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    Enable or Disable Automatic Maintenance Wake Up Computer in Windows 10

    Enable or Disable Automatic Maintenance Wake Up Computer in Windows 10

    How to Enable or Disable Automatic Maintenance to Wake Up Computer in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Performance & Maintenance
    30 Jun 2020
    Designer Media Ltd



    How to Enable or Disable Automatic Maintenance to Wake Up Computer in Windows 10


    Automatic Maintenance is when Windows automatically runs maintenance on a daily schedule when you're not using your computer.

    This includes tasks such as software updates, Windows Updates, security scanning, and system diagnostics. This maintenance will run daily if you aren't using your computer at the time you've chosen. If your computer is in use at the scheduled time or maintenance is behind schedule, Automatic Maintenance will run the next time the computer is not being used.

    The goal of Automatic Maintenance is to combine all background maintenance activity in Windows and help third-party developers add their maintenance activity to Windows without negatively impacting performance and energy efficiency. Additionally, Automatic Maintenance enables users as well as enterprises to be in control of maintenance activity scheduling and configuration.

    The Automatic Maintenance wakeup policy specifies if Automatic Maintenance should make a wake request to the OS for the daily scheduled maintenance.

    This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Automatic Maintenance to be able to wake up the computer for the daily scheduled maintenance in Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable the Automatic Maintenance wakeup policy.



    Contents

    • Option One: Enable or Disable Automatic Maintenance to Wake Up Computer in Local Group Policy Editor
    • Option Two: Enable or Disable Automatic Maintenance to Wake Up Computer using a REG file



    EXAMPLE: Automatic Maintenance "Allow scheduled maintenance to wake up my computer at the scheduled time"
    Enable or Disable Automatic Maintenance Wake Up Computer in Windows 10-automatic_maintenance_wakeup_policy-enabled.jpg
    Enable or Disable Automatic Maintenance Wake Up Computer in Windows 10-automatic_maintenance_wakeup_policy-disabled.jpg
    Enable or Disable Automatic Maintenance Wake Up Computer in Windows 10-automatic_maintenance_wakeup_policy-not_configured.jpg






    OPTION ONE

    Enable or Disable Automatic Maintenance to Wake Up Computer in Local Group Policy Editor


    The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

    All editions can use Option Two.


    1 Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

    2 Navigate to the key below in the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor. (see screenshot below)

    Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Maintenance Scheduler

    Enable or Disable Automatic Maintenance Wake Up Computer in Windows 10-automatic_maintenance_wakeup_policy-1.jpg

    3 In the right pane of Maintenance Scheduler in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Automatic Maintenance WakeUp Policy policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

    4 Do step 5 (enable), step 6 (disable), or step 7 (default) below for what you would like to do.


    5 To Enable Automatic Maintenance to Wake Up Computer

    A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)


    6 To Disable Automatic Maintenance to Wake Up Computer

    A) Select (dot) Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)


    7 Default Not Configured Automatic Maintenance to WakeUp Policy

    A) Select (dot) Not Configured, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)

    Enable or Disable Automatic Maintenance Wake Up Computer in Windows 10-automatic_maintenance_wakeup_policy-2.png


    8 You can now close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.






    OPTION TWO

    Enable or Disable Automatic Maintenance to Wake Up Computer using a REG file


    The downloadable .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Task Scheduler\Maintenance

    WakeUp DWORD

    (delete) = Default
    0 = Disable
    1 = Enable


    1 Do step 2 (enable), step 3 (disable), or step 4 (default) below for what you would like to do.


    2 To Enable Automatic Maintenance to Wake Up Computer

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Enable_Automatic_Maintenance_Wakeup_Policy.reg

    Download


    3 To Disable Automatic Maintenance to Wake Up Computer

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Disable_Automatic_Maintenance_Wakeup_Policy.reg

    Download


    4 Default Not Configured Automatic Maintenance to WakeUp Policy

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Default_Not_Configured_Automatic_Maintenance_Wakeup_Policy.reg

    Download


    5 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    6 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    7 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    8 You could now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn






  1. Posts : 4,976
    Windows 10 Pro x64, Various Linux Builds, Networking, Storage, Cybersecurity Specialty.
       #1

    NIce.

    This just came in very handy - much appreciated!

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  2. Posts : 64,502
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #2

    I was reading your mind.
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  3. Posts : 211
    Windows10 21H2 x64 Home, Single language, build 19044.1706
       #3

    My version: Windows10-1909 build 18363.900, Home, x64 Single language does not have that key but I have:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WINEVT\Channels\Microsoft-Windows-TaskScheduler/Maintenance (enabled-1)
    and
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\PolicyManager\default\Update\AutomaticMaintenanceWakeUp (Value 0-disable)
    and
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tree\Microsoft\Windows\TaskScheduler\Maintenance Configurator
    and 3 additional tasks all with an Index of 0 (Boot?)

    It doesn't look like my Automatic Maintenance is working as it is set for 7:00 am but nothing is happening around that time with my laptop idle for 2 hours. Maintenance (chkdsk, WD, etc.) is done randomly, chkdsk at each boot.
    Last edited by FrankW; 30 Jun 2020 at 22:53.
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  4. Posts : 64,502
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #4

    FrankW said:
    My version: Windows10-1909 build 18363.900, Home, x64 Single language does not have that key but I have:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WINEVT\Channels\Microsoft-Windows-TaskScheduler/Maintenance (enabled-1)
    and
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tree\Microsoft\Windows\TaskScheduler\Maintenance Configurator
    and 3 additional tasks all with an Index of 0 (Boot?)

    It does not look that my Automatic Maintenance is working as it is set for 7:00 am but nothing is happening around that time with my laptop idle for 2 hours. Maintenance (chkdsk, WD, etc.) is done randomly, chkdsk at each boot.
    Hello Frank,

    This is normal. The registry key in the tutorial is not there by default unless the group policy is configured.
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  5. Posts : 211
    Windows10 21H2 x64 Home, Single language, build 19044.1706
       #5

    Thanks Shawn, that's what I thought, many of us with W10 Home don't have GPO.
    WD scans now daily on schedule (randomly) and after I clicked on start Automatic Maintenance in Control Panel I finally got a message in Action Center that my last scan was OK.
    Enable or Disable Automatic Maintenance Wake Up Computer in Windows 10-ok.png

    Frank
    Last edited by FrankW; 30 Jun 2020 at 21:57.
      My Computer


  6. Posts : 64,502
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Great news Frank.
      My Computers


 

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