You must be logged on as an administrator to perform these steps. If you are not logged on as an administrator, you can only change settings that apply to your user account.

If you use a specific program on a regular basis, you can use the Task Scheduler Wizard to create a task that opens the program for you automatically according to the schedule you choose. For example, if you use a financial program on a certain day each month, you can schedule a task that opens the program automatically so you don't risk forgetting to open it yourself.

  1. Open Task Scheduler by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, clicking Administrative Tools, and then double-clicking Task Scheduler. Administrator permission required If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

  2. Click the Action menu, and then click Create Basic Task.

  3. Type a name for the task and an optional description, and then click Next.

  4. Do one of the following:

    • To select a schedule based on the calendar, click Daily, Weekly, Monthly, or One time, click Next, specify the schedule you want to use, and then click Next.

    • To select a schedule based on common recurring events, click When the computer starts, or When I log on, and then click Next.

    • To select a schedule based on specific events, click When a specific event is logged, click Next, specify the event log and other information using the drop-down lists, and then click Next.

  5. To schedule a program to start automatically, click Start a program, and then click Next.

  6. Click Browse to find the program you want to start, and then click Next.

  7. Click Finish.

Task Scheduler is a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in and it includes additional help for advanced users. For more information, open Task Scheduler, click the Help menu, and then click Help Topics.