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Win95 FAQ Part 13 of 14: MS Plus etc.
Section - 13.2. How do I use System Agent?

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   System Agent is a little scheduler that runs programs at certain
   times. It's quite handy because it already schedules disk maintenance
   processes, so all you have to do is keep your computer turned on and
   it keeps itself clean.
   
   To install System Agent, install MS Plus. A little icon shows up in
   the SysTray; the place with the date and time in it on the Taskbar.
   Double-click it to bring up the System Agent manager. You will see
   four programs already scheduled (five, if you installed DriveSpace 3)
   which will scan your hard drives, de-fragment them, check for low disk
   space, and re-compress any DriveSpace 3 drives you have.
   
   You can bring up properties for these programs, and change their
   settings and their scheduled run times. System Agent-Aware programs
   will offer special "Scheduled settings" requesters if you change their
   settings from here.
   
   NOTE: The ScanDisk entries don't automatically fix errors, and they
   will display prompts on the screen when they do find errors. Be sure
   to change each scheduled program's settings so they automatically fix
   errors.
   
   You can also add new programs to this list. Hit Program/Schedule new
   program. Hit Browse to search for the program you want to run, or type
   its command line in the box. NOTE: Programs with long filenames or
   directory names belong in quotes, like "C:\Program
   Files\Plus!\RunMe.EXE" /parameter1 for example. Bring up properties
   for the included programs for examples.
   
   Any clickable object in Explorer can run from System Agent, including
   DOS .PIF files and even documents. I specify "PIF" because it's better
   to specify a DOS program's settings and use the PIF as the object to
   run. Win 3.1 and Win95 programs and documents will have their icons
   appear in this window.

     * 13.2.1. But Norton Anti-Virus (TM)/F-Prot Anti-Virus (TM)/Colorado
       Backup (TM) already installed a scheduler! 
       
   So? You paid for System Agent when you bought MS Plus. Use it. I get a
   real kick out of people who run three different schedulers and then
   complain that their system swaps to the hard drive so often. They're a
   waste of memory.

     * 13.2.2. How can I use System Agent instead of those other
       schedulers? 
       
   First you will need to remove the other schedulers. The three I
   mentioned all insert an icon in the Startup group in your Start Menu.
   They're easy enough to remove; here's how to remove Start Menu
   items.
   
   Second, read up on the programs you want to schedule. The three I
   mentioned all have instructions for running them from a command line.
   For example, Norton Anti-Virus will scan all local hard drives by
   running:

NAVW32.EXE /L

   The /L means "local". Be sure to test this command line from a DOS
   session; Win95 DOS sessions can run Windows programs, and the START
   command in a DOS session can launch documents.
   
   Third, Hit the Program menu in System Agent Manager and select
   "Schedule new program". In the "Program to run" box, type in the
   command line that makes your program run (like the NAVW32 /L example
   above). Tell the program to run minimized if you wish.
   
   Last, select "When to run..." and pick a time for this program to run.
   Be careful not to overlap programs; you don't want an Anti-Virus scan
   to happen while running ScanDisk, for example. The System Agent
   Manager shows the last started and stopped times of all scheduled
   programs, so use this as a guide for adding new programs and
   preventing overlap.
   
   For another example, Win95's built in Backup lets you launch the
   backup set rather than the program. Just open the Full System Backup
   from Backup, which enables Registry back-up, then select the files or
   drives you want to back up. Pick your target (usually your tape
   drive), pick your options, and save the backup set with a unique name.
   Finally, schedule this backup set to run (by including the .FST
   itself; not the program, and don't include a START command; there's no
   need) in System Agent. Colorado Backup works much the same way. Other
   back-up programs will have different commands to use; experiment from
   a DOS prompt to get the commands right.

     * 13.2.3 Why should I use System Agent instead of those other
       schedulers? 
       
   Is this a rhetorical question? You paid for it when you bought MS
   Plus.

     * 13.2.4. Top ten reasons why System Agent is cool to use 
       
   10. It takes practically no memory
   
   9. It can stop scheduled programs if you start using your computer
   
   8. It can run stuff on start up if you don't like Startup groups
   (Great for User Profile users)
   
   7. It's always running (except in Safe Mode)
   
   6. It's easy to schedule programs to run
   
   5. It keeps your hard drives clean by running ScanDisk for you
   
   4. It knows when you're on batteries (notebooks) and won't run big
   programs if you're on batteries
   
   3. It can wake you up in the morning (heh heh... just schedule a .WAV
   file to play every day at 6:00 AM)
   
   2. You don't need a Pentium to use it (heh heh)
   
   1. It comes with all the other cool stuff in MS Plus
   

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