A scheduled task is a job scheduled to run at a specific time and frequency and run a specific command on the operational system.

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Why doesn't my Windows 7 task show up in Task Scheduler?

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit: I added new task, to run .bat every night, by doing steps below. But new task doesn't show up in Task Scheduler's Task Status or Active Tasks. I tried adding it again, but it ...
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Windows task scheduler with regular user

I have a powershell script on my network share (\server\dir\my.ps1). if I run this from command prompt (powershell -file "\server\dir\my.ps1") than work as expected. if I create a basic task in the ...
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Run Windows 7 Task CMD with SYSTEM user

I have a .cmd script I want to run every 5 minutes. if I add a Windows 7 Task for that it runs fine if I provide a real user. But I want to run it with the SYSTEM user. Doing this the script does ...
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Windows 8.1 Apps starting in background

Being new to Windows 8.1, I'm always curious at what it does and how it differs from the older versions. One interface that I've been paying attention to is the task manager. While doing so, I ...
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How to set a Linux Ditribution to self-destruct (to wipe everything from the system partition) via a script

I shall be helping to facilitate a course that uses licensed software. The software is somewhat expensive and allows only a limited number of concurrent installations, so what I'll do is to install ...
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How to Delete a file at a specified date

I want to delete a file (a .exe) from a folder, after a specified date, say 25/Feb/2010. How can I use scheduled tasks and batch files for this. I am not sure whether the code below work : @ECHO OFF ...
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Accessing Environment Variables in a Scheduled Task

When setting up a scheduled task, for the action section I'm trying to access an environment variable for the location of the executable that I wish to run. This is mainly because on one machine the ...
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High CPU in Windows 8.1 but can't access Windows backup as per previous answers

Since unfortunately needing to purchase a laptop while WIndows 8.1 is the norm, I've been plagued with problems of high CPU. After a month of use, I inadvertently logged into the Windows Store and ...
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Automatically Wake PC at certain time without wake-on-lan

I feel like this shouldn't be too difficult. I want my PC to turn on at 7:00 AM every morning. I have a Toshiba satellite L50-B-1LN running windows 8. It uses UEFI instead of a normal BIOS. In there ...
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Task Scheduler permissions in Win 2008 server--who has edit permissions?

I'm a little confused by Windwos Task Scheduler permissions (Win 2008 R2). Do local admins have some, but not all, permissions to any task? For example (and excuse me for what may seem a rant) I ...
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How to run AutoHotKey script as an admin every time a user logs in?

I have computers where quite a few users log in. I want to restrict the usage to a maximum of 12 hours after which an ahk script logs off the user. I have the following solution but couldn't figure ...
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Windows Task Scheduler - Task Starting Despite AC Power Condition

On a laptop, I have created a task in Windows Vista SP2 which has the condition "Start the task only if the computer is on AC power". Also checked is "Wake the computer to run this task". I then ...
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Ways to start a program at windows startup?

I had an updater program that started itself on logon but was not able to find it anywhere. After some time I found a hidden task in the task scheduler and managed to turn it off. That made me wonder, ...
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Can you run a scheduled task when the monitor is turned on / off?

As the title says I am wondering if there is a way to detect when the monitor is turned off at all? There are "Hardware Events" under when a specific event is lodged menu however I am not sure if this ...
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Computer (win 8.1) starts by itself

My windows 8.1 desktop has suddenly decided to start itself during the night. It has not done that before and I suspect the behaviour might be new since new year. 1st of january 2015, it started 0615 ...
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Sync Google Drive when not logged in

I have installed Google Drive on Windows Server 2008 R2. When I login to the server, Google Drive starts automatically and synchrnoizes files, pulling changes down from the cloud. All good so far. ...
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Is it possible to schedule my laptop to mute and unmute at a specific time?

I always used to wake up to my favorite radio station on my alarm clock. However, I have moved and can no longer get that radio station over the air. To solve this problem, I would like to stream the ...
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Unlock PC with Windows Task Scheduler

I need to set up a Scheduled Task to unlock Windows 7 PC at specific time. And second Task, to lock at other specific time. Is this possible by cmd.exe command, or I need to use some third party ...
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it opens “open with” prompt whenever scheduled task run

I am trying to run a .vbs file on every five minutes. I am trying to do this using windows task scheduler. In Actions tab -> New Action, I select the file ("D:\Documents\FC3 Savegames\FC3.vbs") ...
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“VirtualBox - Critical Error” When VMs are Runned From Scheduled Tasks

I have 2 VMs running with VirtualBox under a Windows 2003 Server R2 Standard x64 Edition, both are started with scheduled tasks when server starts. VMs: Debian x64 Windows XP Professional Both ...
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Run a scheduled task when a user changes the desktop background

I have a logon script deployed via GPO that changes the users desktop background to a company default, while also adding information via BGinfo that is useful for helpdesk calls. However, users ...
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Run a program before Logoff and wait for finish

When I want to run a program (.exe \ .bat) before Windows 7 Home Premium Logoff \ Restart I use the Task Scheduler and I set a custom event: Log: System, Source: Winlogon, Event ID: 7002 \ 4634 \ 4647 ...
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Start an Indefinite Process on System Startup in Windows 7

I'm having a ton of trouble figuring this one out. I've written a listener program that just sits and waits for specific packets on a port on my system. I've tested it and know that it works so now ...
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windows scheduler that runs every x minutes daily in the command line

Is there a way to schedule a task (.bat) through the command line that runs every 5 minutes daily? I also want it to run even if the user isn't logged on. What is the exact command line syntax?
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Using Task Scheduler to Run a Task Before Shutdown

As of writing, the only options available are to "Begin the task": On a schedule At logon At startup On idle On an event At task modification/creation On connect to user session On disconnect from ...
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Does anyone have a Windows “at /every:” example to explain how to setup a batch file to run the first sunday of every month?

This is the one I have to run first day of the month, but I need to run it the first sunday of every month. at 13:00 /every:1 D:\DBMaintenance\MySc.bat Thanks
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Shut down PC at a determined time

I have a software (calibre ebook manager) that fetches news at 6 am. I want to do the following : Wake computer at 5:50 if not already on.(easily done in bios) A scheduler opens calibre at 5:55 ...
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Restart a computer at a given time with PowerShell

I'm looking for a way to restart a computer with PowerShell (Restart-Computer), at a given time (Example: 03:00AM). The PS-Script itself will run at a random time, when the user executes it, so it's ...
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How to schedule a task based on an application event?

I want to schedule the computer to be locked when a specific application displays a comment/notification above its Icon. Currently, I am trying to use the Task Scheduler in Windows 7 for this but do ...
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How Windows handles scheduled tasks when restarting computer?

I have an indefinitely running scheduled task that repeats every now and then and runs for few minutes. What happens when this task is running and I click restart or shutdown computer? Will Windows ...
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How to totally disable Microsoft Security Essentials Scheduled scan? [duplicate]

I have Win7 x64 with MSE installed, I made my own scripts for MSE scan and backup, jobs are starting at 4 am weekly. I'm using my router for WOL and scheduler for scan, backup and shutdown. Scheduled ...
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Starting scheduled task by detecting connection of USB device

I know it has been discussed that it is not possible to start an application from an usb drive upon connection due to limitations of autorun (or autoplay??) in Win 7. But it is possible to create a ...
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Scheduled Task to download file via http but the file name changes monthly

I'm trying to automate a process on my PC to download a file which is published every month. While the file name changes, the path stays the same. For example: ...
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How to monitor a folder and trigger a command-line action when a file is created or edited?

I need to set up some sort of a script on my Vista machine, so that whenever a file is added to a particular folder, it automatically triggers a background process that operates on the file. (The ...
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How do I mount as SYSTEM?

I want to mount a share as system. I need to run a TACKSCHEDULER task as "Run when not logged on", but I can't access my network drives: mount: R: on /cygdrive/r type ntfs ...
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Automatically close program at a scheduled time each day

Is there a way to automagically determine if a program is running and close it at scheduled time, say 3 am every day? Maybe use task scheduler to close said application? if this is possible any ...
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Running a scheduled task as a domain user - C:\Users\TEMP is created

I am trying to run a scheduled task that runs as a domain admin user (let's call it DOMAIN\installer). Part of this scheduled task runs automated installers for our network. One such installer I have ...
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Automatically add screen shot to scheduled message in Outlook/office prank?

In Outlook (at least recent versions) it is possible to schedule messages, that is, write a message and then set it to be sent one week from now or similar. I wonder if it is possible to schedule ...
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Map a network drive to be used by a service

I am trying to map a network drive (the WD My Cloud HDD) to be used by a service (CrashPlan backup software) in Windows 8, something that I have achieved with this script: net use X: ...
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.bat script doesn't work by using window scheduler

i created a .bat script to perform daily folder compression. it is working fine when i double click the .bat file. However, it doesnt work when i include it in window scheduler. Below is the script: ...
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Start task according to bandwith speed?

How I can start task according to my downloading speed "Bandwidth". Lets say I want to start .bat file if my downloading speed didn't exceed 50 KB/s for more than 50 seconds. What tools should I have. ...
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VBScript in Windows 7 64bit Scheduled Task - Works with only run when logged in

So basically I have this VBScript that opens up an Excel 2010 instance, run a macro in it and close the spreadsheet. I am calling it using Scheduled Task to automate it. It ran beautifully when I was ...
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Running a powershell script at startup

I am writing a script to remove a computer from the domain, rename it, then add it back. It works fine when I set the trigger to AtLogOn but when I switch to AtStartUp I run into some issues. I get ...
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Windows task scheduler searching for the wrong file

I have a task that runs a .exe , It is a simple VB program that reads from a txt file, in the code I have this: My.Computer.FileSystem.OpenTextFileReader("test.txt") But when the scheduler runs ...
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Automatically delete old files from a specified folder?

I want to set up an automatic task that will automatically delete files older than X days from a specific folder. I'd prefer to do it without having to install any 3rd party software, but I'll be ok ...
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Setting a Scheduled Task with Windows XP Home Edition

I wanted to use this command-line tool in a batch : SCHTASKS /Create /SC DAILY /TN "MySoftware" /TR mysoftware.exe /ST 02:00 to create a Scheduled Task on a client's computer (I wanted to use a ...
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How to schedule application termination in Windows 8.1?

I have an app.exe file which I want to be terminated every monday at 19:00. Is it possible to schedule tha task which terminates app.exe ?
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windows 7 task schedule / mysqldump

Ive created a batch file to create a dump of a database and save it in a file with the current date as part of the file name. The batch file works brilliantly and all the data is saved correctly. ...
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How to capture a windows pop-up box event in task manager or by other method?

The pop-up box event is a windows error notification with a 'OK' click box. I want to auto-click the 'OK' or suppress the appearance of the pop-up box. But how to capture this event? I can't see ...
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OSX - Schedule programs to start at night, close in morning

On Mac OSX, is there a program or method I could use to start an application (say Dropbox) at around 9pm at night and then close the application in the morning (say 9am). I've found Dropbox is making ...