Using Windows 7 Task Scheduler to schedule Slingshot

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There are cases where you may need to start and stop Slingshot on a set schedule.  Some examples are:

  • you have a satellite feed that outputs metadata all the time, but play a mix of local and satellite content on a schedule
  • you have two automation systems that may be outputting metadata simultaneously, though only one is being broadcast at a time

In both of these cases, you'll need two instances of Slingshot, but only one of them should run at any given time.  You can accomplish this automatically using the Task Scheduler in Windows.  

Notes:
  • These instructions cover Windows 7.  The Task Scheduler in other versions of Windows may be somewhat different.
  • Administrator rights are required to create a Task Scheduler event.

 

  1. Open Task Scheduler > Create Task > enter a Name.
  2. Go to Triggers tab > New… to create a start time schedule.
    • Use Stop task if it runs longer than: parameter to establish stop time (you can type a desired time like 3 hours or 15 minutes in the drop down box).
    • Be sure that Enabled box is checked and click OK when done.
  3. Go to Actions tab > New… > Browse… to specify your Slingshot.exe program to start
    • Be sure to enter your Slingshot folder in the Start in (optional): window and OK when done.
  4. Click OK in the main Create Task window to complete the task ( you can skip Conditions and Settings tabs).
  5. Repeat the above steps to create a schedule for the second Slingshot program instance if needed.
  6. Be sure that Auto_Connect at Startup is ON in Slingshot Settings

 

Please be sure that your PC clock is set properly and in sync with Internet Time.
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