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Does anyone know how I can make a VB program that will create a scheduled task in windows xp?

I was originally going to just use windows' schtasks command, but I can't figure out how to use that to schedule a command with a switch '/s' at the end.
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What command are you using now?  Can you post the command line?
Should be able to use schtasks from a shell...
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I've tried several different ways to do this.  Currently I'm trying this with a batch file created by the program, so that I can have a record of what the command executes.  What I really don't understand is why the first batch file I created manually, works just fine, then the one created by my VB program doesn't work.  From what I can tell, they have identical code:

This batch file works:

SCHTASKS /Create /SC Once /ST 22:34:00 /TN MBABackup /s JEFF /ru Jeff /TR "E:\DOCUME~1\Jeff\Desktop\DRSTOL~1\NEWMBA~1\MBABAC~1.EXE /s" /rp

And this one doesn't:

SCHTASKS /Create /SC Once /ST 22:34:00 /TN MBABackup /s JEFF /ru Jeff /TR "E:\DOCUME~1\Jeff\Desktop\DRSTOL~1\NEWMBA~1\MBABAC~1.EXE /s" /rp

And here's the code from my VB program that compiles the line for the batch file:

strPath = "SCHTASKS /Create /SC " & "Once" & " /ST 22:34:00" & " /TN " & "MBABackup"
        strPath = strPath & " /s " & Environ("computername") & " /ru " & Environ("username")
        strPath = strPath & " /TR " & Chr(34) & GetShortPath(App.Path & "\" & App.EXEName & ".exe") & "/s" & Chr(34) & " /rp " & txtPassword
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by:Éric Moreau
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See the task scheduler wrapper at http://www.mvps.org/emorcillo/dotnet/shell/index.shtml
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At first I couldn't get that VB6 code to work.  I had to re-create the VB project group, then it all worked perfictly.  Let me mess with the code in it and see if I can get it working in my program the way I want.  This looks very promising.
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Using that code, is there a way I can edit the properties of the task from within my VB Program?  So I can change things like the day it runs on from my program.
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by:Éric Moreau
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Sure. It will be something like this:

    With m_oSchedule(lstTasks.ListIndex + 1)
        .Triggers.Item(1).MonthlyDOW_DaysOfTheWeek = Saturday
        .Save
    End With
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It all worked great.  Thanks!
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