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Alarm Clocks for Windows 8

Postposted on Mon Feb 10, 2014 12:00 pm

Hey guys. I have a Windows 8 Desktop in my bedroom that I wanted to use as an alarm in the morning.

So questions being, is there any alarms that wake from sleep?

Are their any alarms that will use a playlist?

If you have any solutions that work with a android 4.4 phone or ipad 2 and work with a playlist please include them as well. Note I don't use itunes only media player and google play.
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Re: Alarm Clocks for Windows 8

Postposted on Mon Feb 10, 2014 12:20 pm

Don't know about playlist, but there is an alarm app on Android that needs you to solve math problems and stuff before it can shut up I believe.
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Re: Alarm Clocks for Windows 8

Postposted on Mon Feb 10, 2014 12:49 pm

Run VLC or your favorite media player as Scheduled Task.
Pass the playlist file as a parameter.
Tick the "Wake the computer to run this task" checkbox. (under the "Conditions" tab)

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Re: Alarm Clocks for Windows 8

Postposted on Mon Feb 10, 2014 12:52 pm

jihadjoe wrote:VLC or favorite media player on a Scheduled Task. Pass the playlist file as a parameter.

Not sure if that works if the computer has been put to sleep due to power options.
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Re: Alarm Clocks for Windows 8

Postposted on Mon Feb 10, 2014 12:53 pm

Err edited.
There's an option to wake the computer to do the task.
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Re: Alarm Clocks for Windows 8

Postposted on Mon Feb 10, 2014 12:57 pm

jihadjoe wrote:Err edited.
There's an option to wake the computer to do the task.

Just found that option myself. That should do it. I have confirmed the same UI with my Windows 8.1 system.
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Re: Alarm Clocks for Windows 8

Postposted on Mon Feb 10, 2014 2:03 pm

jihadjoe wrote:Run VLC or your favorite media player as Scheduled Task.
Pass the playlist file as a parameter.
Tick the "Wake the computer to run this task" checkbox. (under the "Conditions" tab)

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I'm both excited and annoyed by this. I'm frustrated that after over a decade there isn't a simpler alarm function in windows at all(but my dinky little phone has a relatively solid alarm feature-set for what it is).

I'm excited to set this up though. Thanks!!!
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Re: Alarm Clocks for Windows 8

Postposted on Mon Feb 10, 2014 3:01 pm

Your BIOS may have an option to power on according to a schedule as well. If there's a power outage during the night and your computer powers off, the scheduled task won't be able to power it back on. If your BIOS has the option, it might save you at some point.
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Re: Alarm Clocks for Windows 8

Postposted on Mon Feb 10, 2014 6:58 pm

I know my Windows Phone 8 has a very nice alarm app that I use every morning. I would check to see if the Windows App Store offers it for the desktop as well.
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Re: Alarm Clocks for Windows 8

Postposted on Mon Feb 10, 2014 8:15 pm

jihadjoe wrote:Run VLC or your favorite media player as Scheduled Task.
Pass the playlist file as a parameter.
Tick the "Wake the computer to run this task" checkbox. (under the "Conditions" tab)


Wow, it is possible! Great suggestion. But it feels like such overkill. To the OP, I would google an app for this. I don't know of any off hand, however. Try some and tell us what works.
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Re: Alarm Clocks for Windows 8

Postposted on Mon Feb 10, 2014 10:56 pm

pcunite wrote:
jihadjoe wrote:Run VLC or your favorite media player as Scheduled Task.
Pass the playlist file as a parameter.
Tick the "Wake the computer to run this task" checkbox. (under the "Conditions" tab)


Wow, it is possible! Great suggestion. But it feels like such overkill. To the OP, I would google an app for this. I don't know of any off hand, however. Try some and tell us what works.


All the alarm clock apps I've found that are free are single song only
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Re: Alarm Clocks for Windows 8

Postposted on Mon Feb 10, 2014 11:08 pm

I think I have it setup, if it fails tomorrow I'll ask politely for a referral to a how to guide.

Thanks guys!
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Re: Alarm Clocks for Windows 8

Postposted on Tue Feb 11, 2014 7:26 am

Doesn't work. I realize there is a test button that lets you "run" the task. it doesn't do anything.
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Re: Alarm Clocks for Windows 8

Postposted on Tue Feb 11, 2014 7:45 am

I can't get the darn playlist to work. When the program launches it just opens and doesn't do anything. I watched and followed a few tutorials and they didn't work. My music is all on a E drive is that the reason? Using file locations as augments for that drive provides a file error when media player opens
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Re: Alarm Clocks for Windows 8

Postposted on Tue Feb 11, 2014 10:09 am

Tried passing it a playlist where everything is on your main drive?
Maybe you're running into one of those numerous wakeup from sleep issues.
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Re: Alarm Clocks for Windows 8

Postposted on Tue Feb 11, 2014 10:15 am

jihadjoe wrote:Tried passing it a playlist where everything is on your main drive?
Maybe you're running into one of those numerous wakeup from sleep issues.


No, when i test the execute on the task by hitting play it runs media player but media player says it can't use the playlist.
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Re: Alarm Clocks for Windows 8

Postposted on Tue Feb 11, 2014 11:41 am

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/dd562624(v=vs.85).aspx

Looks like "/Playlist PlaylistName" is the one you need? Also, try other players.

Just to be sure, you can try using full path names in the playlist as well?
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Re: Alarm Clocks for Windows 8

Postposted on Tue Feb 11, 2014 1:12 pm

For Android Phone:

- Use the stock google CLOCK app
- Create folder called "alarms" in the main directory for SD card
- Copy / paste an MP3 there
- Select said MP3 from alarm list in the clock app

Not a playlist per se, but a song.

You can create a "playlist" by making one long MP3 containing several songs using a free program like Audacity.
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Re: Alarm Clocks for Windows 8

Postposted on Tue Feb 11, 2014 3:30 pm

Prestige Worldwide wrote:For Android Phone:

- Use the stock google CLOCK app
- Create folder called "alarms" in the main directory for SD card
- Copy / paste an MP3 there
- Select said MP3 from alarm list in the clock app

Not a playlist per se, but a song.

You can create a "playlist" by making one long MP3 containing several songs using a free program like Audacity.


Already do this, but want to put on entire albums since I keep sleeping through my alarms(And repeating them does make me go insane)
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Re: Alarm Clocks for Windows 8

Postposted on Tue Feb 11, 2014 3:30 pm

Flying Fox wrote:http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/dd562624(v=vs.85).aspx

Looks like "/Playlist PlaylistName" is the one you need? Also, try other players.

Just to be sure, you can try using full path names in the playlist as well?



Extremely helpful thanks.
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Re: Alarm Clocks for Windows 8

Postposted on Tue Feb 11, 2014 7:21 pm

Gosh darn it. there is no space in the command was fiddling with this forever.

My add argument is /PLAYLISTALARMCLOCK

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Re: Alarm Clocks for Windows 8

Postposted on Tue Feb 11, 2014 7:24 pm

Wow!!! Such a powerful and completely confusing GUI interface. I hope that gets worked over for the 9.0 launch. The feature set is powerful but it was layed out by someone with little understanding of the english language and or common sense.

Looks like they haven't worked on that the task scheduler since 98 in terms of overall design sensibility.
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Re: Alarm Clocks for Windows 8

Postposted on Wed Feb 12, 2014 12:07 pm

Didn't work. I need to spend more time with it tonight. The computer came out of sleep but didn't launch media player.
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Re: Alarm Clocks for Windows 8

Postposted on Tue Feb 18, 2014 12:36 pm

I can't get this to work at all, I give up.

Any non task scheduler solutions? That thing is so cryptic and difficult!
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Re: Alarm Clocks for Windows 8

Postposted on Tue Feb 18, 2014 6:19 pm

0. Relax, and don't forget to breathe.
1. Did the command line work at all when you try it in Command Prompt?
2. How did you set the Scheduled task up? screenshots would be nice.

You did mention that a single looping song will drive you crazy. Now that I think of it, isn't having an alarm clock supposed to be that way? If you are so comfortable you won't want to get up... :P
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Re: Alarm Clocks for Windows 8

Postposted on Wed Feb 19, 2014 9:59 am

Flying Fox wrote:0. Relax, and don't forget to breathe.
1. Did the command line work at all when you try it in Command Prompt?
2. How did you set the Scheduled task up? screenshots would be nice.

You did mention that a single looping song will drive you crazy. Now that I think of it, isn't having an alarm clock supposed to be that way? If you are so comfortable you won't want to get up... :P


So me getting angry when I wake up doesn't work, I simply just turn it off. I'll get up walk across the room and turn off the alarm and go back to bed. What I want the playlist for is to put on audio books and stuff, things that stimulate me positively so I will listen and wake. I used to do this with CD's and got away from it. I don't have a CD playing alarm clock or a collection of CD audios anymore so I'd like to do this with my computer.

I don't set this as my, "you've got 30 mins to GTFO alarm" I try to be up 2.5 hrs before departure, hit the gym, read, make a pre-workout shake, make breakfast after etc... I've slipped into the auto turner offer of alarm clocks and was hoping to re mentally stimulate myself in the morning. This way even if I sleep in a bit I get good info etc.

I'll work on this more tonight or tomorrow, busy week nights and this a heck of a chore, don't have 30 mins to throw at trouble shooting this.
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Re: Alarm Clocks for Windows 8

Postposted on Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:12 am

Many many years ago I did something like this, except the playlist consisted entirely of bubblegum pop songs that I knew would be totally embarassing for me if anyone else in the house were to hear them blasting out of my room.

I actually woke up BEFORE the alarm went off to make sure it doesn't start.


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Have you tried running your media player + playlist from the command line? If it works from there, it should work with the task. Also, if you have a proper file association for playlists you might get away with having the playlist itself as the scheduled task.
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Re: Alarm Clocks for Windows 8

Postposted on Thu Feb 20, 2014 12:17 am

When I hit run it runs, I'll update if it actually stirs from sleep tomorrow morning. Fingers crossed!
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Re: Alarm Clocks for Windows 8

Postposted on Thu Feb 20, 2014 4:22 am

kamikaziechameleon wrote:Hey guys. I have a Windows 8 Desktop in my bedroom that I wanted to use as an alarm in the morning.

So questions being, is there any alarms that wake from sleep?

Are their any alarms that will use a playlist?

If you have any solutions that work with a android 4.4 phone or ipad 2 and work with a playlist please include them as well. Note I don't use itunes only media player and google play.


You have to go in windows store and download alarm application to use desktop as alarm clock.
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Re: Alarm Clocks for Windows 8

Postposted on Thu Feb 20, 2014 8:15 am

Screens flickered on but no music turned on this morning....

I have one more setting to try.
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