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    How can I add Repeat task every “4 hours” to Task Scheduler?

    by fluidpoetry ·

    I’m running Win11Pro.

    Is there a registry hack or editing some system file/policy which would allow me to set up tasks in the Task Scheduler such that in the advanced Trigger settings I could set this task to recur every 4 hours? I would add it could be extended to any number which would divide evenly into 24, such as 2, 4, 3, 6, 12, but I’m just looking for 4 or 6 hour options.

    I believe Windows used to have no problem with manually changing the “1 hour” setting to x hours in the field, but currently it will not run on it’s schedule if I do this. The longest time interval provided is 1 hour, and after that 1 day.

    The only option to get around this is inelegant, that is by adding multiple triggers at 4 hour intervals.

    I am hoping to add via registry some extra recurrence time options.

    I have also posted this on two microsoft sites (learn & answers .microsoft.com), since I’m unsure if this or the other location is the best place to ask this question.

    thank you for your time.

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      Re: Task Scheduler

      by kees_b ·

      In reply to How can I add Repeat task every “4 hours” to Task Scheduler?

      You might find it “inelegant”, but it seems easy and effective to set 6 triggers for the same task, such as for example:
      – every day at 02:00
      – every day at 06:00
      – every day at 10:00
      – every day at 14:00
      – every day at 18:00
      – every day at 22:00

      But if you want to do it a more difficult way, go ahead.

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      Let’s ask an AI (ChatGPT.)

      by rproffitt ·

      In reply to How can I add Repeat task every “4 hours” to Task Scheduler?

      This is the answer it gave:

      You can schedule a task to run every 4 hours on Windows 11 using the Task Scheduler. Here’s how:

      1. Open the Start menu and search for “Task Scheduler”, then open it.

      2. Click on the “Create Task” option in the right-hand panel.

      3. In the “General” tab, give the task a name and description.

      4. In the “Triggers” tab, click “New” to create a new trigger.

      5. In the “New Trigger” window, select “On a schedule” and set the frequency to “Every 4 hours”. You can also set the start time and date for the task to begin.

      6. In the “Actions” tab, click “New” to create a new action.

      7. In the “New Action” window, select “Start a program” and enter the path to the program or script you want to run every 4 hours.

      8. Click “OK” to save the task.

      Your task is now scheduled to run every 4 hours. You can view and manage your scheduled tasks in the Task Scheduler library.

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        Reply To: How can I add Repeat task every “4 hours” to Task Scheduler?

        by kees_b ·

        In reply to Let’s ask an AI (ChatGPT.)

        I’m afraid the OP is right when he wrote it used to be possible, but I tried what ChatGPT said, and there currently (on Windows 10, at least) is no such option (any more?). It fails at step 5, where the only options are “once”, “daily”, “weekly” and “monthly”.

        ChatGPT obviously didn’t check.

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      Reply To: How can I add Repeat task every “4 hours” to Task Scheduler?

      by safaq4978 ·

      In reply to How can I add Repeat task every “4 hours” to Task Scheduler?

      Hey

      To add a repeat task every “4 hours” to Task Scheduler, follow these steps:

      Open Task Scheduler by pressing the Windows key + R on your keyboard, typing “taskschd.msc” into the Run dialog box, and hitting Enter.

      In the Task Scheduler window, click on “Create Basic Task” in the right-hand sidebar.

      Follow the prompts to name your task and set the trigger to “Daily.” Choose the time you want the task to start, and set the recurrence to every “1” days.

      Next, choose “Start a Program” as the action for the task. Browse for the program you want to run, and click “Next.”

      On the “Finish” screen, make sure the box is checked next to “Open the Properties dialog for this task when I click Finish.” Click “Finish” to create the task.

      In the Properties dialog box, go to the “Triggers” tab and select the trigger you just created. Click “Edit” to modify the trigger.

      In the Edit Trigger dialog box, set the “Recur every” dropdown to “4 hours.” Click “OK” to save the changes.

      Finally, click “OK” in the Properties dialog box to save the task. The task will now run every 4 hours according to the schedule you set.

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