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Scheduling Tasks

Periodic maintenance and backups aren’t useful unless they’re actually periodic—and human memory is notoriously poor here. Scheduled Tasks, which starts and runs each time you start Windows XP, can schedule programs to run according to a schedule that you specify.

Now things become more technical. It does you no good simply to open a program on schedule; you must specify the command name and command-line options that make it run to completion without your intervention. A command name is a program’s filename as typed at a command prompt (choose Start > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt). Disk Defragmenter’s command name is defrag, and Backup’s is ntbackup, for example. Command-line options, or switches, are space-separated parameters—prefixed by a - or / character—that follow the command name and control that command’s behavior. Search for command-line reference in Help Center to find commands, their switches, and examples (Figure 19.30).


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