Start Batch File Minimized via Task Scheduler

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  1. Posts : 12
    Windows 7 and 10

    Start Batch File Minimized via Task Scheduler

    I have a batch file scheduled to run in Task Scheduler in Windows 10. The batch file runs on schedule, but it opens a full CMD window. I have tried entering variations on start /min in the Task Scheduler properties, but these seem to have no effect.

    The particular batch file opens and then pauses at a PAUSE statement, waiting for user response. I want it to start minimized partly because, when it opens to a full CMD window, it captures keystrokes, if I happen to be typing. In that case, the newly opened batch file blows past the pause and proceeds with its next steps. I don't want that to happen.

    Possibly I am using the wrong term. When I say "minimized," I mean that the batch file will be visible as an item on the taskbar, but its window will not open up onscreen. To access the batch file, I will have to coolswitch to it or click on its taskbar icon.

    So the question is, how can I start this batch file minimized, in the sense that it will open as a taskbar icon but not as a full CMD window?
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  2.    #2

    Have tried below command from Task Scheduler.

    cmd.exe /k start /min myfile.bat
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  3. Posts : 12
    Windows 7 and 10
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for taking a stab at it. But no, I can't seem to make that work in any combination. Most combinations (e.g., putting full path plus filename in the "Start in" field) run nothing. The most response I got was an error: "It appears as though arguments have been included in the Program text box." Do you have more specific knowledge as to which items should go in the Arguments and Start In fields?
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  4.    #4

    Let me test the command and i will let you now.
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  5.    #5

    Set WshShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")obj = WshShell.Run("path to batch file.bat", 2)set WshShell = Nothing
    That will work in a .vbs file.
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  6.    #6

    If this still comes up inoperable, you may want to try a third party tool. WinAutomation is very good, but I don't know if it will run minimized or not. A 2009 forum thread there discusses several ways to make it run minimized, but that's pretty old now. Check it out at WinAutomation - Smart Macro Recorder, Web Automation Recorder and more.
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  7.    #7

    How about below script?

    Echo @echo off > %tmp%\Test.bat
    Echo Echo testing >> %tmp%\Test.bat
    Echo pause >> %tmp%\Test.bat
    cmd.exe /c start /min %tmp%\Test.bat
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  8.    #8

    Nircmd is another third party application that you can use to run it minimized.
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  9. topgundcp's Avatar
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    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64

    Create a shortcut of the bat file. Right click->Properties and set to rum minimize. Set the schedule to run the Shortcut instead.
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  10. Try3's Avatar
    Posts : 2,071
    Windows 10 Home x64 and Pro x86

    Use this procedure Make Windows 10 Task scheduler run a batch file minimised and with a specific icon - MSA Forum article

    I wrote that article but post any questions here not there as I do not contribute to that forum anymore.

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