The Windows built-in Task Scheduler enables Windows users to create various automated tasks to be run by Windows. But there are still many people who don't know how to use Task Scheduler to create a basic task to run. Luckily, this post from MiniTool will show you the detailed steps.

What Is Task Scheduler?

Task Scheduler is a useful tool of Microsoft Windows that enables users to schedule automated tasks such as running a specific program at the specified time you set.

However, not many Windows users know about the Task Scheduler Windows 10 utility. And they don’t know how to schedule an automatic task. If you are one of them who don’t know how to use Task Scheduler to create tasks, you can follow the steps below to create a basic task on Windows 10.

How to Create a Basic Task with Task Scheduler?

To create a basic task with the Task Scheduler in Windows 10, you can follow the steps blow.

Step 1. Type task scheduler in Windows 10 Cortana search box and click the best match to open it.

Step 2. Under the Actions column on the right, click the Create Basic Task to open the wizard.

choose Create Basic Task

Step 3. Give the new task a name and a description. Then click the Next button to continue.

give the task a name and a description

Step 4. Then you can choose the time when the task starts. The created task can be run daily, weekly, monthly, one time, when the computer starts, when you log on or when a specific event is logged. After you decide the task execution time, click Next.

choose the time to start the task

Step 5. Set the exact time for the task to run. Then click Next.

set specified time intervals to run the task

Step 6. On “What action do you want the task to perform?” page, select Start a program and click Next to continue.

choose Start a program click Next

Note: As you see from the screenshot, there are three options available but the last two are noted as deprecated which means they don’t work in this operating system. Even if you can follow the on-screen instructions to create a task that sends an e-mail or displays a message, it will not work and will show you an error message.

Step 7. Click the Browse button to choose the program or the script that you want to run. Then click Next.

click Browse to select a program to run

Step 8. Then you can view the settings that you have made about the task. If you want to change anything, click Back button. If you find everything is correct, click Finish to save the task.

click Finish after the task is created

You see, it is not difficult to create a basic task with Task Scheduler Windows 10. If you are using Windows 7, you can also schedule tasks to send e-mails or display messages because the two actions are only enabled on Windows 7. Try using Windows Task Scheduler to create automated tasks now!

Tip: If the Task Scheduler utility on Windows 8 and 10 gets corrupted and you are unable to use it, you can check out this post for effective solutions: How to Fix the Corrupt Task Scheduler on Windows 8 and 10.


After reading this post, you should know how to create basic tasks with Task Scheduler. If you have different opinions about Task Scheduler, you can leave a message in the following comment zone.

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