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Thread: windows XP scheduler question

  1. #1
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    Aug 2006

    windows XP scheduler question

    I schedule a batch file to run every 5 minutes. It works well, but opens a substantial size window each time which is very distracting at this cadence. Is it possible to have it not open an explicit window, or open a small to insignificant one?
    Thanks for any help.
    Herb Sauer

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Portland, OR
    I don't know if the XP task scheduler allows you specify window properties, but I do know that VB's Shell statement does. You could write a simple VB app that Shells your batch file in a hidden or minimized window and schedule the VB app to run every 5 minutes.
    Phil Weber

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  3. #3
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    Aug 2006
    Thank you, Phil Weber, for your swift response. The XP scheduler does not have any apparent means to control the window, as you probably surmised. I will go find some information about VB. I guess that this old dog may have to learn a new trick.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    South of Nowhere, Maine
    If you can use a shortcut to launch the app, that shortcut can have properties to minimize the window.

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