Microsoft DOS at command

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

About at

Enables users to schedule tasks to be performed at a specified time and date.


The at command is an external command that is available in the below Microsoft operating systems as the at.exe file.

Windows NT
Windows 2000
Windows XP

With Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and newer versions of Windows the at command is deprecated, use the schtasks command instead.

At syntax

The AT command schedules commands and programs to run on a computer at a specified time and date. The Schedule service must be running to use the AT command.

AT [\\computername] [ [id] [/DELETE] | /DELETE [/YES]]
AT [\\computername] time [/INTERACTIVE] [ /EVERY:date[,...] | /NEXT:date[,...]] "command"

\\computername Specifies a remote computer. Commands are scheduled on the
local computer if this parameter is omitted.
id Is an identification number assigned to a scheduled command.
/delete Cancels a scheduled command. If id is omitted, all the scheduled commands on the computer are canceled.
/yes Used with cancel all jobs command when no further confirmation is desired.
time Specifies the time when command is to run.
/interactive Allows the job to interact with the desktop of the user who is logged on at the time the job runs.
/every:date[,...] Runs the command on each specified day(s) of the week or month. If date is omitted, the current day of the month is assumed.
/next:date[,...] Runs the specified command on the next occurrence of the day (for example, next Thursday). If date is omitted, the current day of the month is assumed.
"command" Is the Windows NT command, or batch program to be run.

At examples

at 6:50PM "c:\winnt\task.bat"

Performing this command would run the task.bat file at 6:50PM today unless the task is scheduled after the time specified. Because the /interactive switch is not in the command, this batch file will be executed in the background.

at 6:50PM /interactive c:\winnt\beep.bat

Runs the beep.bat batch file at 6:50PM with the ability for the user to interact with the batch file.

at 1 /delete

Deletes the at ID 1.

at /delete /yes

Delete all AT IDs.


Typing at alone displays each of the scheduled tasks, their status, id, scheduled time, and command.

at 1

Typing at followed by an ID number displays additional information about the task id as shown below.

Task ID: 5 Status: OK Schedule: Today, Time of day: 6:55 PM Interactive: No Command: c:\winnt\task.bat

Additional information

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