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Need program that can automate PC tasks

by stick joe / August 12, 2010 1:14 PM PDT

I have Vista (32bit) Home Premium.

What I need is a good, free program that is better than Windows Task Scheduler. I need it to be able to automate tasks I now do manually, like defrag, disk check, clean out temp files, etc.

But the thing is, it has to be able to make tasks though I use 3rd party software for the defragging and cleaning.

I tried to get Vista's task scheduler to do this but to no avail because it's too hard to find out what the arguments would be that are needed to get a non-Windows program to defrag or whatever. In fact, the kind of program I'd like for this automating of tasks would have to be one where putting in arguments isn't needed.

Anyone know of any such programs, please let me know.

Thanks for any help given.

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You may be in luck
by Jimmy Greystone / August 12, 2010 9:58 PM PDT

You may be in luck because of the three things you list, none of them need to be done with any kind of regularity.

Defragmenting gives negligible benefits at best, disk checking is purely diagnostic and there's no benefit to running it unless you suspect a problem, and cleaning out temp files is one of those odd myths that has no foundation in fact. So if those are representative of the kinds of things you want to automate, then you can save yourself some time and just not bother. None of them need to be performed. If they offer any benefit at all, it's negligible at best. More psychosomatic than actual.

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Very enlightening
by stick joe / August 15, 2010 10:29 AM PDT
In reply to: You may be in luck

I'm glad you said this.

This got me to thinking, "Have I noticed any difference in speed or performance after running a disk check, defrag, and/or cleaning regularly?" Well, the answer is none whatsoever.

In light of you spawning off that question in me, I'm now in total agreement - if it increases speed/performance, it's negligible at best.

Thanks for that insightful reply. Kudos!

That solves this for me. There's no need to waste my time doing these tasks "regularly" so I don't need any program to automate it.

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These tasks....
by Papa Echo / August 13, 2010 12:00 AM PDT

...do not have to be performed with any kind of regularity. Certainly, you do not need a "program". If you still want to, perhaps you can look into Windows Batch Files [google for it]...

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