How to Open the Scheduled Tasks Window in Window XP - dummies

How to Open the Scheduled Tasks Window in Window XP

By Dan Gookin

Windows XP provides you with the Scheduled Tasks window. It’s a place where you can create your own tasks — programs that run to do various things — automatically on a schedule. It’s part of the automation thing that makes computer maintenance easy.

To review any tasks you created, or to create a new task, you must visit the Windows XP Scheduled Tasks window: From the Start button menu, choose All Programs→Accessories→System Tools→Scheduled Tasks. The Scheduled Tasks window appears.


To ensure that you’re getting the full effect of the Scheduled Tasks window, choose View→Details from the menu. That way, you can see the schedule for each task and the next run time and last run time.

Two types of icons appear in the Name column of the Scheduled Tasks window.

The first icon, the one that’s always in the window, is the Add Scheduled Task icon. Opening this icon runs the Scheduled Task Wizard, which helps you create your own tasks.

The second type of icon represents tasks you create. For instance, you can create a task to automatically run the hard drive defragmentation utility, which keeps the PC’s hard drives running smoothly or one to automatically restart the computer.

You can tell whether the task is active by checking the Next Run Time column. If a date appears in the column, the task is active. “Never” indicates that the task is disabled.