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    "Does What I Need"

    June 1, 2009  |   By DixonAgee


    Schedules tasks in XP without requiring user password.


    None affecting me.


    I have a stand-alone unattended remote computer running XP that requires a regular reboot. In order to have the computer boot up and self-start my apps - I do not use an account password. By doing so - I don't have to deal with a log-in screen. Therefore in the event of a power failure - or routine reboot - the computer simply starts up and begins doing its thing. No login required.

    I needed to schedule a reboot command in case certan software failed - but the XP scheduler WON'T RUN scheduled tasks without a password - but if I have a password - the computer can't just start - someone has to log-in. Ugh! A catch 22!

    Enter System Scheduler. I can schedule my reboot without a password - and everything just works. You couldn't ask for more.

    But wait - aren't reboots part of the paid upgrade? Not necessarily. Just shedule and run the XP program Shutdown.exe - which is the command Windows uses. You'll find it in the System32 folder. Run "Shutdown.exe -?" to see all options.

    Thanks for a simple solution to a simple problem.

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