To help you automate this type of restart operation, Microsoft Windows XP comes with a command-line utility called Shutdown.exe, which can restart your system. To make this happen automatically, you can configure it to run at a specified time with the Scheduled Tasks tool. Here's how:
- Go to Control Panel | Scheduled Tasks.
- Double-click Add Scheduled Task to launch the Scheduled Task Wizard.
- Click Next and then click the Browse button.
- Access the Windows\System32 folder, select Shutdown.exe, and click Open.
- Follow the wizard through the next two screens to give the task a name and choose a schedule.
- Enter your user account name and password and click Next.
- Select the Open Advanced Properties check box and click Finish.
- In the task's Properties dialog box, add the /r parameter to the end of the command line in the Run text box and click OK. (Be sure to include a space between the last character in the command name and the first character in the parameter list.)
- Enter your user account name and password and click OK.
When the Shutdown utility runs, you'll momentarily see a small dialog box on your screen before the system restarts.Note: This tip applies to both Windows XP Home and Professional editions.
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Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.