scheduled task in win xp

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sisterpete

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scheduling a task to run in xp is simple enough....

but how do you get the program to actually work after it starts up...

for instance, i have a little program that backs up my outlook express info... i have to start the program, then click on the "complete backup" button.

this is what i am asking, how do i "click" on the "complete backup" button with scheduled task?

like i said, getting the program to start up is no problem, i just can't get it to run.

seems impossible..... :confused:
 

fairnooks

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That can be a problem. Some programs, like Sync Toy will just run as far as I know without finding a setting in the program itself to run on start up.

If it doesn't then there has to be setting in the program to perform its set task on start up or it won't work. For instance many programs can run thier own schedule once they are started and if that schedule is set to "on start" it works.

There may be a way to write and start a batch file with the scheduler which then executes both the start command and the backup command in the program but that's beyond my ability.
 

sisterpete

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thanks for the reply... you gave me an idea... i know a buddy that is real good at batch files... never thought about him!!! go figure!!!

thanks
 
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A batch file would only work if the backup program supports command line execution. You are probably better off using a macro recording program like AutoIt to create a script that can be compiled into an executable.

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Rollin
 

fairnooks

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Sounds very reasonable, of course I would just find a program with half a brain that had a setting to perform its preconfigured function on start up like all my recording and backup programs already do.
 
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