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I am looking for a program that allows me to set a reminder before I shut down the computer (in the night), and when the computer next turns on (in the morning), I am presented with a friendly reminder so I can do whatever I needed to.

Requirements:

  • free
  • runs on Windows 7 64 bit
  • quick and easy (I open a program, type some text, click 'save' or similar)
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Without any installation you can use on Windows 7 64-bit, the included "Sticky notes tool" or at your discretion the side bar gadget.

For example:

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Hope this helps.

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  • So, I create a sticky note, and the sticky note reopens on next boot? – ᔕᖺᘎᕊ Jul 29 '14 at 16:05
  • @ṧнʊß No, it always stays on the desktop. – ComFreek Jul 30 '14 at 14:35
  • @ComFreek So it's a sticky note, that never goes away (even if you shut down) until you say so? I also see that Nick's edited this - it's built in, so I'll try it. – ᔕᖺᘎᕊ Jul 30 '14 at 14:35
  • Although I wasn't thinking of a solution like this, it does what I want! – ᔕᖺᘎᕊ Jul 30 '14 at 17:59
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You can use the Task Scheduler that is included with Windows since Windows 98:

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Task_Scheduler :

In addition to the graphical user interface for Task Scheduler in Control Panel, Windows provides two command-line tools for managing scheduled task: at.exe (deprecated) and schtasks.exe. However, at.exe cannot access tasks created or modified by Control Panel or schtasks.exe. Also, tasks created with at.exe are not interactive by default; interactivity needs to be explicitly requested.

Schtasks documentation

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  • I forgot to say - quick and easy. Literally a few minutes before I shutdown the computer. Do you know of an option where you open a program, enter some text, and click 'save' or something? – ᔕᖺᘎᕊ Jul 25 '14 at 16:20
  • @ṧнʊß No, sorry. The Task Scheduler is pretty easy but yes has a bunch of options around. – Franck Dernoncourt Jul 25 '14 at 16:30
  • Yeah, it's easy but not very quick! +1 for the option though. I'll wait for other solutions! – ᔕᖺᘎᕊ Jul 25 '14 at 16:48
  • One could register a scheduled task via PowerShell. However, the documentation mentions PowerShell 4.0, which is only built-in in Windows 8.1. It needs to be installed on Windows 7. – ComFreek Jul 25 '14 at 16:57
  • I was just editing the answer to mention that in addition to the graphical user interface for Task Scheduler in Control Panel, Windows provides two command-line tools for managing scheduled task: at.exe (deprecated) and schtasks.exe :) – Franck Dernoncourt Jul 25 '14 at 17:00
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As per the suggestion from Franck you could use the schtasks executable from a batch file, maybe called remindme.bat, with all of the parameters pre-filled in:

  • /SC ONLOGON should schedule the task for at log-on.
  • /Z should delete the task once run once
  • /TR c:\Windows\System32\msg.exe * "%*" should put the reminder you supply into the messenger there may be some work needed with the quotes.

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