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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NT Authority\System can't download an email attachment. Which account can?

Believe it or not, this question is related to a real, production process. Because the company we are working with is run by cave men, I think, but... Yeah. Anyway. There is a scheduled task on this ...
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Run batch file through Windows 7 scheduler to rename folder on network drive

I'm trying to do what I believed would be very simple: have a .bat file that rename two folders on a network drive. The script works fine when running from prompt, but not from the scheduler. Any ...
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Windows XP Scheduled task running under wrong profile

I have a scheduled task on Windows XP SP3 that among other things launches a headless Virtual Box machine. The task is configured to use the administrator account The VirtualBox config file is ...
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XML Errors in the Task scheduler

When I open the task scheduler I get a pop up telling me that the XML code contains an incorrect value, badly formatted, out of bounds or a bad node. I get this error for the following tasks: ...
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Does an operating system intervine after each time slice/quantum?

In the context of process scheduling, does the operating system intervene after each time slice/quantum ends? For example if the computer was idle and 4 tasks arrived : t1, t2, t3 and t4, and they got ...
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Schedule a task for all users on a computer

What I am trying to accomplish here is to shutdown a shared machine when it has been idle for 3 hours. I'm in a domain environment with partial admin privileges. I logged on that machine with ...
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Run application after startup and wake up, before user login?

My desktop computer is in my home and I'm in a travel to other cities. I want to access my desktop by remote desktop function in Windows in case I have to retrieve the files in the desktop. There ...
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Simplest setup on Windows to send HTTP request, get and apply regex to response, and write match(es) to output file

I'd like to write a script that records the size of the close votes review queue on SO (currently ~95.5k), polling just a few times an hour, so I could plot a general trend. I know what I'm going to ...
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How a scheduler is scheduled?

A scheduler being a system program must be scheduled for execution so that it can wake up and schedule other programs. I read about process scheduling and algorithms but couldn't figure out how a ...
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Run a script when hibernating Windows 8

I have an EXE file that I need to run immediately before I hibernate my Windows 8 PC, every time. How can I do this? I know I can use the Task Scheduler to accomplish this, but which trigger is best ...
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Setting task scheduler to run when online [duplicate]

I have my Windows Update set to "never check for updates" on Windows 8.1, but since I still want the Defender definitions update daily, I created a task to get them. However, I have a question about ...
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Task Scheduler won't start various programs on startup

For example it starts SpeedFan without any problem, and with same settings, or even in the same Task, if I add for example other .exe software like FTP server software Gene6 FTP Server it simply ...
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Scheduled Task fails with 0x1 on multiple computers

I have configured 3 LAN computers to run scheduled tasks, however on all of them (Windows 7 & Windows 8) the scheduled task will fail with infamous 0x1. The task is set to run, whether user is ...
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How to run Firefox with AT command in Linux?

I try to run a specified command on a desired time. I found at for this, and it seems to work fine if I run: echo "ls -al / > /home/florin/test.txt" | at 4:21am But I want to run a different ...
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Task queue/ scheduler

I want to write a process queue that can be utilized by multiple users, to run long running python processes, on a shared machine such that only a single process can run at a time due to resource ...
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schtasks: How to set 'Stop the existing instance' from commandline?

If a task (in schtasks.exe) is already running, then the following rule should apply: "Stop the existing instance". Source: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc722178.aspx How can I set ...
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What's the best tool to use to automatically backup selected folders from Windows to my external hard drive? [closed]

I have a 1TB external hard drive and I'd like to periodically schedule backups of my "Libraries" in Windows to the external drive. I'd prefer if it could detect what files have changed and ...
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Task Scheduler Not Waking PC Extended hours of Sleep

I have configured Tasks Scheduler to wake up Windows/PC at certain times; however, the computer does not wake up after extended hours of sleep. If I change the trigger configuration time to: Sleep ...
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Task scheduler triggering logon type 2

If I set "use the following user account" to "INTERACTIVE" and the task runs while the computer is locked, will the event viewer log a logon type 2?
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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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Using Task Scheduler to Run a Task possibly using event id.. i guess

I have created a task which runs on daily basis at startup, and set the computer BIOS to automatically start at 9:00 AM everyday. Also, set the powerloss - last state (this only works when the PC is ...
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What “user” must a scheduled task run as in order to be visible for all users?

I wish a task to be scheduled to run when any user logs on, but is not dependent on any one user being logged on, so I pick "Run whether user is logged on or not". The problem with this is that the ...
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Script to schedule a program to open and automatically navigate to a window within the program

I need to take a scheduled snapshot of my computer screen once a day for data logging purposes. I work for a company, and this program that I need the data from has only 5 licences and cannot be left ...
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How do I get a .bat file to run in Task Scheduler at PC Startup?

Alright so I have been reading through the various answers on Super User for this question and no one has seemed to actually post a way of running a .bat file in Task Scheduler at PC startup. I would ...
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High-privilege autorun programs (tasks) stopping on their own

There’s a program that I want to be automatically run on startup, but because it requires elevated privileges, UAC interferes with it auto-running. I used the Task Scheduler method of working around ...
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Creating Task With a Batch File - run task as soon as possible if missed

When creating a task with a batch file or command line, how do I specify the following option? "Run task as soon as possible after a scheduled start is missed " I know that this option exists via ...
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Thinkpad Tablet 2 Windows 8 Pro Task Scheduler won't do full resume

I have a problem with the Windows 8 Pro task scheduler on a Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 2. Before I begin, the process of which I speak works perfectly on Windows 7 Pro on numerous laptops, older tablets, ...
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Scheduled Task and environment variables WITHOUT CMD /C

I need to run a task within Windows 2003 Task Scheduler however the command needs to access environment variables: vlc.exe http://62.196.56.141:8080 ...
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How to run an Access script using windows task scheduler

I have a VM running Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise and want to use the Task Scheduler to run an Access script. This script will do some stuff and then close. I've already written and tested the ...
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How to keep cmd open after task schedule

I am trying to create a really simple task that uses sdelete command as a scheduled task but when I run the task the CMD just flickers on and off and does not perform the task, so I want to see what ...
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How to run window-less scheduled task

I've got the following command running as scheduled task in Windows 8 cmd /C copy /Y nul B:\keepalive.txt However, when it runs it opens the command prompt window for fraction of second, and that's ...
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How do I schedule my Windows 8 computer to turn on at specific times?

I have searched on google, and all I found was instructions on how to schedule a shut down. A question on this website - "Can my Windows 8 computer turn on by itself?" - had an answer which said "Most ...
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Scheduling Internet Access on the Mac

I'm a student with a Mac laptop on which I take notes. My school has an Internet network. I get distracted during class. I found this wonderful Mac app called SelfControl, but activating and ...
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Scheduled and recurring email in Outlook?

I need to send some emails at a specific time of the day and need to do it every day. How can I do it with Outlook? Delay delivery helps to send mail at a specific of time; but how to create new mail ...
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“/fullscreen” argument does not work when launching Windows Media Player as part of a scheduled task with wake from sleep

I recently asked a question about using Windows 7 Task Scheduler to wake a computer from Sleep mode and play a video, Windows Task Scheduler to wake from sleep and play a video, and I got it to work, ...
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Windows Task Scheduler to wake from sleep and play a video

I am trying to follow the directions in Can Windows 7 Task scheduler start a playlist in Windows Media Player 11?, but it is not working for me. It may be because I want to play video rather than ...
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Schedule Computer to Shutdown and Turn on

I have a small computer running Windows Server 2012 for storing files for remote access during the day. At night, the machine is not needed. Ideally, I'd like the machine to do the following: ...
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FTP batch file works from command line but not scheduled task

I want a windows scheduled task to execute an ftp batch file which will upload some files to my server. If i run the argument below from the command line then it executes successfully. ftp -i ...
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Scheduled task returns 0xFF, but works ok

The batch file converts mpg to avi and runs on a schedule. Although the batch works ok from the schedule, Scheduled Task returns the 0xff message. Running manually, it displays an exit code of 0. I ...
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Task Scheduler is not executing the program

Problem: I have a .bat to send me an email with an attachment. When I execute it in cmd or in Windows Explorer, it works and I receive my email within 3-5 sec. I scheduled a task for its execution ...
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How to disable automatic Windows backups?

I have a couple of Windows 7 machines at work. I have them both set up to perform weekly backups to a network drive. I'd like to temporarily disable that, while I'm on vacation. But I don't know how. ...
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Windows run job by id right 'now'

Can one run a scheduled command by id 'right now' ? I'm not sure if it is even possible on windows, Atleast I haven't found anything yet
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Task Scheduler (run whether user is logged on or not)

I'm having a problem with scheduling a task in Windows 7 I m creating a task which is mapped to a bat file to execute, here is my .bat file : cd "C:\soft\" Start excel "" "AD Auto Run.xlsm" its ...
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How to prevent an application from adding a scheduled task?

I use Garena to play online. However, it has this annoying habit of adding a scheduled task on every startup in order to bypass UAC prompts. Basically, it keeps running its DLL (named ggspawn.dll) in ...
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Windows task scheduler won't run file on non-system drive

I have an executable that needs to be run on an E:/ drive, Windows Server 2012 is installed on the C:/ drive. I've created a scheduled task that has the full path to the target executable ...
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Task scheduler doesn't work unless I run it manually

I have a scheduled task on my Windows 2008 R2 server which is supposed to run a powershell script to download a backup of a file from another server. On this same server, I have scheduled the exact ...
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Is there a way to schedule Samsung Magician SSD optimization?

I have been using a Samsung 840 for a half year on my development workstation, and noticed how its performance degrades over time. Windows 7 is supposed to run the TRIM command automatically, but ...
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Conditionally put back computer to sleep after task finished

I have a task scheduled that runs periodically every few hours. I'd like to allow it to wake computer from sleep state and based on how that task finished (perhaps based on exit code, or some other ...
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Scheduled task with custom weekly schedule does not run

I have set up a new task in Task Scheduler (on Windows 8) to run a batch file and set the task to run each week day at 7:40 AM. The task never runs (automatically). Next Run Time shows the correct ...
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Task Scheduler - Batch script to run on condition that another task has completed

In Windows Server 2008 R2, I want to set up a Scheduled Task to run a batch script on the following condition -The task should only run once another task, that also runs a batch script, has ...