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Windows 7: Can I trigger a scheduled task when the contents of a folder change?

13 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Can I trigger a scheduled task when the contents of a folder change?

Hello everyone,

I want to use the windows task scheduler to run a task when something is copied to a folder on my server. When this happens several programs run and extract files, rename them and move them automatically.

Right now I have the window task scheduler running a task every 5 minutes on this folder so when something get's copied into it the files will be processed, however this is a really bad way of doing this. I saw under the task scheduler trigger I could begin the task on an event and that I could create a filter based on something.

The problem is I don't know if there is anything that can be used when a folder changes. I have attached a picture showing the trigger and filter screen so you can see what I am talking about. Is there something on the right (encircled with red) that I could use?

I know that there are a lot of ways of doing this (monitoring a folder) and a lot of other programs that will "just do it for you", but I would like to come up with a solution using windows task scheduler if possible.

Thank you in advance for your help.

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16 Aug 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Well I guess this must not be done very often as still no replies. If a mod thinks this should be in a different forum could you let me know? If someone knows of a forum that would be better I would love to hear about it.

Thanks again for any help you can provide.

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18 Dec 2012   #3

windows 7 Enterprise
Same problem but...

Hi nzdreamer55,

I am a software engineer. I was looking for an easy solution to do exactly what you want, but it looks like very few people need this. So I am going to work on it tonight. I will let you know what I find out.

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