By Cherry / Last Updated January 19, 2017

Task Scheduler

Task Scheduler is a Windows native feature which can set your computer to automatically perform routine tasks. Task Scheduler allows automatic execution computer tasks with the help of pre-determined triggers. The Task Scheduler does this by monitoring whatever criteria you choose to initiate the tasks, and then executing the tasks when the criteria is met. Thus, the Task Scheduler always be used to execute tasks as starting an application such as backup scheduled. And the tasks can be scheduled to execute as the following:

● When a specific system event occurs.

● At a specific time on a daily, weekly, monthly, monthly day-of-week schedule.

● When the computer enters an idle state.

● When the task is registered.

● When the system is booted.

● When a user logs on.

● When a Terminal Server session changes state.

Using Task Scheduler to create a schedule to run backups

Also, the Task Scheduler can be used for automatic backup. If you want to create a schedule to run backups at different times on different days, here you can follow the steps below:

Step1. Click Start->Administrative Tools->Task Scheduler.

Step2.Click Create Task in the Actions pane.

Step3. On the General tab, select the Run with highest privileges check box.

Step4. On the Actions tab, click New , and then do the following:

1>.In the Actions drop-down list, click Start a program.

InProgram/script , type:

2>. InAdd arguments , type:
startbackup [-backupTarget:{ | }] [-include:] [-nonRecurseInclude:] [-exclude:] [-nonRecurseExclude:] [-allCritical] [-systemState] [-noVerify] [-user:] [-password:] [-noInheritAcl] [-vssFull | -vssCopy] [-quiet]


★ You can view help for this command by typingwbadmin start backup /?at a command line.

★ If you want to add more backups, repeat the step4 for each backup.

Using Task Scheduler to create an automatic backup seems a little bit complex, and if you are not familiar with the syntax of command, it is difficult to handle it. What’s more, to configure a scheduled backup, you must be a member of the Administrators group or Backup Operators group, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. Thus, you may want to find a Task Scheduler alternative.

AOMEI Backupper: make schedule backup simpler

Speaking of Windows Task Scheduler alternative, there are many programs like Windows Task Scheduler. But here we will introduce you the best alternative to Windows Task Scheduler-AOMEI Backupper, which can set up an automatic backup in a few simple clicks. It should be the best schedule backup software that can replace Task Scheduler totally.

AOMEI Backupper is the easiest backup service provider, which allows you to set up schedule backup during the backup or after the backup. You can choose to make a full backup, or incremental/differential backup in daily, weekly, monthly, or event triggers (user logon, user logoff, system startup, system shutdown). All operations can be finished by mouse clicks. It is very easy to handle. Here is an example for how to backup system when user logon.

1. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper. Click System Backup under the Backup tab.


2. The program will choose all system files as the source party default, you only need to choose the destination place (here is D:\). Then, you can click Schedule to set up schedule backup.

Choose Schedule

3. In theGeneral tab, you can choose to backup daily, weekly, monthly, event triggers for schedule backup. Here choose Event triggers.

Event Types

4. Then, you can specify an event type to run your backup task when the event you selected occurs. Check the User logon option, click OK.

Select Event Triggers

Tips: the Advanced tab is for setting up Full backup, or incremental/differential backup.

5. Finally, you will back to the system backup window, the schedule check box will be selected, and you should clickStart Backupto execute the task.

Start Backup


Using AOMEI Backupper to set up schedule backup is such a simple thing. Its concise interface is easy to use. It should be the best Windows Task Scheduler alternative. AOMEI Backupper Professional is for Windows PC users including Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP. If you are Windows Server users, the AOMEI Backupper Server is suitable for you.