Windows runs a lot of scheduled tasks in background. For example, it runs disk defragmentation at scheduled time, whenever possible, in order to keep the disk space in healthy state.
Similarly, Windows checks and, if available, installs updates at regular intervals. Along with such system scheduled tasks, you can also schedule your tasks. All these tasks are handled by Task Scheduler.
The first page displays a summary of the scheduled tasks.
The summary, shown in the description pane, is divided in 2 sections.
As time passes, the empty space in a hard disk tends to get fragmented. This causes a declined in the hard disk performance as its needs to perform more read/write operations.
In order to keep the fragmentation minimum, Windows regularly defragments hard disk partitions. This task is handled by Task Scheduler.
The top section of the description pane lists the tasks for Defrag. Selecting a task displays the details of the task in the bottom section of the pane. The details include
The Actions pane, along with the global options, also shows context commands for the selected task, like run or end the task, disable the task so that it doesn’t ever run again, delete the task, etc.
You can view currently running tasks anytime by clicking on “Display all Running Tasks” on the Actions pane.
A small windows launches, which displays the running tasks with details like name, start time, run duration, current action of the task, location of the task, etc.
Task Scheduler is not only about system tasks. It can also handle user-created tasks. Suppose that you want to run a registry cleaner daily at 12 p.m., so that your system remains clean and fast.
Instead of having to remember to manually run it daily, you can simply schedule the task using the task scheduler.
The Task Scheduler provides two ways to create a task.
To launch the wizard, click on “Create a Basic Task” located in the Actions pane.