PowerShell scripts reduce the effort in running repetitive tasks. If you are frequently executing scripts at pre-defined times or specified time intervals, you may want an efficient way of not having to execute scripts repeatedly. In this post, we will guide you on how to schedule PowerShell script to run periodically on Windows 10 using Task Scheduler.
Schedule PowerShell script using Task Scheduler
- Press Windows key + R to invoke the Run dialog.
- In the Run dialog, type taskschd.msc
- Press CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER key combo to open Task Scheduler in admin mode.
- On the left pane, right-click Task Scheduler Library > Create Task.
- In General tab, you can set scheduler name and description about the task like for what purpose the task has created.
- Switch to the Trigger tab and click the New button. Here, you can set conditions that trigger a task.
- Then open Actions tab and click the New button.
In the Action drop-down, Start a program is set by default. You can change it if required.
Using Browse, select program/script field. To schedule a script, we need to select powershell.exe. You can find powershell.exe in your system32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0 folder.
In Add arguments, -File parameter is the default one so simply specify the script path. Assume you have created a PowerShell script and saved it to your desktop.
If the path contains any blank space, it should be enclosed with quotes.
- Once configured, you can specify conditions to determine whether the task should run. The task will not run if any condition specified here is not true.
- On the Settings tab, you can set additional advanced settings to control the task execution.
- Finally, click OK to create a scheduled script.
- Click OK again. You can now exit Task Scheduler.
The scheduled script will run as expected according to your schedule without any issue. If you want to check script execution, you can click Run by right-clicking task name.
This is how you can make a PowerShell script run as a scheduled task using Task Scheduler.