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How to add a Scheduled Task (Windows XP)

January 19, 2009

I wrote the following guide for my wife, and in keeping with my promise to blog any advice that I otherwise give out, here it is.

The following assumes that you’ve a shortcut on your desktop that you double-click to run whatever it is that you want to schedule.

Go to Control Panel, and select Scheduled Tasks…

Double-click on “Add Scheduled Task”…

This runs the Scheduled Task Wizard. When asked to “Click the program you want Windows to run”, click on Browse…

Click on Desktop, then click on the link you want to run, then click on Open.

Say how often you want to run the job…

…and then exactly when to run it…

To finish, put in your password (your username should be filled in automatically.
Finished!

To test the job, you can right-click and select Run…

…or wait until whatever time you put into the wizard.

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