Scheduled Task to open browser/URL then close.

Hi All - I have a Windows Server 2012 machine and I need to create a task that executes a URL and after about a minute, closes the browser.  

Using the "Create Basic Task Wizard" I was able to create the task to Open the browser and launch the URL BUT I cannot figure out how to close the browser a minute later.

Can you please provide with with instructions on how to do this?  Thanks!
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x-menIT super heroCommented:
create a powershell script (C:\myscripts\openCloseIE.ps1):
$oIE = New-Object -ComObject internetexplorer.application;
$oIE.Visible = $true #...or false, if you what it appear on the desktop, or not
start-sleep -seconds 60
Create a task that Starts a program: C:\Windows\system32\WindowsPowershell\v1.0\powershell.exe
Add arguments: C:\myscripts\openCloseIE.ps1

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cdemott33Author Commented:
Thank you.  I will try this.
Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
@cdemott33 - I'd try the suggestion before I accept :)

I tried and got a security warning, powershell did not start a browser, so nothing happened.

@x-men - Anything you need to add maybe?
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x-menIT super heroCommented:
@Gerwin Jansen care to share the message, maybe?
Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
@x-men - No problem, I tried both as a scheduled task as well as from a cmd (administrative) prompt:
C:\Temp>C:\Windows\system32\WindowsPowershell\v1.0\powershell.exe c:\temp\ee.ps1
c:\temp\ee.ps1 : File C:\temp\ee.ps1 cannot be loaded because running scripts is disabled on this system. For more info
At line:1 char:1
+ c:\temp\ee.ps1
+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : SecurityError: (:) [], PSSecurityException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : UnauthorizedAccess


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I just got curious as the asker closed with ".. I will try this".
x-menIT super heroCommented:
"cannot be loaded because running scripts is disabled on this system."

recommend executing the following:

PS >get-help about_Execution_Policies
Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
Or just:

PS> Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted

and it is working ;)
x-menIT super heroCommented:
"Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted" Not recomended
Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
Any better advice then for the asker?
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