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Windows 7: Can't send email from Task Scheduler

22 May 2010   #1
prroots

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
Can't send email from Task Scheduler

I would like to send an email from within Windows 7 Task Scheduler. I'm using Yahoo Mail Plus. It doesn't work. I suspect that I must setup a SMTP server first, but not sure how to do that. Is there a tutorial somewhere? Thanks
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23 May 2010   #2
roncerr

Windows 8 Pro w/MC 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by prroots View Post
I would like to send an email from within Windows 7 Task Scheduler. I'm using Yahoo Mail Plus. It doesn't work. I suspect that I must setup a SMTP server first, but not sure how to do that. Is there a tutorial somewhere?
Yes, there is a space to put the smtp server name; but there doesn't seem to be a way to include the authentication that most email servers require these days. Yahoo should tell you how to set up a pop3 account in a regular email program. I'd first try to set it up in your email program (such as OE or WM or WLM). Once it's working here is a workaround for scheduling it:

Set up your mail program to "send and receive at startup" and "work offline". When you push the send button it will go to and stay in the outbox. Next choose "work online" and close the program; when it asks if you want to send now click "no". The email will be sent the next time the program opens. Just use Task Scheduler to run the program at the scheduled time.

If this interferes with your regular use of email, you may have to run a different email program for each scheduled time. I'm sure this is not what task scheduler email was meant for. The built-in email was probably meant to be used with an internal smtp server which does not require authentication.

Apparently there is a geeky way to work around the rather complicated issues of scheduling email: the last post in this thread looks like a possibility...
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/...a-feb04c51f5ba
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