party app for this purpose, as you never know what the app does or how trustworthy it is if it is not a popular app (like Firefox or Safari).

Does any version of Windows come with that capability? I'd imagine it is an app that takes two days to write.

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The AT command? It's a simpler command line version of the Task Scheduler.

Try running something like this from a command prompt as a local admin:

AT 1430 "C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\mplayer2.exe c:\windows\media\tada.wav"

Full options available with AT /?

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It doesn't do the "in 30 minutes" request, but apart from that it seems to fit the bill –  ChrisF Nov 25 '09 at 12:34
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Windows always used to come with Calender, but they took it out (I think with Windows 95), your best now is to use Microsoft Outlook for reminders and appointments - You can set sounds / music and alerts at intervals.

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The Windows Vista Home Premium in my office and the Windows 7 Home Premium at home both have a free calendar out of the box. –  Martin Nov 25 '09 at 12:15
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If you install Windows Live Mail from Microsoft's Windows Live, you'll get a Calendar that will give you alerts. It also works in conjunction with the online Live Calendar service.

And, unlike Outlook, it's free.

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Programs -> accessories -> System Tools --> Scheduled Tasks

Create a task that opens a sound file (wav or mp3 for example) and give it the time you want it to launch.

Make sure sound is up ! Get interrupted!

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This is in windows XP. I think it exists on other versions of windows as well. When you create the task. .make sure to click on "browse" to select your sound file instead of a program to run. –  ayrad Nov 25 '09 at 10:35
    
this should be a solution except in the past it was too troublesome to set something running as a scheduled task. The permission needs to be set right and need to test it. If for some reason it didn't work then the time is missed. –  動靜能量 Nov 25 '09 at 10:38
    
well if the user can open a song or a sound file from somewhere in the computer and he has access to it.. then he or she can schedule a task to open that. When creating the task you specify the user you want –  ayrad Nov 25 '09 at 10:45
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if you happen to have MCE, there is a Microsoft Powertoy available that will play music/sound at a specified time. other than that, it's either scheduled tasks, Outlook or a 'untrustworthy 3rd party app'.

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