How to Windows 10/8 Enable & Disable Automatic Maintenance Schedule

Automatic Maintenance in Windows 10/8 will run daily and will combine all the background maintenance activity, like updating of Windows software, apps, attending to Action Center messages, running background maintenance tasks, etc, without negatively impacting performance and energy efficiency. It will allow the user to be to be in control of maintenance activity scheduling and configuration too. But responsiveness of the operating system to users may be reduced when maintenance activity runs while users are actively using the computer.

The process is named MSchedExe.exe, and it is located in the System32 folder. To access Automatic Maintenance in Windows 8, open Control Panel and navigate to Action Center. Here under Maintenance, click on the small arrow on the right side. This will expose Automatic Maintenance. If you find that this is not being monitored, you may click on Turn on messages about Automatic maintenance.

How to Windows 10/8 Automatic Maintenance Schedule:

To control this feature, head to Control Panel > System and Security > Security and Maintenance. You can also open the Start menu, search for “Maintenance”, and click the “Security and Maintenance” shortcut to go directly to this screen.

Expand the “Maintenance” section and you’ll see an Automatic Maintenance option here.

You’ll see the last date and time maintenance occurred. If you want to run maintenance operations immediately, click “Start maintenance”. You can click “Stop Maintenance” to stop the maintenance operations if they’re running.

To schedule the time when maintenance should occur and choose whether this option wakes up your PC, click “Change maintenance settings”.

To control when maintenance tasks occur, click the “Run maintenance tasks daily at” box and choose a time. You can choose any time on the hour from 12:00 AM to 11:00 PM.

If you want to prevent Windows from automatically waking up your PC to perform these tasks, uncheck the “Allow scheduled maintenance to wake up my computer at the scheduled time” box.

We don’t really recommend disabling this feature. Windows will put the PC back to sleep when it’s done, and this will ensure these tasks never slow down your PC while you’re using it—but it’s your choice.

Click “OK” when you’re done to save your changes.

There’s no way to actually stop these automatic maintenance tasks. They’re important to keep your PC running smoothly.

How to Disable Automatic Maintenance in Windows 10/8:

To disable Automatic Maintenance, you will have to open Task Scheduler  > Task Scheduler Library > Microsoft > Windows > TaskScheduler.

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Here right-click on Idle Maintenance, Maintenance Configurator and Regular Maintenance and select Disable.

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