Schedule routine maintenance

Question

How can I automate the bulk of my PC maintenance?

Answer

This question was answered on April 7, 2006. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

You may not know it yet, but your computer is perfectly capable of taking care of itself; well, sort of A great deal of the routine maintenance that computers require can be configured to happen automatically, when it’s most convenient for you Here’s how it’s done:

1. Start by navigating the Start menu > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Scheduled Tasks Once the Scheduled Tasks windows appears, click the Add Scheduled Task button.

2. A grey dialog box will appear, click Next

3. A list of programs that you can run automated tasks on will appear Find Disk Cleanup in the list, select it, and click Next.

4. Enter a name for the task (the default should work just fine in this case) and specify how often you want the task to run - daily, weekly, etc Click Next to continue.

5. The next screen depends on how frequent you chose to make this task The screenshot below shows a task that’s been scheduled to run once a week, at 2:30AM every Monday Click Next when you’ve got the timing just right.

6. In the next screen, enter the user name and password of the account whose credentials you want the task to use This data (which is saved in encrypted format) allows a scheduled task to run even if you’re not logged on It also allows a task that requires administrative privileges to run when a user with a limited account is logged on.

7. Click Finish to save your settings and exit the wizard.

You can create tasks for any program that you run on a routine basis Cheers!

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Posted by Chad of Data Doctors on April 7, 2006