Windows Server

Export and Import Scheduled Tasks in Windows

Windows Task Scheduler enables Administrators to quickly create and run tasks automatically. Using this tool, you can launch apps, run scripts, or execute commands on a particular day and time, or even during a specific event. Some articles on Task Scheduler: How to create, edit and delete a scheduled task via the command prompt (CMD), how to run, edit, and delete a task using Task Scheduler GUI (taskschd.msc), how to create an advanced scheduled task on Windows Server with Windows Task Scheduler, how to schedule Windows Defender Antivirus to scan on-demand in Windows, and how to automate Windows Update with PowerShell and Task Scheduler. In this guide, you will learn how to export and import Scheduled Tasks in Windows using Windows Task Scheduler and PowerShell.

Import Scheduled Tasks:  This task can be achieved with the following steps below.

Note: There are two options to import a task, you can either click on the “Action” tab in the menu bar as shown below or click on “Import Tasks…” under the Action pane on the right.

This will open the file explorer as shown below, select the location of the file that you need to import.
– Click on Open.

The import process will display the task properties as shown below

Now, you can continue with the customization as shown in the image above. Every setting that needs customization has been marked as well.
Note if you are okay with the imported scheduled tasks, and click on Ok
– And you will be requested to enter your credentials to confirm

Export Scheduled Task: Now to export a task, this is extremely very straight forward as well.
– There are three options to export a task, you can either click on the “Action” tab in the menu bar and select “Export” as shown below or click on “Export ” under the Selected Item pane on the right.

You can also right-click on the configured scheduled task and select “Export”.

Next, select a location to have this file saved to and click on save as shown below.

Export-ScheduledTask with PowerShell: For more information, see the following link.

Export-ScheduledTask -TaskName "UpdateDrivers" -TaskPath "\UpdateTasks\"

Import–ScheduledTask with PowerShell: modify the following syntax below.

Register-ScheduledTask -Xml (get-content '\\fp01\it\Weekly System Info Report.xml' | out-string) -TaskName "Weekly System Info Report" -User techdirect\administrator -Password P@ssw0rd –Force

On how to create a scheduled task with Windows Admin Center (WAC), see the following link.

I hope you found this blog post helpful. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comment session.

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