Monday, February 27, 2006

Scheduling a Task

Do you have a need to run an application (such as disk defragmenter, virus or malware scan, etc. ) at a predefined time (such as midnight). Windows has a built-in task scheduler that allows you to run an application or script at a specific time.

To schedule a task follow the instructions below:
  • Under the Start menu, open the 'Control Panel' folder (or select 'All Programs | Accessories | System Tools | Scheduled Tasks')
  • Double-click the 'Scheduled Tasks' folder.
  • Double-click the 'Add Scheduled Task' icon.
  • Follow the instructions in the wizard to schedule your task.
    • Press the Next button.
    • From the list select the application that you want to schedule to run at a predefined intervals, and then press the Next button.
    • Select Daily (to run the task daily), Weekly (to run the task one day during the week), etc. Then press the Next button to continue.
    • Select the time you want to run the job, and then press the Next button.
    • Enter a username and password to run the account under, and then press the Next button.
    • Optional: You can check the 'Open advanced properties for this task when I click Finish' checkbox to configure the advanced options.
  • Press the Finish button when done.

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