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hello,
I would like to run the following ms-dos command
rmdir c:\soij /s /q
every 12 hours on windows xp, how can I set it
to run even If I reboot or shutdown my PC
I would like to do it at 9am and 9pm.
thanks
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well it won't run if your computer is turned off!

You can use either the scheduled task manager

Start/All Programs/Accessories/System Tools/Scheduled Tasks

OR you can use the AT command on the command line (dos prompt)

For AT command usage type

AT /?

in the dos prompt.
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If you use AT then you can program your dos command directly into the AT task.

If you use Sceduled Tasks you will have to create a batch file containing the command/s you want to execute and get scheduled task to execute that.

Either way is easy peasy.
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ok, but whats the command to run c:\del.bat everyday at 9am and 9pm ?
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and how do I stop it
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There's also a schtasks command:

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/schtasks.mspx?mfr=true

That's the most powerful (as powerful as the gui), but I've never used it (just use the darn gui instead).  I also noticed you are just running a batch file, so you can run it directly from the Sceduled Tasks Manager.

If you want to run it from the command line using AT here you go:

at 9:00 /every:M,T,W,Th,F,S,Su c:\del.bat
at 21:00 /every:M,T,W,Th,F,S,Su c:\del.bat

to see those jobs, just type AT

To delete them, you reference their job ID (Which you get by just typing AT)
Eg, to delete job 1

at 1 /delete

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