Windows Task Scheduler

I want to schedule a task on a remote computer. I was told (I think) that it was running Windows 12 Server.

See attached, this is a screen shot. Note there is no "Start" icon, so I am using windows explore to navigate.

Can someone tell me where the task scheduler can be found?

Richard KortsBusiness Owner / Chief DeveloperAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Task Scheduler is in Administrative Tools . To add this easily follow the instructions below:

Right Click on the Taskbar
Select Toolbar, New Toolbar
Add the following content in the space provided:
%ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
Save the toolbar. It should call itself Programs.

Now click on the toolbar, select Administrative Tools and from there, task scheduler.

You can also open Windows Server Search and ask to task scheduler. The first method is a permanent method.
NVITEnd-user supportCommented:
Another way...
In the Windows Explorer address field, type: Taskschd.msc
Or you can just launch it from the server manager under the tools menu.  Server Manager launches every time you log in to a Windows Server 2012 server, plus it is pinned to the taskbar if it doesn't launch.
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By the way, there is a start button. Microsoft has set it to auto-hide, that's all. Move your mouse to the lower left corner to make it appear.
Haydor KhanSystem AnalystCommented:
There is a start button, it is hidden, move your mouse in the bottom left hand corner.

Navigate to control panel, task scheduler is under administrate tools.

To navigate to control panel, in explorer select the top tab "computer"  > then open control panel.

Or you can hold the windows key and press R to open the "run" command and type "taskschd.msc"
Dennis JohnsonIT technicianCommented:
In Windows 8 and Server 2012 you can move the mouse pointer to the bottom left corner of the screen and the start button will appear. Then you can right click on it and a handy menu will appear, allowing you to do some common tasks, as well as open the Control Panel.
Inside the Control Panel you can find the Administrative Tools folder, inside which, the Task Scheduler resides ;)
The attached screen shot may help you find the menu.
Dennis, Haydor Khan: please read what others have already contributed before posting, thanks.
Dennis JohnsonIT technicianCommented:
McKnife: The only common thing in my post is about the auto-hidden start button. I also offered a screenshot and suggested a new way to achieve what the op wants.
I know that Administrative Tools has been mentioned but it should be obvious to the user anyway, as soon as he gets to the control panel.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@Richard Korts  - Can you let us know what you have found. A variety of methods have been posted including a method that will give you an working "start" menu for everything you do. First post here.
Richard KortsBusiness Owner / Chief DeveloperAuthor Commented:
As a test, I found the task scheduler on my own computer, I create a task to run ONCE at a specific time today, the task just started notepad.

The task line was "C:\Windows\System32\notepad.exe".

Shortly after the specified time, I looked in the task bar & Notepad was running.

With some difficulty, I figured out how to do the same on the Windows 12 remote computer. The specified time passed, nothing happened.

In the task scheduler, it lets you look at tasks started in several timeframes. On my OWN machine, AFTER it had started, I specified "last 24 hours" & it showed nothing started. So I guess that does not work I'm running Win 7

Also, FYI per McKnife and Haydor Khan, there is a (sort of) Start Button that appears (for a while) upon hovering, as indicated. However, it only did it the first 5 or 6 times, after that, I move the mouse to the same position, nothing.

When it does show a "Start Menu", it's nothing like I've seen before.

Very odd how this all DOES NOT work on the remote server.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Did you try my suggestion in my first post?  I have done this on Server 2012 and it works (including a remote session to the server).
Richard KortsBusiness Owner / Chief DeveloperAuthor Commented:
To John Hurst,

No I didn't, but I tried it just now.

I get attached window; not sure what to do next? New folder?

JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
In the space provided where it says Folder, type in:

%ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

Print out my post above and follow the steps. When you are done you will have a new Programs toolbar on the right side of your task bar.

Look also at my Windows 8 article where I describe it in a bit more detail.
Richard KortsBusiness Owner / Chief DeveloperAuthor Commented:
John Hurst,

I did what you said, there is no new toolbar created.

Or if there is, I could not find it. See attached.

I scheduled a new task to start notepad at 5 PM pacific.

We'll see.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
It should be in your taskbar on the right side.

Right click on the Taskbar, select Toolbars and make sure Desktop and Programs are both clicked.

The important thing for you is to get to Task Scheduler.

I offer my way as a permanent menu approach to get there

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Richard KortsBusiness Owner / Chief DeveloperAuthor Commented:
OK, it's kind of like that. I can get at Admin Tools, etc. now

Also, Notepad DID start as scheduled. So it worked.

Can the scheduled task be a command line string like: taskkill /f /IM progname.exe?


JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You can use task scheduler by command line.  See this Microsoft article for that.

Follow the link Command Line Reference A-Z
It can be a commandline, sure. Only difference to firing commands at the shell (cmd.exe) is, that you cannot use the commands that don't have an executable like md, copy or rd. Those need this syntax:
cmd /c md c:\test
For example.
Richard KortsBusiness Owner / Chief DeveloperAuthor Commented:
I did not make it clear.

Can I have something like  taskkill /f /IM progname.exe
as the action for the task?

JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
To start the task scheduler by command line, open an admin command prompt and type:

schtasks.exe /?   then schtasks.exe /create /?

There are a ton of possibilities to schedule things.  Here is the TechNet reference to support this.

Hopefully all this helps you.
Richard KortsBusiness Owner / Chief DeveloperAuthor Commented:
I'm not making it clear; I will try on my own computer.

JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The commands I gave you and the support reference work just fine.

schtasks.exe is the command line.

What is not clear about this?  It is precisely what you wanted as you posted for taskkill.
Richard KortsBusiness Owner / Chief DeveloperAuthor Commented:
It worked.

JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Richard - you are very welcome and I was happy to help.
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