I have created a scheduled task in Windows Server 2003 to run every minute. The start time is set to 12:00 AM so it will run all day. The start date is set to past date. The problem is the 'next run time' is shown to be tomorrow 12:00 AM. Is it possible to set it to run from now?

If I set start time to a few minutes after current time, it will run from that time, but tomorrow it will not run from 12:00 AM until the specified time right?


Set start time as 12:00 AM as is.

After setting the time, Right click on the Task and select Run.

By this way, you can Run the task for now and also your scheduled task will run at your expected time.

In Advanced Schedule Options, you have a option saying Repeat Task --> Every 10 minutes

Choose that for repetitive running a task

  • Using the 'run' command only run it once, 'next run time' is still showing tomorrow 12:00 AM. Is it possible to tell it to just start with the specified schedule (every minute)? – Endy Tjahjono Mar 8 '12 at 10:52
  • @EndyTjahjono: You have a option Repeat Task under Advanced Schedule Options – Siva Charan Mar 8 '12 at 11:38
  • I have set the task to run every minute like I said in the question. – Endy Tjahjono Mar 8 '12 at 12:17

The scheduler has hit 12:00 AM and the task ran every minute, but only for an hour, which coincide with the duration of the task. So I misunderstood duration, at first I thought duration is:

how long the system will let the task run
and if the task is still running after the specified duration, terminate it.

Which is wrong. It turned out duration is:

for how long you want to keep calling the task on and on.

So I set duration to 24 hours, start time is still 12:00 AM, repeat task is still set to every 1 minute, and my task ran in the next minute just like I want.


You can set a trigger to run the task at creation/modification then under advanced set it to repeat every whatever number of minutes. Use the drop down box to switch from on schedule to task creation/modification.

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