How to Open Task Scheduler and Set Tasks for Your Computer

Task scheduler is a system tool that is included with Windows Xp and Windows Vista. You can use task scheduler to set tasks for your computer to follow. You can run programs, send emails, and have messages popup when you set a task in task scheduler. For example you can set task scheduler to remind you to backup your computer files or to even do a disk cleanup. Or you can even set it to actually run the program automatically.

Some people find task scheduler to be annoying, however it can be a very useful tool if it is used correctly. You can modify, delete, or create new tasks that will enable you to be in control of what tasks are performed and when they are carried out.

How to open task scheduler in Windows XP or Windows Vista

  1. Go to the start menu
  2. Choose All programs/ programs from the menu
  3. Then choose accessories
  4. Then choose system tools, and then task scheduler

How to run task scheduler from the run command window in Windows Vista or XP

  1. Go to the start menu and choose run from the menu. OR
  2. Press the WIN KEY and the letter R the run box will appear.
  3. Then type cmd for the command prompt to appear.
  4. Then type Taskschd.msc to start task scheduler.

For Windows vista you can simply type cmd into the search bar in the start menu. You do not need to open run.

How to create a task in task scheduler?

  1. In Windows Vista in task scheduler under the actions menu, click on Create task
  2. The create task dialog box will appear.

task scheduler

  1. On the general tab write in a name for your task.
  2. Then write a description.
  3. Then go through the tabs and put in your settings. If you go to the triggers tab, press new to add a new trigger.
  4. When you are finished press ok.

What are the different settings in task scheduler?

  • Triggers
  • Actions
  • Conditions
  • Task settings

Triggers: A trigger is a set of criteria, set by you, that when met, will trigger a certain task to run. A trigger can be time based like a time of day or a specific day of the week or month. A trigger can also be event based. For example the task my be scheduled to run when you log in or when the computer starts.

Actions: An action is performed when a trigger has been set off. Actions include starting a program, sending an email, or setting a reminder message. Starting a program with task scheduler can be very easy for the common programs and more difficult for the others.

Conditions: Once a trigger has been set off to start a task there can also be extra conditions added to determine whether the task will actually run or not. You could set an idle condition which would only run the task if the computer is idle. You can also set a power condition to say to only run when the AC power is plugged in.

Task Settings: These are extra settings for your task. For example you can stop a task if it runs for longer than a certain time, or you can allow the task to be run anytime other than the scheduled time.


  • Setting a task in task scheduler can get very detailed and it is always best to start with an easy task at first.
  • You can set task scheduler to remind you to do things by having messages popup that say what you want them to say.
  • The only way to learn is to give it a go.


  1. says

    I got here because of your newer post about being more productive.
    I was able to find the task scheduler. But apparently scheduling the computer to hibernate is quite difficult and requires you to download another program from windows and use some complicated script.
    Is there no way around this in windows 7?

  2. james says

    You need to give more info, complete step by step and NOT LEAVING OUT ANY STEPS OR DETAILS NO MATTER HOW TRIVAL THEY MAY SEEM TO YOU.