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    Scheduled shutdown-PST files (Outlook 2003)

    <img src=/S/groovin.gif border=0 alt=groovin width=21 height=21> Happy new year. I hope everyone had a good evening!

    I run a scheduled backup to DVD, and a scheduled synch program to another PC every night. Both XP's SP2+. Neither will process, the open files if (usually the PSTs) are in use. Although I usually shut down Outlook and then zonk, my significant other frequently gets up and checks mail/surfs and leaves them open. I searched the lounge and googled and had a tough time finding a <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> solution for shutting down programs as opposed to shutting down and re-booting, which I don't want to do if I can help it.
    I managed to find a VBS solution to auto-shutdown Outlook if it's open http://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/E-ma...itOutlook.shtml (uses scheduler) at scheduled time, and got it to work on a manual run. Unfortunately it pops up a tonne of of permission dialogues for running the vbs, and also for the vbs actions, so it won't run unattended. I know little about vbs. There's probably a Batch solution, but I'm not much better on that.

    Any thoughts on a simpler solution, or a way to make this one workable? (It would be nice to do it with FF also, but I don't mind the profile not getting done as opposed to the psts.)

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    Re: Scheduled shutdown-PST files (Outlook 2003)

    Yes, I know about that, but I'd rather not run another backup too. (XP Home on my laptop, so taskkill doesn't work anyway)
    The psts are just part of the routine data files backup, which I've managed to keep intact back to '98 or so by keeping weekly data off site, cross-PC synching, and periodic imaging.
    This is just so I have daily integrity within the week, as as the option of yelling at the wife is not foolproof, or very healthy <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Scheduled shutdown-PST files (Outlook 2003)

    <hr>XP Home on my laptop, so taskkill doesn't work anyway<hr>
    Are you saying you've tried TASKKILL and it doesn't work on XP Home? That would rather surprise me!

    IF it doesn't work, I'm sure Mark Russinovich's PsKill would work (and the very-similar to-taskkill TKILL.EXE may be on your machine).

    All these utilities do the same thing.
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    Re: Scheduled shutdown-PST files (Outlook 2003)

    Taskkill is not included in Windows XP Home. One can download it from various sources, and it should work, or one can download the PsKill utility that you mention instead.

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    Re: Scheduled shutdown-PST files (Outlook 2003)

    PsKill works great, called by a batch file that I'll put in the scheduler for tonight (although there is a long lag-10-15 sec) to kill the tray icon....but that's great for me.

    I tried it with FF too, even though it's not a high priority for me. Session Manager kicks in next start to ask if the crashed session should be restored. So, I m fine without it.

    Once again, the Lounge comes through <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23>

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    Re: Scheduled shutdown-PST files (Outlook 2003)

    Ah - but if it could be obtained, then it would run, I suspect.
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    Re: Scheduled shutdown-PST files (Outlook 2003)

    The lag is necessary because Outlook sometimes remains active for several seconds after the application has been closed (you can see this in Task Manager).

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    Re: Scheduled shutdown-PST files (Outlook 2003)

    Yes, there are reports that the Windows XP Pro version of Taskkill.exe works fine if copied to the WindowsSystem32 folder of a Windows XP Home installation.

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