What is scheduled task?

Question

Sometime during the period between Tuesday evening and Wednesday evening the system time automatically jumps forward 2 hours. In what is probably a related issue, my Norton Antivirus software is scheduled to run a system wide check on Friday evening. It does do that but is also runs another check sometime on Sunday.

What would cause the system time to automatically jump ahead? I reset it back to the correct time but the problem re-occurrs on a weekly basis. It almost appears that there is a 2nd/alternate time being kept. I am guessing that the fact the Norton Antivirus is running twice a week instead of once a week is somehow related.

Thanks,

Mark

Answer

This question was answered on October 30, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

You may need to check your battery:

To set a warning alarm for a low or critical battery condition

Open Power Options in Control Panel

Click the Alarms tab

In Low battery alarm and Critical battery alarm, specify the settings you want by dragging the slider

Click Alarm Action to select the type of alarm notification and power level you want

Notes

To open Power Options, click Start, click Control Panel, click Performance and Maintenance, and then click Power Options

If you want your computer to shut down when the alarm occurs, click When the alarm goes off, the computer will in the Alarm Actions dialog box

You can set a low battery alarm, a critical battery alarm, or both

Using Power Options in Control Panel, you can adjust any power management option that your computer's unique hardware configuration supports Because these options may vary widely from computer to computer, the options described may differ from what you see Power Options automatically detects what is available on your computer and shows you only the options that you can control

To schedule a new task

Open Scheduled Tasks

Double-click Add Scheduled Task

Follow the instructions in the Scheduled Task Wizard

Notes

To open Scheduled Tasks, click Start, click All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Scheduled Tasks

If you want to configure advanced settings for the task, select the Open advanced properties for this task when I click Finish check box on the final page of the wizard

Confirm that the system date and time on your computer are accurate, because Scheduled Tasks relies on this information to run scheduled tasks To verify or change this information, double-click the time indicator on the taskbar

If you leave the password blank and you want the task to run when you are logged on, open the task On the Task tab, select the Run only if logged on check box The task will run at its scheduled time when the user who created the task is logged on to the computer.

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Posted by christopher of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on October 30, 2004