It’s essential for you to know what Automatic Maintenance actually does before you disable it. Automatic Maintenance basically runs multiple types of scans to check for security, performance, and update issues and fix them.
This scan is important for optimized Windows experience, but if it causes problems for your PC then you can disable it. Although I will still recommend you to occasionally enable Automatic Maintenance and let it run to get the best experience.
How to disable Automatic Maintenance:
Windows 8 and 10 both don’t allow you to disable Automatic Maintenance, therefore, we have to do some registry hacking. A simple windows registry key is all you need to manage Automatic Maintenance.
Press Windows + R keys and type regedit in the Run dialog to open Windows registry.
Here move to the following directory:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows NT > CurrentVersion > Schedule > Maintenance
Now right-click on Maintenance and go to New > DWORD (32-bit) Value
A new entry will be created in the right panel. Name this entry MaintenanceDisabled same as it is written here.
Next double-click the entry to modify it and enter 1 as its value. This will enable this entry, therefore disable maintenance. A PC restart is required for the changes to take effect.
To re-enable Automatic Maintenance, just modify the same entry again and add 0 as its value.
Tip: As I frequently enable/disable Window Automatic Maintenance, I have added the registry location to my favorites for quick access. If you want to do the same, then click on the Favorites button at the top in the registry and add the location to favorites.