Z-Cron - Windows Task Scheduler Alternative


Z-Cron is a Scheduler - Task Planner that enables you to carry out tasks on your PC automatically and time-controlled.

Z-Cron is a central control centre for scheduling and automation of software. Beside the launching of applications at defined points in time, Z-Cron also provides numerous tools which help to make the automatic and scheduled system administration much easier.

With Z-Cron scheduler you can start and/or quit programs (*.exe, *.com, *.bat) under Windows 98/2000/2003/XP/NT(SP6) time-triggered similar to the Unix Cron. A scheduler is one of the most powerful services on a computer system. You can use it to launch all kinds of programs at defined times automatically, for example file backup jobs with Z-DBackup during the night and no user has to be logged on for that.

Z-Cron can be loaded and started using the startup function. Status information can be sent using Microsoft messenger service or e-mail (per SMTP).

If you are using Windows NT 4.0, 2000, XP or Server 2003, Z-Cron scheduler can also be installed as a system service.

The program does not only start other applications but can also show popup windows with reminder text messages on the screen or shut down the system at a certain time. The embedded commands can be used easily by writing the command name into the input field in the job's setup window.


The RunAs function allows the scheduled launching of programs with other rights than the current logon rights.

The DYNIPMAIL function monitors your computer's public IP-Address and sends an e-mail if it changes. This allows an uncomplicated administration using the Windows remote console.

All in all Z-Cron is an outstanding tool which is also advantageous to users of the Windows XP "Scheduled tasks". The numerous embedded commands fulfil nearly every need; and if not: By creating a batch file you can replace the missing command in most cases. Batch files are easy to adjust to your needs and very easy to integrate into Z-Cron.