Launching a Scheduled Task manually using Schtasks.exe

Schtasks.exe console tool helps you create, delete, query, change, run, and end scheduled tasks on a local or remote computer. Running Schtasks.exe without arguments displays the list of each registered task, the Next Run Time and the Status for each task.

To launch a Scheduled Task item manually, open a Command Prompt window and type:

SCHTASKS.EXE /RUN /TN "task name"

Replace the text <task name> with the actual name of the task.

If the task name is Sync Files, run the following command:


The Schtasks.exe can also take remote computer name as a parameter.

schtasks /Run [/S system [/U username [/P [password]]]] /TN taskname
/SsystemSpecifies the remote computer to connect to. If omitted, the system parameter defaults to the local computer.
/UusernameSpecifies the user context under which Schtasks.exe should run.
/PpasswordSpecifies the password for the given user context. If omitted, Schtasks.exe prompts the user for input.
/TNtasknameSpecifies the name of the scheduled task to run.
/?Help for Schtasks.exeDisplays Help for Schtasks.exe.

For other uses of Schtasks.exe, see Schtasks.exe documentation at the MSDN site.

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