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    Exploring Windows' Administrative Tools: Part 4




    TOP STORY

    Exploring Windows' Administrative Tools: Part 4


    By Fred Langa

    The Windows Task Scheduler can run almost any program automatically — at a time and in a way you set.

    Task Scheduler is part of Windows' Administrative Tools, a suite of professional-quality, system-management utilities used to adjust and control many of the operating system's essential functions and features.

    The full text of this column is posted at windowssecrets.com/top-story/exploring-windows-administrative-tools-part-4/ (paid content, opens in a new window/tab).

    Columnists typically cannot reply to comments here, but do incorporate the best tips into future columns.

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    Task Scheduler most certainly can be used to control programs that do not provide a command line interface, although a bit indirectly. A non-trivial example would be an application that has its own task management scheme, perhaps via an auto-run script. The trick is to find out how to make the program see the specific script. Good old .BAT files can copy, rename or do whatever you need. Then, the batch file can launch the application. To schedule this launch, create an entry in Task Scheduler, using the .BAT file as the target! Cheers, Mitch

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    Fred, you talk about how to run the task scheduler in XP, Vista and 7. Win 8 is almost upon us now and some of us have it already, It is time to start including it in your "How to" articles. Keep up the good work.... Bob
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    How to add arguements to autoshut-off off PC after MSE Scan

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    Unfortunately MSE does not provide this basic functionality, how do you do it?
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    Windows GUI to command line to save typing.

    For those of us who are typing challenged, don't forget the old trick of finding the program you want in Windows Explorer, and then dragging the file into the command line window. The complete path of the file will be typed for you. You can edit with the double quotes if needed and add the parameters and switches such as the /?
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    Is this true?

    You mean Microsoft Essentials doesn't have a scheduler already built in so you can control when it scans, such as in the middle of the night? I don't use it as I have Vipre which let's me schedule whenever.
    That would be a serious outpoint, so only propeller heads can jump thru all these hoops.

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    That was a great article on Task Scheduling, but there's one more thing I'd still to know: Will the task run if the machine is in hibernation or sleep mode?

    David

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    David, why don't you try it out and let us know.
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    Hello - Fred,
    So enjoyed this task scheduler article , thought for sure it would work for me..BUT, I can't wake my computer to start media center.? All entries are correct according to your instructions. Does the computer need to be in sleep mode to wake? It will NOT wake from a normal shutdown.
    System: win 7 home 64bit
    Thanks for all your great tips. A follower from the Langa list days.
    John in Dallas

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    This was a great article, very practical. Providing comperable examples for other software would be helpful

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    Quote Originally Posted by lonestarone View Post
    Does the computer need to be in sleep mode to wake? It will NOT wake from a normal shutdown.
    The computer cannot be wakened from a normal shutdown by the task scheduler. If you want that then you may be able to achieve that with BIOS or UEFI settings. See the manual for your machine or motherboard.
    Last edited by bd1235; 2012-10-15 at 21:13.
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