- How to Create a Task in Vista Task Scheduler
Task Scheduler helps you schedule automated tasks that perform actions at a specific time or when a certain event occurs. This will show you how to create a task of your own in Task Scheduler.
TASK SCHEDULER SCRIPTING:
This is for advanced users. The scripting objects that are described in the following link provide programmatic access to the functionality that is available within the Task Scheduler for Visual Basic and Visual Basic script developers. For more details on this, see: Microsoft MSDN: Task Scheduler Scripting Objects
NOTE: You create a new task folder to store related tasks and other task folders to help keep them organized. You cannot rename a task folder once it is created, only delete it.
NOTE: The general properties of a task include the task name, author, description, security options, the operating system that the task is configured for, and a property that controls whether the task is hidden.
Change User or Group
To change the user or group for the task to use. After you click the Change User or Group button, see steps 14 to 16 in METHOD TWO OPTION ONE here: How to Take Ownership of a Item in Vista
Run only when user is logged on
To have the scheduled task only run when the selected User is logged on.
Run whether user is logged on or not
To have the scheduled task run whether the user is logged on or not. When this option is selected, you may be prompted to supply the password of the user account when saving the task, regardless of whether you selected the checkbox Do not store password or not.
Run with highest privileges
This is the same as Run as Administrator, it will run the task using elevated privileges. Only tasks that require elevated privileges to complete their actions should run with elevated privileges. If your task does not run, then check this to see if it will afterwards.
This will hide the task in Task Scheduler unil you click View, then check Show Hidden Tasks.
For computers that are running Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Vista, you can restrict the options displayed to those that are also available in earlier operating systems. However, doing this does not configure the task or the preference item to run on earlier operating systems.
NOTE: When setting up a task, first decide what will trigger that task to start. A trigger is a set of criteria that, when met, starts the execution of a task.
Choose a date and time to trigger the task.
Choose the recurrence interval for the task and the date and time to start the task. An interval of 1 produces a daily schedule and an interval of 2 produces an every other day schedule. The task will start at the specified time each day.
Choose the recurrence interval for the task, the date and time to start the task, and the days of the week in which to start the task. An interval of 1 produces a weekly schedule and an interval of 2 produces an every other week schedule. The task will start at the specified time on each of the specified days.
Choose the months in which you want to start the task and the weeks of the month and the days of the week for each month in which you want to start the task. You can also specify that you want to start a task on the last day of each month.
Delay task for up to (random delay)
This setting allows you to specify an amount of time to delay the task from running, after the task is triggered. If you are using a time-based trigger (On a schedule), then the delay time will be a random time between the time the task is triggered and the time specified in this setting.
Repeat task every
This setting allows you to set a repetition time interval for the task. The task will run, wait for the time interval specified, and then run again. This cycle will continue until the duration time is met.
Stop any task that runs longer than
This setting allows you to stop long running tasks by setting a time limit on the amount of time the task is allowed to run (execute the action).
This setting allows you to set a date and time to activate the trigger. Once a trigger is activated, the trigger can cause the task to run. The time is relative to the time zone that is set on the computer that runs the task. Check the Synchronize across time zones box to make the time relative to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) instead of the time zone that is set on the computer that runs the task. Use the Universal setting when you want to coordinate a set of tasks to activate simultaneously in multiple time zones.
This setting allows you to set a date and time for the trigger to expire. When a trigger is expired, it can not cause the task to run. The time is relative to the time zone that is set on the computer that runs the task. Check the Synchronize across time zones box to make the time relative to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) instead of the time zone that is set on the computer that runs the task. Use the Universal setting when you want to coordinate a set of tasks to expire simultaneously in multiple time zones.
This setting allows you to enable or disable the task. A task that is enabled can run, and a task that is disabled cannot run until it is enabled.
NOTE: A task action is the work that is performed when the task is run. A task can have a single action or a maximum of 32 actions. Each action contains settings that determine how the action is performed. When multiple actions are created, they are executed in sequential order starting with the action at the top of the list.
NOTE: Conditions control whether a task is run. A task will run if all of its conditions are met after the task is triggered to start. Conditions are split up into three categories: idle conditions, power conditions, and network conditions.
Start the tasks only if the computer is idle for
You can set a condition that tells the task to run only if the computer is in an idle state for a specific amount of time when a trigger is activated. When you set this condition, you also set the amount of time to wait (after the task is triggered) for the computer to enter an idle state.
Stop if the computer ceases to be idle
If this is selected for a task and the task is running while the computer is in an idle state, then the task will stop running when the computer ceases to be idle.
Restart if idle state resumes
This will allow the task to start running again if the computer becomes idle again if it was stopped from the Stop if the computer ceases to be idle condition above.
NOTE: Task settings specify how a task is run, stopped, or deleted.
Allow task to be run on demand
You can specify whether a task can be run manually before or after it is scheduled to run by allowing the task to be run on demand. The default setting allows a user to run the task at any time on demand.
Run task as soon as possible after a scheduled start is missed
If this setting is checked, the Task Scheduler service will start the task if the task was scheduled to run at a certain time, but for some reason (for example, the computer was turned off or the Task Scheduler service was busy) the task was not activated. The Task Scheduler service will not start the task immediately after the task was missed. By default the service waits ten minutes before starting the missed task.
If task fails, restart every
Use this setting to restart a task if the task fails to run. You specify the time interval that takes place between task restart attempts, and the number of times to try to restart the task.
Stop the task if it runs longer than
This setting allows you to limit the amount of time a task is allowed to run. Use this setting to limit tasks that might take a long period of time to execute, causing an inconvenience to the user.
If the task does not end when requested, force it to stop
If this setting is selected, the task will be forced to stop if the task does not respond to a request to stop.
If the task is not scheduled to run again, delete it after
If this setting is selected, the Task Scheduler service will automatically delete the task if it is not scheduled to run again. The Task Scheduler service will wait for the specified time period before deleting the task. If this setting is not selected, the Task Scheduler service will not automatically delete the task. The task must include at least one trigger with an expiration date in order to select this setting.
If the task is already running, then the following rule applies
The button with the drop down menu.
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