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Automate Programs with Windows Task Scheduler

Previously we covered How to Use Microsoft SyncToy to Backup Your Data

In this article I will cover how to use Windows Task Scheduler to automate your programs.

You must be logged on as an administrator to perform these steps. If you aren’t logged on as an administrator, you can only change settings that apply to your user account.

Click on the Windows Start Button type Task Scheduler into the search box, or click on Windows Start Button, Control Panel, Scheduled Tasks for Windows XP.
Once Task Scheduler opens click on Create Basic Task under the Action pane.

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Next, name and give a description of the task.

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Next, select how often you want the Synchronization to occur.
Daily is the choose for our example.

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Then you will need to choose what day to start the first scheduled task and how often the task should recur.

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Next you need to choose the action you want the task to perform. For this you want to start a program in our case, SyncToyCMD.exe.

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After you have located and added the appropriate file, you need to type “-R” in the Arguments field. “-R” will run all folder pairs on this same schedule. If you want to designate a specific folder pair to this schedule add “-R <the name of your folder pair>” i.e. -R “Documents BackUP” in our case.

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Finally you will be given an overview windows of how the task will run. If everything looks correct then click finish.

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There are a couple of ways you can verify the synchronization task was successful.
You can go into Task Scheduler and under Task Status see the last time it was executed and if it was successful.

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Conclusion

As you can see, creating a basic task using the Task Scheduler wizard is not very complicated. The wizard allows you to make a wide range of settings about the task’s triggers and actions.

Please leave your comments below with your thoughts.

Nik

Experienced IT Consultant working and living in the UK. In early years he was born and raised up in Greece and been to the UK since studies. He is passionate with technology, gadgets and computers, he really likes the internet and IT in general.

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