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How can I open a URL on a schedule in the default browser?

Tomorrow I will go holiday and I can't connect to internet for 5 days. In my SO account I have 64 consecutive day visit. And I don't wanna lose these days.

I save my SO profile in a web page and saved my desktop.

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But when I run it, opens file:///C:/Users/Soner/Desktop/Stack%20Overflow.htm url. So this isn't good for me. Because this isn't count for consecutive day visit.

Is there any way that can I do that with task scheduler ? (Like autorun every day.)

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    Don't you think that's kinda cheating? – Linker3000 Aug 28 '11 at 20:40
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    Do mind that just visiting the page isn't counted as a "visit". Some actions need to be performed, so a program/script that just visits a page won't do anyway. What "actions" need to be performed is one of the great dark secrets of SE! ;) And besides that, SE has very advanced methods of detecting patterns in user activity that may be a result of cheating/fraude. It might pick up visiting activity as well. – Pylsa Aug 28 '11 at 20:53
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    Just visit an internet cafe. Otherwise, what kind of Fanatic are you? – random Aug 28 '11 at 21:02
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    @SonerGönül Then why do you think you would deserve the Fanatic badge? The badge is there as a reward for an accomplishment. Where's the honour/fun in getting it like that? – Pylsa Aug 28 '11 at 21:08
  • Use a program like One Million Clicks to refresh the page every x hours. But note that in this context this is cheating. – Ultralisk Apr 28 '14 at 20:58

Use the Windows Task Scheduler to run your browser's executable firefox.exe with the hyperlink of the webpage http://superuser.com as the parameter.

You don't want to run a file, you want to run the executable. For you its probably "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" http://superuser.com. Copy and paste that into the run box. If it opens superuser.com in Firefox, that is what you want to put into the task scheduler.

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  • you dont want to run a file, you want to run the executable. for you its probably "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" http://superuser.com Cut and paste that into the run box. If it opens superuser.com in firefox, that is what you want to put into the task scheduler. – Keltari Aug 28 '11 at 20:43
  • Take a look at my answer – Simon Sheehan Aug 28 '11 at 20:50
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    @Keltari, rather than answering in comments I suggest you add that in your answer, though Simon already did you one up – Ivo Flipse Aug 28 '11 at 21:05
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    If you DO want to "run" a file, which really means start the default program for that file type or URI scheme, you want to use the start command under Windows, i.e. start http://webpage.html – LawrenceC Apr 22 '14 at 1:41

You can use the Windows Task Scheduler to do this, as its built right into XP.

To open Scheduled Tasks, click Start, click All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Scheduled Tasks.

Navigate through this, setting up a description for what it will do, a title, etc. When it gets to choosing a program, make sure your action is going straight to the Firefox executable. By default that is c:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe (on XP).

Adding a URL in the parameters using "http://url.com" will do it. Specifically for Stack Overflow, use this as your command:

c:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe "http://www.stackoverflow.com"

If that did not work, you could also put it into a batch script, and have it kill Firefox after X time, although that is beyond my personal knowledge.

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    You could set it to run taskkill /IM firefox.exe 2 minutes later or something. – Simon Sheehan Aug 28 '11 at 21:03
  • I am not on Windows XP - when you setup a task, what are the options? – Simon Sheehan Aug 28 '11 at 21:15

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