Task Scheduler - Win 7 64-bit - problem running .bat file "Hello..."


I'm having a problem trying to automatically run a basic .bat file in task scheduler in windows 7 64-bit.

I have more complicated .bat files to schedule but I can't get a simple one to run.

This is the .bat file:

ECHO hello there...
PING -n 1 -w 5000 >NUL

It works fine manually - it opens a window and displays the message and then closes after 5 seconds - no problems.

If I schedule it to automatically run in task scheduler nothing happens - no window appears - but it says its running.

I did create a .bat file in the same directory containing:

shutdown /r

This launched fine using task scheduler - the computer restarted - great.

Any ideas how to get a simple .bat file to execute in task scheduler other than restarting the computer?

I'm losing my hair - it shouldn't be this difficult.


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