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Scheduling System Tasks

Throughout this 24-hour tutorial, you've seen numerous tools that enable you to manage your Windows system and fine-tune its work environment. Hour 18, "Giving Windows XP a Tune-Up," explains how to update your system to the latest files and download Windows corrections and upgrades when Microsoft releases them. Hour 19, "Managing Your Hard Drives," discusses how disk drive tools keep your disk drives running at their most efficient state. In addition, proper system procedures require that you back up your operating system settings often, as this hour explains later. Restoring your operating system to its best state in the event of system failure requires recent system backups.

A Windows program called Scheduled Tasks enables you to schedule these system programs as well as any other program to run at preset time periods. You can defragment and back up your hard disk every morning at 4:00 a.m. if you want. You can log into the Internet and retrieve e-mail before work, during lunch, and before you leave work.


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