Task Scheduler

Lots of sites show how to use it, but they leave some key things out. I am attempting to use it with Windows 10 64-bit. So, first off, this is what you see when you open the program:






??? work in progress


Return codes:

0 or 0x0: The operation completed successfully.
1 or 0x1: Incorrect function called or unknown function called. (did you use the correct start in folder and/or environment path for the bat/exe?)
2 or 0x2: File not found.
10 or 0xa: The environment is incorrect.
0x41300: Task is ready to run at its next scheduled time.
0x41301: Task is currently running.
0x41302: Task is disabled.
0x41303: Task has not yet run.
0x41304: There are no more runs scheduled for this task.
0x41306: Task is terminated.
0x8004130F: Credentials became corrupted (*)
0x8004131F: An instance of this task is already running.
0x80070002: Basically something like file not available (2147942402)
0x8007010B: Action ‘start in’ directory can not be found.
0x800704DD: The service is not available (is ‘Run only when an user is logged on’ checked?)
0xC000013A: The application terminated as a result of a CTRL+C.
0xC06D007E: Unknown software exception.


Windows Key shortcuts



W (on its own) – toggles Start Menu

W A  – Windows 10 notifications

W C  – Cortana speech prompt

W D (or M) – Windows desktop

W E – Windows Explorer

W H – Share content of current app

W I (as in item)  – Windows 10 settings

W K – Connect to wireless displays and audio devices

W-Lock device

W P – Project a screen

W R – Run command

W T – Cycle through open apps

W Q – Cortana


W X – Start menu

  • followed by U, then U to turn off
  • followed by U, then R to restart
  • followed by U, then H to hybernate
  • followed by U, then S to sleep

W Left, Right, Up, Down – Moves active window around screen. Left and Right snap half-size window to relevant side, Up and Down quarter-size to a corner. Once you have used Windows Key + Up to place it in the top corner, pressing that command again makes the window take up your whole screen. If you have hit Windows Key + Down to place a window in the bottom corner, hitting that command again minimizes the window

W F1 – Open Edge (for help via Bing)

W Ctrl + F4 – Close current virtual desktop

W Ctrl + Left or Right – Switch between virtual desktops

W Ctrl + D – new virtual desktop

W 1, 2, 3 etc – Open programs pinned to task bar

W , – Flash view of desktop


W Tab – Task View

W Enter – Open Narrator

W PrtScrn – screenshot of entire screen

W Space – Switch keyboard input language

Shift + Left or Right – Move Window between monitors




Trolly dolly

I’ve got a troll. Keeps posting comments about how wonderfully designed the site is and what wonderful writing is contained therein. Has he/she/it nothing better to do? Well it seems possible, since he/she/it includes a link to something that is pushing “siliconebracelets”, whatever they might be. Fraid I’m not into that sort of stuff, I think.

Anyway, if it helps put him/her/it out of their misery, this site was set up purely to experiment with another application I have been working on. Didn’t work out, so I guess this will die a death ere long.

Sorry Mr R.

Don’t mention the war …

Always gets you into trouble. Look at poor old Boris Johnson. He was trying to explain, I imagine in a lighthearted way, that the past 2,000 years of European history have been marked by repeated attempts to unify the continent under a single government.

“Napoleon, Hitler, various people tried this out, and it ends tragically. The EU is an attempt to do this by different methods.”

Suddenly the whole world and his father are in a state of extreme apoplexy. Why?

Clearly it was the Hitler thing (no one seemed at all fussed about Napoleon). And, yes, Hitler was actually trying to create a Greater Germany.

Plus ca change.