XP schtasks commandline utility replaces AT.exe


Windows XP includes powerful commandline admin utilities including schtasks which replaces Windows NT and Windows 2000
commandline scheduler AT.exe. Schtasks allows an
administrator to create, delete, query, change, run and end scheduled tasks on a
local or remote system.

Parameter List:
/Create : Creates a new scheduled task.

/Delete : Deletes the scheduled task(s).

/Query : Displays all scheduled tasks.

/Change : Changes the properties of scheduled task.

/Run : Runs the scheduled task immediately.

/End : Stops the currently running scheduled task.

/? Displays this help/usage.

Examples:
SCHTASKS
SCHTASKS /?
SCHTASKS /Run /?
SCHTASKS /End /?
SCHTASKS /Create /?
SCHTASKS /Delete /?
SCHTASKS /Query /?
SCHTASKS /Change /?


  • SCHTASKS /Create /?

    SCHTASKS /Create [/S system [/U username [/P password]]]
    [/RU username [/RP password]] /SC schedule [/MO modifier] [/D day]
    [/I idletime] /TN taskname /TR taskrun [/ST starttime] [/M months]
    [/SD startdate] [/ED enddate]

    Description:
    Enables an administrator to create scheduled tasks on a local or
    remote systems.

    Parameter List:
    /S system Specifies the remote system to
    connect to. If omitted the system
    parameter defaults to the local
    system.

    /U username Specifies the user context under
    which the command should execute.

    /P password Specifies the password for the given
    user context.

    /RU username Specifies the user account (user
    context) under which the task runs.
    For the system account, valid values
    are “”, “NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM” or
    “SYSTEM”.

    /RP password Specifies the password for the user.
    To prompt for the password, the value
    must be either “*” or none.
    Password will not effect for the
    system account.

    /SC schedule Specifies the schedule frequency.
    Valid schedule types: MINUTE, HOURLY,
    DAILY, WEEKLY, MONTHLY, ONCE,
    ONSTART, ONLOGON, ONIDLE.

    /MO modifier Refines the schedule type to allow
    finer control over schedule
    recurrence. Valid values are listed
    in the “Modifiers” section below.

    /D days Specifies the day of the week to run
    the task. Valid values: MON, TUE,
    WED, THU, FRI, SAT, SUN and for
    MONTHLY schedules 1 – 31 (days of the
    month).

    /M months Specifies month(s) of the year.
    Defaults to the first day of the
    month. Valid values: JAN, FEB, MAR,
    APR, MAY, JUN, JUL, AUG, SEP, OCT,
    NOV, DEC.

    /I idletime Specifies the amount of idle time to
    wait before running a scheduled
    ONIDLE task.
    Valid range: 1 – 999 minutes.

    /TN taskname Specifies a name which uniquely
    identifies this scheduled task.

    /TR taskrun Specifies the path and file name of
    the program to be run by this
    scheduled task.
    Example: C:\windows\system32\calc.exe

    /ST starttime Specifies the time to run the task.
    The time format is HH:MM:SS (24 hour
    time) for example, 14:30:00 for
    2:30 PM.

    /SD startdate Specifies the first date on which the
    task runs. The format is
    “mm/dd/yyyy”.

    /ED enddate Specifies the last date when the task
    should run. The format is
    “mm/dd/yyyy”.

    /? Displays this help/usage.

    Modifiers: Valid values for the /MO switch per schedule type:
    MINUTE: 1 – 1439 minutes.
    HOURLY: 1 – 23 hours.
    DAILY: 1 – 365 days.
    WEEKLY: weeks 1 – 52.
    ONCE: No modifiers.
    ONSTART: No modifiers.
    ONLOGON: No modifiers.
    ONIDLE: No modifiers.
    MONTHLY: 1 – 12, or
    FIRST, SECOND, THIRD, FOURTH, LAST, LASTDAY.

    Examples:
    SCHTASKS /Create /S system /U user /P password /RU runasuser
    /RP runaspassword /SC HOURLY /TN rtest1 /TR notepad
    SCHTASKS /Create /S system /U domain\user /P password /SC MINUTE
    /MO 5 /TN rtest2 /TR calc.exe /ST 12:00:00
    /SD 10/20/2001 /ED 10/20/2001 /RU runasuser /RP
    SCHTASKS /Create /SC MONTHLY /MO first /D SUN /TN game
    /TR c:\windows\system32\freecell
    SCHTASKS /Create /S system /U user /P password /RU runasuser
    /RP runaspassword /SC WEEKLY /TN test1 /TR notepad.exe
    SCHTASKS /Create /S system /U domain\user /P password /SC MINUTE
    /MO 5 /TN test2 /TR c:\windows\system32\notepad.exe
    /ST 18:30:00 /RU runasuser /RP *
    SCHTASKS /Create /SC MONTHLY /MO first /D SUN /TN cell
    /TR c:\windows\system32\freecell /RU runasuser


  • SCHTASKS /delete /?

    SCHTASKS /Delete [/S system [/U username [/P password]]] /TN taskname
    [/F]

    Description:
    Deletes one or more scheduled tasks.

    Parameter List:
    /S system Specifies the remote system to connect to.

    /U username Specifies the user context under
    which the command should execute.

    /P password Specifies the password for the given
    user context.

    /TN taskname Specifies the name of the scheduled task to
    delete. Wildcard “*” may be used to delete
    all tasks.

    /F (Force) Deletes the task and suppresses
    warnings if the specified task is currently
    running.

    /? Displays this help/usage.

    Examples:
    SCHTASKS /Delete /TN * /F
    SCHTASKS /Delete /TN “Backup and Restore”
    SCHTASKS /Delete /S system /U user /P password /TN “Start Restore”
    SCHTASKS /Delete /S system /U user /P password /TN “Start Backup” /F


  • SCHTASKS /query /?

    SCHTASKS /Query [/S system [/U username [/P password]]] [/FO format]
    [/NH] [/V] [/?]

    Description:
    Enables an administrator to display the scheduled tasks on the
    local or remote system.

    Parameter List:
    /S system Specifies the remote system to connect to.

    /U username Specifies the user context under
    which the command should execute.

    /P password Specifies the password for the given
    user context.

    /FO format Specifies the output format to be
    displayed. Valid values: TABLE, LIST, CSV.

    /NH Specifies that the column header should not
    be displayed in the output.
    Valid only for TABLE and CSV formats.

    /V Specifies additional output to be
    displayed.

    /? Displays this help/usage.

    Examples:
    SCHTASKS /Query
    SCHTASKS /Query /?
    SCHTASKS /Query /S system /U user /P password
    SCHTASKS /Query /FO LIST /V /S system /U user /P password
    SCHTASKS /Query /FO TABLE /NH /V


  • SCHTASKS /change /?

    SCHTASKS /Change [/S system [/U username [/P password]]] {[/RU runasuser]
    [/RP runaspassword] [/TR taskrun]} /TN taskname

    Description:
    Changes the program to run, or user account and password used
    by a scheduled task.

    Parameter List:
    /S system Specifies the remote system to connect to.

    /U username Specifies the user context under
    which the command should execute.

    /P password Specifies the password for the given
    user context.

    /RU username Changes the user name (user context) under
    which the scheduled task has to run.
    For the system account, valid values are
    “”, “NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM” or “SYSTEM”.

    /RP password Specifies a new password for the existing
    user context or the password for a new
    user account. Password will not effect for
    the system account.

    /TR taskrun Specifies a new program that the scheduled
    task runs. Type the path and file name of
    the program.

    /TN taskname Specifies which scheduled task to change.

    /? Displays this help/usage.

    Examples:
    SCHTASKS /Change /RP password /TN “Backup and Restore”
    SCHTASKS /Change /TR restore.exe /TN “Start Restore”
    SCHTASKS /Change /S system /U user /P password /RU newuser
    /TN “Start Backup”


  • SCHTASKS /Run /?

    SCHTASKS /Run [/S system [/U username [/P password]]] /TN taskname

    Description:
    Runs a scheduled task immediately.

    Parameter List:
    /S system Specifies the remote system to connect
    to.

    /U username Specifies the user context under
    which the command should execute.

    /P password Specifies the password for the given
    user context.

    /TN taskname Identifies the scheduled task to run.

    /? Displays this help/usage.

    Examples:
    SCHTASKS /Run /?
    SCHTASKS /Run /TN “Start Backup”
    SCHTASKS /Run /S system /U user /P password /TN “Backup and Restore”


  • SCHTASKS /End /?

    SCHTASKS /End [/S system [/U username [/P password]]] /TN taskname

    Description:
    Stops a running scheduled task.

    Parameter List:
    /S system Specifies the remote system to connect
    to.

    /U username Specifies the user context under
    which the command should execute.

    /P password Specifies the password for the given
    user context.

    /TN taskname Specifies the scheduled task to
    terminate.

    /? Displays this help/usage.

    Examples:
    SCHTASKS /End /?
    SCHTASKS /End /TN “Start Backup”
    SCHTASKS /End /S system /U user /P password /TN “Backup and Restore”

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