Hi, 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 OFF ECHO hello there... PING 22.214.171.124 -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. Thanks.