How to Set Windows Media Player to Start Playing Music Automatically at a Certain Time? – Use as Morning Alarm Clock
Did you always get bugged by the alarm that goes off near your bed or from your mobile phone? And you always just keep snoozing it for almost an hour before you get up? How about setting Windows Media Player to start playing some nice warm music in the morning to wake you up? I always prefer to play some music when I get up but now its better as its already playing when I get up!!!
Now you can use your computer as an alarm clock without any third party software!
So how to set WMP to start playing music automatically at certain time?
Click Start and search for Task Scheduler. Click Task Scheduler under Program.
Now click on Create Basic Task on the right sidebar from the Task Scheduler Library.
Give a name and a description as per your own liking. I gave the name as Morning Music. Click Next.
Choose Daily and click Next.
Set the time.
Under Action, choose Start a program and click Next.
Now here are few things you might need to know to help you customize better.
Play only one song – Just browse the song and leave the rest blank.
Play a playlist – Browse wmplayer.exe, usually it resides in ‘C:\program Files\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe’. Under arguments type ‘/Playlist playlistname’ (playlistname should be the actual name of the playlist that you want to play.
Play from DVD – Program is same as above. under arguments type ‘/device:DVD’
Play from Audio CD – Program is same as above. Under arguments type ‘/device:audio CD’
Make sure you check Open the Properties dialog for this task when I click Finish as we need to change some properties. Click Finish.
Now you will get the properties. Here you can view and change any of the settings.
Go to the Conditions tab and change the settings in the Power section like you prefer. You can set it to run only if the computer in on AC power. But make sure you check Wake the computer to run this task as probably you will computer will go to sleep mode when you go to sleep!
Now the Windows Media Player will start at the specified time every day and play the songs from the playlist.
Note: The computer will not start the Windows Media Player if the computer is not switched on and it needs to be logged in.
How to delete this Scheduled Task?
Open the Task Scheduler and click on the Task Scheduler Library on the left sidebar. You will see the list of scheduled tasks. Choose the task and click on Delete from the right sidebar.