Windows 10: Task Scheduler - how to run program on different drive? Solved

  1.    07 Oct 2015 #1

    Task Scheduler - how to run program on different drive?

    I'm trying to set up a task using Task Scheduler to run a game which is on one of my secondary drives, drive F: - I have Windows 10 installed on the C: drive.
    The problem I'm having is Task Scheduler doesn't seem able to start a program if it's on any drive except C: - I can create a task to run any program or open any file if it's on the C: drive, but nothing runs if it tries to access the F: drive.
    As an experiment, I created a simple task to open a jpeg picture - it opened no problem on the C drive, but on the F drive I was prompted to pick an application to open it with (I chose Windows picture viewer) after which the jpeg wouldn't open/load.
    Any ideas what I can do to create a task which will run on my F drive?
    Many thanks, I appreciate any help you can offer.
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  2.    07 Oct 2015 #2

    You need to supply an executable - if it relies on a dll, supply rundll as the exe.

    eg: RunDLL32.exe C:\Windows\System32\Shimgvw.dll,ImageView_Fullscreen F:\Capture.png
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  3.    07 Oct 2015 #3

    Thanks for the reply Superfly, but I'm a little unsure of your instruction.

    The actual game file location is: "F:\Games\Dark Souls\DARKSOULS.exe". In Task Scheduler I have the action as "start a program" and in Program/Script I have that file location. Do I need to add anything to 'add arguments' or 'start in'?

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  4.    07 Oct 2015 #4

    Try using "explorer.exe" as Program/Script and "F:\Games\Dark Souls\DARKSOULS.exe" as the augument.

    If you are still unable to launch it, check for any switches in Task Manager (Processes tab - Rt click Menu bar - select commandline) after launching it manually.
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  5.    07 Oct 2015 #5

    That was it! Many thanks Superfly!
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