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Windows 7: schedule task to play a video as minimised

05 Sep 2014   #1
greensquirrel

32 bit
 
 
schedule task to play a video as minimised

Hi,

I'm trying to schedule task a video to play every 5 minutes as minimised,
ie wmplayer wildfife. If you're wondering, its to stop the screensaver kicking in ( im not permitted to change it)

So playing wmplayer minimised prevents this (and it works too)
On a loop is fine, but I think its a waste of CPU.
I'm wondering if its better to play wildlife.wmv minimised once only every 5 minutes, then shut down video - Im not sure if this is going to work.
So what I need is a means of doing this. "/min" doesnt seem to work. Plus, wmplayer doesnt seem to unload - process always running.

Thanks


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05 Sep 2014   #2
JDobbsy1987

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Hi,

Would the pop up (albeit minimised) not be more annoying than the screensaver as the screensaver will only start when you haven't done anything for x amount of minutes but your task is going to run regardless.

Another thing is security, when the screensaver kicks in i'm guessing the copmputer also locks and you have to enter your password, if you forget to lock your computer it would never lock giving people access to your computer.

Regards,
Jamie
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05 Sep 2014   #3
Tookeri

Windows 7 Pro 32
 
 

Play a sound file instead of video maybe How to Prevent the Windows Screensaver Autolock Feature? | /dev/random

And record your own empty silent sound file so you don't have to turn the audio off.
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05 Sep 2014   #4
greensquirrel

32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JDobbsy1987 View Post
Hi,

Would the pop up (albeit minimised) not be more annoying than the screensaver as the screensaver will only start when you haven't done anything for x amount of minutes but your task is going to run regardless.

Another thing is security, when the screensaver kicks in i'm guessing the copmputer also locks and you have to enter your password, if you forget to lock your computer it would never lock giving people access to your computer.

Regards,
Jamie
No, I'd be happy with this ... its a virtualbox thingy, so I pop into it every once so often. Thanks very much anyway, appreciated.
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05 Sep 2014   #5
greensquirrel

32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tookeri View Post
Play a sound file instead of video maybe How to Prevent the Windows Screensaver Autolock Feature? | /dev/random

And record your own empty silent sound file so you don't have to turn the audio off.
Yes indeed -This works for me!
Forget the scheduled task, I just play one of the built-in mp3 (kalimba.mp3) and minimise - minimal cpu activity, small memory footprint, repeat=true.
Excellent - thanks very much.
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