In my windows, I want to schedule a windows service to start once every 10 seconds. I tried using the windows task scheduler but it only gives me an option to repeat the service daily, weekly and monthly.

Is there a way I can schedule the windows service to start once every 10 seconds using windows task scheduler?

What could be done?

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    After the service is started you can just execute the operation you want every 10 seconds from inside the service. – user77188 Jun 6 '11 at 8:18
  • What are you trying to execute every 10 seconds please? – KCotreau Jun 6 '11 at 11:17
  • +1 Is that possible? – alex Nov 4 '12 at 0:13
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    What does it matter what you are trying to execute? How about a simple http get? Why does windows SUCK SO MUCH – hahahahahahahaha Aug 25 '16 at 19:10

To do that, you should write a windows service, as that is what they are for.


A Windows Task Scheduler trigger cannot repeat more often than every 1 minute, but you can set up multiple triggers. To run a task every 10 seconds, add six Triggers. Each one should run the task Daily, and Repeat task every 1 minute. Their start times should be 12:00:00 AM, 12:00:10 AM, 12:00:20 AM, 12:00:30 AM, 12:00:40 AM, and 12:00:50 AM.

Edit Trigger dialog

Silly, but it works.

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    I can confirm that this works, thanks for sharing this. Easiest solution I have seen. – Abela Jan 11 '16 at 1:05
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    See this Stack Overflow Answer for a convenient way to create many triggers for one task by exporting it to a text file. – Andre Jan 13 '16 at 15:31
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    Convenient? I think you mean manageable ;) – hahahahahahahaha Aug 25 '16 at 19:11

It's silly windows doesn't have this functionality built into Task Scheduler. However, it can be easily worked around with a simple powershell script.

 $i = 0
 for ($i=0; $i -le 4) 
   Start-Service -Name "servicename"  
   sleep 10

Save this as a *.ps1 file on your host. Then follow Adam C's task scheduler settings and schedule this to run every minute. This will start the service (which I named "servicename") every 10 seconds.

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