Task scheduler is a component in Windows that, like the unix cron daemon, allows scripts to be run at defined times.

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How to create a Windows task to synchronize files over Google Drive just once a week?

I'm running Windows 7 64-bit and using Google Drive to backup only the unimportant data. I want them to sync just once a week to not to waste computer and network resources all the time (checking for ...
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Is there some sort of sandbox to start a program in and execute macros? [on hold]

What I am looking for is to something like a "cron job" but for a program. Let's say I want this to happen every time at midnight. Program opens up, a button within the program gets clicked, delay of ...
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How to stop/pause task on idle in task scheduler?

How to stop or pause task on idle in Windows Task Scheduler? "This question body does not meet our quality standards. Please make sure that it completely describes your problem - including what you ...
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Windows Task Scheduler on my laptop with numbers display on screen

I need your help and wanted to ensure that I do not delete them. The Windows Task scheduler I have on my laptop has all kinds of list and I was not sure about the numbers that I am not sure of.. See ...
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Task Scheduler returns Directory Name Invalid for valid path

I'm trying to use Task Scheduler to run a Ruby script every night. When I try to run the script, I get error 0x8007010B which seems to be Directory Name Invalid. The directory I'm starting in is a ...
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How to schedule a task to execute 9000 seconds from now on?

I have a batch script that executes a few Python scripts and then needs to schedule the last Python script to be executed 9000 seconds later. Here's what I have so far: (I only know how to manually ...
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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 repeat task not triggering

I am trying to set up a task that will start up an .exe every minute. I have created a Trigger, that when triggered will run the .exe and repeat every minute indefinitely. (I have also tried ...
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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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Win XP task scheduler backup

In my factory, we have two non-networked windows xp machines connected to some industrial equipment. Every day, they log the information that the equipment passes on. I've been backing them manually ...
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Task Scheduler to hit num lock when I plug in keyboard

I would like to use Task Scheduler (I'm using Windows 8.1) to automatically turn on num lock when I plug a keyboard into my laptop. For some reason my laptop will default to num lock being off every ...
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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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cleanup scheduler TaskCache in registry for missing task files

How to automatically remove registry subkeys in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tasks that have no corresponding file in ...
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Schedule task when user idle

I'm trying to schedule a task on Windows 8.1 Pro, such that after a certain time of day (for example midnight), and only when the computer hasn't been used for a period of time (15 minutes), it puts ...
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How do I permanently disable the Event Trigger feature in Task Scheduler?

I'm sick of the freezing/disk access I get every time I create a new trigger while Task Scheduler scrapes all the log events together, and the feature is useless to me. Is there any way to disable ...
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Where can I see the log statements of a task in Windows 8?

I created a task in task scheduler which essentially runs a perl script. I have some print/log statements in the script. Where can I see these log statements?
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Running Cmd as System User without psexec

Can I run cmd.exe as an interactive prompt without the psexec tool I've tried scheduling it as a task, but it only runs as a background program. (conhost) I verified that by checking the task ...
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Possible to activate a task in task scheduler based on memory usage?

I am trying to set up a task that only runs at a certain level of RAM usage (and then won't run again for a period of time, preferably). Is this possible? If so, how? Thanks.
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Is it possible to change log destination for Task Scheduler?

I'm not sure if this is the right place for me to ask but I was wondering if it is possible to change where Task Scheduler store its logs? I have an .aspx that can read log files from virtual ...
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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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Task scheduler Windows 7(schtasks) set Principals RunLevel highest returns Access denied (Run with highest privilege)?

SCHTASKS /Create /TN "New Task" /SC HOURLY /TR blah.exe /RU myusername /RP pypassword /RL HIGHEST Returns {ERROR: Access Denied} Error also used below code in Xml but still getting the same Error ...
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Windows pausing service instead of restarting it when batch file called from task scheduler

I have set up a task in Windows Task Scheduler to run at a specific time each day. The task simply executes a batch file I've created to restart my Windows service. This is the contents of that ...
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Task Scheduler Send Mail Fails

I try to send mail as a 'send email' task of Task Scheduler. The task fails and gives the error 202. What is wrong?
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Start program from task-schedule without user logged on

I use the task scheduler to create a daily user-interface task, such as a message-box and a program that is invoked. When the task is set to be invoked only if user is logged in , the task shows up ...
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Scheduled task doesnt work Windows 8

I have this batch that makes a scheduled task calling to a powershell script and i cant make it run in windows 8. It works perfectly on windows 7 but when i use it in windows 8 it keep stuck. My ...
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bat file behaves differently when run from windows scheduler

I have a .bat file S:\BACKUP_db\copytofileserver.bat, which takes some files and zip them to the network drive. Its first command is to delete the old backup at specific network path, then pack the ...
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Craete task to open an URL that integrated windows authentication

I need to run a daily job to open an URL which needs windows authentication so I created a task in windows task scheduler and I did set run task as my own user ABC\abc. But when I run task the login ...
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Batch file in windows scheduler

set PATH=C:\Users\... call date2.cmd md %DT_MM%-%DT_DD%-%DT_YYYY% cd %DT_MM%-%DT_DD%-%DT_YYYY% So, I set my path to the folder that has PSFTP for me to run and run a file that will get the current ...
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Put a Win 7 computer to sleep AND wake it up on schedule

The computer in our bedroom puts on a light show every night around 3 when it starts to update Windows. I'd like to put the PC to sleep at a fixed time and then have it wake up on its own at a later ...
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Trigger an event on Key press in Windows

I need to trigger an event, say open music player with a particular music file, when I press a Key (other than the dedicated play/pause button). How can I do that with taskscheduler (Schtasks.exe) ? ...
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Change focused window on set interval

On Windows 7, how to do I set it up so that the focused application automatically changes on pre-programmed intervals? I am running a frame grabber application, a web browser, and a photo slideshow. ...
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How to prevent scheduled tasks from running as soon as computer wakes up?

Example: I have a task that is scheduled for 6 am every day (only if I'm logged on). If my computer sleeps/hibernates all night until 9am, upon waking up the task will then run even though it missed ...
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Task Scheduler program writes to literal folder named %LOCALAPPDATA%

I have a .NET executable (that I created) which uses Microsoft's Active Directory Service Interfaces (via System.DirectoryServices.AccountManagement) to do LDAP queries. Internally to ADSI, it ...
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Task scheduler - What is “Wait for idle for”?

I created a new Task in my task scheduler and I wanted it to be running only if the computer is idle for 10 min. but then I saw this checkbox which I don't understand what it does : The help says ...
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Are there two seperated schedulers in major operating systems, one for processes and one for their threads?

Let's assume a process is given the CPU on a single-core CPU system by the scheduler and let's assume this process has 10 threads. Who decides which of the ten threads gets the CPU? In other words, ...
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Task scheduler error

When I open task scheduler in windows 7 it gives an error saying: The selected task "{0}" no longer exists. To see the current tasks click refresh. Then another error comes like this: Task ...
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Windows Task Scheduler

Does anyone know how to set a trigger delay of less than 30 seconds (the lowest option given in drop down menu) for Windows task scheduler? I want a delay of 5 seconds to give another task time to ...
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Run task at logoff and wait until it finishes

I am running a Windows Vista (no gpedit.msc unfortunately) computer and I want to run a backup at logoff. So, when the user tries to shutdown the computer, I want to run a .bat file which executes the ...
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schtasks in Windows how to select first day of month

I have the syntax how to define a Task for the last day of the month, but not fir the first day. Are there any Admin Gurus? schtasks /create /sc minute /mo LASTDAY /tn "Bild Copy" /tr "C:\copy.bat" ...
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how to start a long running program at system start and stop at login and restart at logoff

I am trying to mine some crypto currency with my computer. Untill now I have done this: At system start, I have scheduled a task to start the mining software at login I have scheduled another task ...
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Schedule on Windows Task Scheduler

If I want to schedule a task every 5 minutes for ever and ever, should I check: Once + "Repeat" every 5 minutes Undefinitely Daily + "Repeat" every 5 minutes During one day Undefinitely What ...
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Windows: How to start application when the other finishes

I would like to launch an application automatically, always when some other application finishes. Is it even possible to perform? My specific situation is: User connects to remote desktop and then, ...
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No respect for the idle adjustments made in the Task Scheduler

Why doesn't my Windows 8.1 respect my adjustments to wait atleast for an hour before starting certain tasks? I've recently installed a fresh copy of Windows 8 (and upgraded it to the version 8.1). ...
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Running Webcam with multiple applications

I am running YAWCAM on a friend's PC as he asked for us to test it, and I am running as a service, no GUI. The thing is, a webcam cannot interact with multiple softwares by default. So this might be ...
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How can I run a Task Scheduler job without being on administrator account?

I have read that the Windows account logged onto the computer that is running tasks from the Windows Task Scheduler needs to have administrator rights. I used the administrator account to create the ...
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Opening a wep page with Task Scheduler with username/password

I'd like to use task scheduler to open a chat page for a class to capture the chats. When I don't get home in time to open the chat at the beginning, I miss questions and answers until I am logged in. ...
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Is it possible to modify (or create) an scheduled task in Windows command-line to disable “Stop task if it runs longer than”?

I wanna change this option via command line using schtasks (or whatever), but the docs seems not to have an option for it: Stop task if it runs longer than only the GUI seems to allow it: I ...
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Is there a way to see how much time it took for a task to finish running in Task Scheduler (Windows)?

I have a task that starts a .bat file with some operation with files on a file system and I am interested in evaluating the time it takes for a task to get the job done. I can see date/time when the ...
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Does Disk Defragmenter run if schedule is missed?

I'm reading a Microsoft book which says: Disk Defragmenter runs automatically on a schedule in Windows 7 (every Wednesday at 1 a.m.). What happens if the computer is not powered on at 1 a.m. ...
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Windows Task scheduler Winlogon events - logout not enough(?)

I created a powershell script that I want to run on every logout / restart / shut down. For trigger I set a custom event: Log: System, Source: Winlogon, Event ID: 7002. I found the above event id ...