How to Schedule a Task in Windows 7 / 8 with Create Basic Task Wizard

In Windows 7 or Windows 8, you can schedule any task to initiate automatically using the Task Scheduler utility. Task Scheduler is a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in. It allows you to create a task that opens the program for you automatically according to the schedule you choose.

For example, if you use a financial program on a certain day each month, you can schedule a task that opens the program automatically to avoid the risk of forgetting to open it yourself.

Create Basic Task Wizard

To Schedule a Task using Task Scheduler:

1. Go to Control Panel and search for Task Scheduler and open it.

2. Click the Action menu, and then click Create Basic Task

3. Type a name for the task and an optional description, and then click Next

4. Do one of the following:

  • To select a schedule based on the calendar, click Daily, Weekly, Monthly, or One time, click Next; specify the schedule you want to use, and then click Next.
  • To select a schedule based on common recurring events, click When the computer starts or When I log on, and then click Next.
  • To select a schedule based on specific events, click When a specific event is logged, click Next; specify the event log and other information using the drop-down lists, and then click Next.

5. To schedule a program to start automatically, click Start a program, and then click Next

6. Click Browse to find the program you want to start, and then click Next

7. Click Finish.

To schedule a task to run automatically when the computer starts:

If you want a task to run when the computer starts, whether a user is logged on or not, follow these steps.

1. Go to Control Panel and search for Task Scheduler and open it.

2. Click the Action menu, and then click Create Basic Task.

3. Type a name for the task and an optional description, and then click Next.

4. Click When the computer starts, and then click Next

5. To schedule a program to start automatically, click Start a program, and then click Next.

6. Click Browse to find the program you want to start, and then click Next.

7. Select the Open the Properties dialog for this task when I click Finish check box and click Finish.

8. In the Properties dialog box, select Run whether user is logged on or not, and then click OK.

That’s it!

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Nitin Agarwal is an MVP alumni and a Pro Blogger. He was awarded as Most Valuable Professional for 3 times by Microsoft in Windows Expert - Consumer category. He is immensely inspired by Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and APJ Abdul Kalam.
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