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Scheduled Tasks

Posted on 2005-03-30
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Last Modified: 2011-10-03
How can you create scheduled tasks that work without the user having to do something? I previously had a system working from http://www.domaindlx.com/e_morcillo, but with new windows updates they have resricted the use of scheduled tasks. Now i can't even create a task through schtasks.exe without asking the user for their password. I want to be able to set the "Run only when logged on" flag. I did this manually by editing the file after creating the task, but this fails to register at then as a legit task allowed to be run.

I know this is possible cause Norton creates scheduled tasks that run on my computer just fine. All of those have the "Run only when logged on" flag set and do not require a password. Through schtasks i can't even set this flag.
Question by:thaimin
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Expert Comment

ID: 13666806
i have previously written an app in VB that may do the job for you..

its not fully tested as i rushed it for a friend, who then discovered windows scheduling and no longer needed it, so i zipped it up and havent touched it since..

if you add it to your windows startup registry key:


then it will start whenever a user logs in and will proceed to run all tasks in its current list, unless the user chooses cancel within 10secs..

if you press cancel you can add/remove tasks which it should perform on each run..

it doesnt base the schedule on time, simply runs a list of progs each time it itself is run..

if this sounds useful let me know i can send it to you, or make any modifications you may require..
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ID: 13667528
'Using the command line to create,remove,stop,start scheduled tasks is more powerfull.

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ID: 13670454
'You can also use the Microsoft Script Control

Dim strComputer, uintJobID
Dim strAlternateUserID, strAlternatePassword
Dim objWbemLocator, objWMIService, objNewJob
Dim errJobCreated

strComputer = Environ("COMPUTERNAME")

Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
Set objNewJob = objWMIService.Get("Win32_ScheduledJob")
errJobCreated = objNewJob.Create("Notepad.exe", "********200000.000000+720", True, 4, , True, uintJobID)
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ID: 13670517

Author Comment

ID: 13674619
Okay, the schtasks program requires a password, which I really prefer not to ask the user for. And the Miscrosoft Script Control doesn't seem to be able to do on a schedule of "every five minutes" or only at logon/startup and those kinds of schedules.
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Accepted Solution

nffvrxqgrcfqvvc earned 2000 total points
ID: 13674888
You could essentially create your own .exe file to do whatever you want every 5 minutes, which consist of only using a timer control: However I do beliveve you want this to be a scheduled task you can still do it this way as long as you want to execute something every 5 minutes.

Here is a solution:
'Add the below code to the Form_Declerations

Private Const modMinutes = 5 'wait
Dim currentTick As Integer

'In a timer add the following code below::
currentTick = currentTick + 1
    If currentTick >= modMinutes Then
    'Your execution code here::::::
   debug.print "5 Minutes"
        currentTick = 0
    End If
'In the Form_Load section add the following code below::::

currentTick = 0
Timer1.Enabled = True
Timer1.Interval = 60000

'This will use a timer and will execute anything you want to do every 5 minutes..

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