If you’re coming from a Windows XP background, you’re probably accustomed to using XP’s “Scheduled Tasks” folder to run programs at specified times or events. At first glance, it may appear Windows Vista and Windows 7 lack this functionality, since there is no “Scheduled Tasks” to be found. However, it’s still there, but under a different name: Task Scheduler.

To open Task Scheduler, click the Start button, type in “Task Scheduler,” and click it when it appears in the results list.

Although Task Scheduler provides the same functionality as Scheduled Tasks, the interface is much different.

To add a task, click “Create Basic Task,” which can be found in the “Actions” pane on the right or on the “Action” menu.