Disable automatic maintenance?

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  1. Posts : 120
    Windows 10 (duh)
       #11

    rseiler said:
    It's surprising that this hasn't been found yet. Whether it's called idle, automatic (though I'm not speaking of when it happens at a scheduled time), or something else entirely, it can be seen, at least here, when you don't touch the PC for about 4 minutes or longer (and it's not set to go to sleep before that time, of course).

    If you have Task Manager on the tray, you'll see it turn almost completely green, indicating CPU activity, and there's disk activity as well. It's really hard to comprehend that this is a good design, since it does it compulsively.
    Why is this still a mystery to you?
    Scheduled tasks have not changed much since Windows 7 era: WinSAT, Customer Experience Improvement Program, Application Experience, Disk Diagnostics, Offline Files. Only few are new, like the Power Efficiency Diagnostics, File History or Store App updates included in AU. Most of the ugly stuff is now part of the improved (abusive?) telemetry (CEIP).

    But what you might not know, is that the most disrespectful tasks are the .NET Framework maintenance ones. Those have zero respect for battery life or cpu cycles if already running intensive tasks. I have caught them time and time again contesting my late night gaming habits. I don't have solid proof yet, but I suspect some apps are exploiting the critical-marked ones (waketorun,runonbattery) to expedite their installs/compiles/updates.

    I might follow up on this with a list of tasks and their scheduled times in a easy to use format so you can delay/disable the ones you have no need for.
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  2. Posts : 5,181
    Windows 11 Home
       #12

    I have disabled about 50 Windows tasks, but maintenance still runs.
    I have thought, that maybe this one is it, but the maintenance still runs.

    schtasks /Change /TN "Microsoft\Windows\Diagnosis\Scheduled" /Disable

    The Windows Scheduled Maintenance Task performs periodic maintenance of the computer system by fixing problems automatically or reporting them through Security and Maintenance.
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  3. Posts : 298
    Windows 10 Enterprise x64 (Insider)
       #13

    Yeah, that's why it's a mystery to me. Which one specifically is the one that activates every time after ~4 mins of inactivity? The others don't bother me nearly as much, since they seem more intelligently scheduled.

    It may or may not be the same as what was in 8.x, I never looked into it back then.
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  4. Posts : 14
    Windows 7
    Thread Starter
       #14

    I hope Microsoft will add a simple way to disable automatic maintenance, just like what they did in Windows 8.1.
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  5. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 x64
       #15

    Solution for Disable Maintenance Tasks


    UltimateGTR said:
    Since the task Idle Maintenance and Regular Maintenance does not present in Task Scheduler anymore in Windows 10, does anyone know how to disable automatic maintenance?
    I've figured out a way to disable background automatic maintenance tasks which will use high cpu cycles and ssd thrashing, which will reduce laptop/ultrabook battery faster and makes it much hotter and louder when your system is idle. I was looking for some help but nothing is available. I had to do my own testing and found a solution.
    Solution:
    -Go to Task Scheduler and disable the following tasks and sub-tasks
    -File History
    -DiskCleanup
    -Defrag
    -Maintenance
    -Windows Defender
    -Application Data\DsSvcCleanup
    -Chkdsk
    -MemoryDiagnostic
    -MUI
    -Power Efficiency Diagnostic
    I had figured this solution out because I noticed every time my ultrabook is idle for about 2 minutes and the fan kicking in and it was getting extremely hot. I then monitor the system resources to see which tasks was using the most resources during idling. First thing was Defender is the main culprit and another was System which includes other tasks falls under it as well. I disabled them one by one until my system no longer perform automatic maintenance in the background while idling for about 2 minutes or more.

    There you go! Make your laptop/ultrabook happy and increase battery life and laptop life span by disabling these background tasks. Microsoft needs to stop automatic maintenance tasks when your laptop/ultrabook is running on battery power... Can someone contact MS and inform them to update the maintenance tasks to run only when on AC/plugged in power?

    Enjoy,

    Son Pham

    Windows 10 lover
    Last edited by paratrooper05; 18 Oct 2015 at 17:28. Reason: Missing some info
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  6. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 x64
       #16

    AveYo said:
    Why is this still a mystery to you?
    Scheduled tasks have not changed much since Windows 7 era: WinSAT, Customer Experience Improvement Program, Application Experience, Disk Diagnostics, Offline Files. Only few are new, like the Power Efficiency Diagnostics, File History or Store App updates included in AU. Most of the ugly stuff is now part of the improved (abusive?) telemetry (CEIP).

    But what you might not know, is that the most disrespectful tasks are the .NET Framework maintenance ones. Those have zero respect for battery life or cpu cycles if already running intensive tasks. I have caught them time and time again contesting my late night gaming habits. I don't have solid proof yet, but I suspect some apps are exploiting the critical-marked ones (waketorun,runonbattery) to expedite their installs/compiles/updates.

    I might follow up on this with a list of tasks and their scheduled times in a easy to use format so you can delay/disable the ones you have no need for.


    You are getting close. There is more to just that one. Read my reply to this post. I had a solution for this problem.
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  7. Posts : 298
    Windows 10 Enterprise x64 (Insider)
       #17

    It's hard to believe that 10 tasks are involved with the idle problem. You went through the bother of disabling them one by one. Shouldn't you have arrived at a much shorter list?
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  8. Posts : 2
    Windows 10
       #18

    paratrooper05 said:
    I've figured out a way to disable background automatic maintenance tasks which will use high cpu cycles and ssd thrashing, which will reduce laptop/ultrabook battery faster and makes it much hotter and louder when your system is idle. I was looking for some help but nothing is available. I had to do my own testing and found a solution.
    Solution:
    -Go to Task Scheduler and disable the following tasks and sub-tasks
    -File History
    -DiskCleanup
    -Defrag
    -Maintenance
    -Windows Defender
    -Application Data\DsSvcCleanup
    -Chkdsk
    -MemoryDiagnostic
    -MUI
    -Power Efficiency Diagnostic
    I had figured this solution out because I noticed every time my ultrabook is idle for about 2 minutes and the fan kicking in and it was getting extremely hot. I then monitor the system resources to see which tasks was using the most resources during idling. First thing was Defender is the main culprit and another was System which includes other tasks falls under it as well. I disabled them one by one until my system no longer perform automatic maintenance in the background while idling for about 2 minutes or more.

    There you go! Make your laptop/ultrabook happy and increase battery life and laptop life span by disabling these background tasks. Microsoft needs to stop automatic maintenance tasks when your laptop/ultrabook is running on battery power... Can someone contact MS and inform them to update the maintenance tasks to run only when on AC/plugged in power?

    Enjoy,

    Son Pham

    Windows 10 lover
    I disabled these tasks and surely the laptop works better, but the automatic maintenance is still working (I notice the last run from security and maintenance page). Is there a final solution to stop automatic maintenance as for windows 8? Thanks all
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  9. Posts : 1
    Windows 10 Education 64-bit
       #19

    sakuragi89 said:
    I disabled these tasks and surely the laptop works better, but the automatic maintenance is still working (I notice the last run from security and maintenance page). Is there a final solution to stop automatic maintenance as for windows 8? Thanks all
    I'm not 100% sure, but I might have found the task. It is found under:
    Task Scheduler Library > Microsoft > Windows > Diagnosis --> "Scheduled"

    I was trying to disable the individual tasks that automatic maintenance would run by manually starting the maintenance and checking which additional task were run in task scheduler. While I was browsing the folders for each task, I came across the one above, and the last time it ran was a few minutes ago (i.e. when I manually start the maintenance). I went ahead and manually started the maintenance again to see if the "Last Run Time" would change accordingly and it did.

    Also, the description says, "The Windows Scheduled Maintenance Task performs periodic maintenance of the computer system by fixing problems automatically or reporting them through Security and Maintenance."

    Again, I'm not 100% sure, but I'm going to try disabling it and see.

    Let me know if it works for you,
    Rob
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  10. Posts : 2
    Windows 10
       #20

    riccar2 said:
    I'm not 100% sure, but I might have found the task. It is found under:
    Task Scheduler Library > Microsoft > Windows > Diagnosis --> "Scheduled"

    I was trying to disable the individual tasks that automatic maintenance would run by manually starting the maintenance and checking which additional task were run in task scheduler. While I was browsing the folders for each task, I came across the one above, and the last time it ran was a few minutes ago (i.e. when I manually start the maintenance). I went ahead and manually started the maintenance again to see if the "Last Run Time" would change accordingly and it did.

    Also, the description says, "The Windows Scheduled Maintenance Task performs periodic maintenance of the computer system by fixing problems automatically or reporting them through Security and Maintenance."

    Again, I'm not 100% sure, but I'm going to try disabling it and see.

    Let me know if it works for you,
    Rob
    Ok I will try! U would disable all these tasks also for battery life: with windows 8.1 I reached 4.30h, now maximum 2.30h! I'll keep you posted
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