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I'm using a simple script to shutdown Outlook for remote backup purposes. I start it using Windows Scheduled tasks.


WinActivate("Microsoft Outlook")

WinWaitActive("Microsoft Outlook")


Sleep ( 50 )


It works perfectly except when the computer is locked by the user. Which happen every night. The script itself is started by windows (I can see the AutoIt icon near the clock when I unlock) but nothing happens.

I've read that most scripts won't work when the computer is locked. Is there any way around this issue in my case?

Edited by ROcHE

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The SledgeHammer approach would work (force the system to reboot)

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This works fine for me when the computer is locked.

Opt("WinTitleMatchMode", 2)

If WinExists("Microsoft Outlook") Then WinClose("Microsoft Outlook")

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Using the beta you can also do this with COM (it is language independant and also opens the door for other processing prior to shutdown if you want to get fancy). More info available at MSDN.

If ProcessExists("OUTLOOK.EXE") Then 
    $oOutlook = ObjCreate("Outlook.Application")
; Outlook exits...
; Outlook not running


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SciTe Debug mode - it's magic: #AutoIt3Wrapper_run_debug_mode=Y Doesn't work needs to be ripped out of the troubleshooting lexicon. It means that what you tried did not produce the results you expected. It begs the questions 1) what did you try?, 2) what did you expect? and 3) what happened instead?

Reproducer: a small (the smallest?) piece of stand-alone code that demonstrates your trouble

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Will try that. Thanks!

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