Schedule Tasks in Windows XP.
With Scheduled Tasks, you can schedule any script,
program, or document to run at a time that is most convenient for you.
Scheduled Tasks starts every time that you start Windows XP and runs in the
background, and it starts each task that you schedule at the time that you
specify when you create the task.
To open Scheduled
• Click Start > All
Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Scheduled Tasks.
To schedule a new
• Double-click Add
Scheduled Task to start the Scheduled Task Wizard, and then click Next in the
first dialog box.
The next dialog box
displays a list of programs that are installed on your computer, either as
part of the Windows XP operating system, or as a result of software
Use one of the
If the program that
you want to run is listed, click the program, and then click Next.
If you want to run a
program, script, or document that is not listed, click Browse, click the
folder and file that you want to schedule, and then click Open.
Type a name for the
task, and then choose one of the following options:
• One time only
• When my computer
starts (before a user logs on)
• When I log on (only
after the current user logs on)
• Click Next, specify
the information about the day and time to run the task, and then click Next.
Note that the
information about the day and time to run the task vary depending on the
selection that you made in the previous wizard dialog box. For example, if you
chose Weekly, you must indicate the day of the week, the time, and if the task
should run every week, every 2 weeks, every 3 weeks, and so on.
• Type the name and
password of the user who is associated with this task. Make sure that you
choose a user with sufficient permissions to run the program. By default, the
wizard selects the name of the user who is currently logged on.
• Click Next, and then
click Finish after you verify the choices that you have made.
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