1. Joined : Dec 2015
    Wellington, FL
    Posts : 8
    Windows 10
       06 Nov 2016 #1

    Problem Getting a Powershell Script to Run in Task Scheduler

    Hope I'm in the right place!

    I am trying to get a Powershell script to run daily in the task scheduler. It basically purges a folder on one of my drives:

    Get-ChildItem –Path “D:\Dropbox\Quicken\Backup” –Recurse | Where-Object CreationTime –lt (Get-Date).AddDays(-10) | Remove-ItI

    I can run it from a CMD prompt and I set it up in the task scheduler and it seemed to run one time on schedule and then hasn't run since that initial time. I have tried to run it manually from the task scheduler but it gets and error "Task Start Failed."

    I have attached copies of the properties tabs and the main view of the task scheduler with the History showing. Any ideas? I didn't find a tutorial, but I'm sure there is something on the website!


    Al Guden

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  2. Joined : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 6,593
    Win 10 Pro (1607)
       06 Nov 2016 #2

    Hi, I think you need to create a powershell script file and specify that as your action, not the specific powershell command.

    See this for an extended example, and another below:
    Weekend Scripter: Use the Windows Task Scheduler to Run a Windows PowerShell Script Hey, Scripting Guy! Blog

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  3. Joined : Dec 2015
    Wellington, FL
    Posts : 8
    Windows 10
       06 Nov 2016 #3

    Thank you for the help. The 2nd article had the little nugget I needed. -ExecutionPolicy Bypass before the PS1 file did the trick. I started using a PS1 file but couldn't get past the errors with scripts being prohibited. This did the trick. It runs manually. Now we will see if it runs on schedule.

    Thanks again.

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  4. Joined : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 6,593
    Win 10 Pro (1607)
       06 Nov 2016 #4

    Glad it helped- the answer's often 'out there'...
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