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Starts one or more instances of a scheduled task.
Start-ScheduledTask [-TaskName*] <String> [[-TaskPath] <String>] [-CimSession <CimSession[]>] [-ThrottleLimit<Int32>] [<CommonParameters>]
Start-ScheduledTask [-CimSession <CimSession[]>] [-ThrottleLimit <Int32>] [<CommonParameters>]

The Start-ScheduledTask cmdlet starts a registered background task asynchronously.


-CimSession [<CimSession[]>]

Runs the cmdlet in a remote session or on a remote computer. Enter a computer name or a session object, such as the output of a New-CimSession or Get-CimSession cmdlet. The default is the current session on the local computer.

-TaskName <String>

  • This value is required

Specifies the name of a scheduled task.

-TaskPath [<String>]

Specifies the path for a scheduled task in Task Scheduler namespace. You can use \ for the root folder. If you do not specify a path, the cmdlet uses the root folder.

-ThrottleLimit [<Int32>]

Specifies the maximum number of concurrent operations that can be established to run the cmdlet. If this parameter is omitted or a value of 0 is entered, then Windows PowerShellr calculates an optimum throttle limit for the cmdlet based on the number of CIM cmdlets that are running on the computer. The throttle limit applies only to the current cmdlet, not to the session or to the computer.


This cmdlet supports the common parameters: Verbose, Debug,ErrorAction, ErrorVariable, WarningAction, WarningVariable,OutBuffer, PipelineVariable, and OutVariable.

  1. Start a registered scheduled task:
    PS C:\>  Start-ScheduledTask -TaskName "ScanSoftware"

    This command starts a task named ScanSoftware in the root folder.

  2. Start all tasks in a folder:
    PS C:\> Get-ScheduledTask -TaskPath "\UpdateTasks\UpdateVirus\" | Start-ScheduledTask

    This command uses the Get-ScheduledTask cmdlet to get the full task path for the UpdateVirus folder and pipes that value to Start-ScheduledTask, which starts all tasks in the UpdateVirus folder.

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