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    Automatic Maintenance - Change Settings in Windows 10

    Automatic Maintenance - Change Settings in Windows 10

    How to Change Automatic Maintenance Settings in Windows 10
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    How to Change Automatic Maintenance Settings in Windows 10

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    Windows automatically runs scheduled 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.

    For more information about "Automatic Maintenance", see: Automatic Maintenance (Windows)


    This tutorial will show you how to change the Automatic Maintenance settings for what time to run the daily maintenance tasks, and if to allow the scheduled maintenance to wake the computer to run at the scheduled time in Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.




    Here's How:

    1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), click/tap on the Security and Maintenance icon.

    2. In Security and Maintenance, expand Maintenance, and click/tap on the Change maintenance settings link under Automatic Maintenance. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Select the time that you would like to have Automatic Maintenance run daily at, then allow (check) or not allow (uncheck) Allow scheduled maintenance to wake up my computer at the scheduled time. When finished, click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

    NOTE: By default, Automatic Maintenance is set to wake up your computer and run maintenance tasks at 2 AM.

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    4. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on OK.

    5. When finished, you can close Security and Maintenance if you like.




    That's it,
    Shawn




  1. Joined : Oct 2014
    Hartselle
    Posts : 234
    Windows 10 Pro 14393.693
       2014-11-28 #1

    I realize that Automatic Maintenance is important and these settings allow one to generally change the time Automatic Maintenance is suppose to run. In my experience Automatic Maintenance rarely runs at the time set. It is randomized and many times runs when I am using my computer to do something else.

    The four tasks found in Windows 8.1 TaskScheduler (Idle Maintenance, Maintenance Configurator, Manual Maintenance, and Regular Maintenance) are no longer present in Windows 10 Technical Preview. Using your tutorial from the Eight Forums I could better control when Automatic Maintenance would actually run. I suspect in Windows 10 that a new task named Maintenance Activator now controls Automatic Maintenance. I found this task by running the command powercfg /waketimers and the response was:
    Timer set by [SERVICE] \Device\HarddiskVolume2\Windows\System32\svchost.exe (SystemEventsBroker) expires at 5:52:14 AM on 10/20/2014.
    Reason: Windows will execute 'Maintenance Activator' scheduled task that requested waking the computer.

    I have looked for the Maintenance Activator task by running schtasks /query and by looking in the Task Scheduler under the Active Tasks list, and I cannot find it.

    For some reason Microsoft has chosen to really hide this new task. Does anyone now how to unhide the Maintenance Activator task?
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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    Nothern Ohio
    Posts : 446
    Windows 7/64 Professional
       2014-11-28 #2

    Thanks Shawn for the tutorial.
    I do like to make those kinds of choices of what happens and when.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  3. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10
       2015-07-23 #3

    Hello!
    Any updates on how to permanently disable automatic maintenance on windows 10?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  4. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,449
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2015-07-23 #4

    Hello Stilatore, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    If you like, you could uncheck Allow scheduled maintenance to wake up my computer at the scheduled time for now, but nothing new for how to do so in Windows 10 like below in Windows 8 yet.

    Automatic Maintenance - Enable or Disable in Windows 8
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  5. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10
       2015-07-23 #5

    Thank you!
    Yes, i knew about that but i was looking for disabling it permanently like in windows 8.
    Thank you again for your quick reply
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  6. Joined : Jun 2015
    N.Y.
    Posts : 3,005
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       2015-08-31 #6

    Little confused by this, for one why is it showing white flag for Windows 10 and if click Action center in notification area in Windows 10 you do not get to Security and Maintenance, only through Control Panel.
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  7. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,449
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2015-08-31 #7

    jds63 said: View Post
    Little confused by this, for one why is it showing white flag for Windows 10 and if click Action center in notification area in Windows 10 you do not get to Security and Maintenance, only through Control Panel.
    Hey mate,

    In Windows 10, this is now called "Security and Maintenance" instead of "Action Center" like in previous Windows.

    All system icons are white, so the white flag is the same one for "Security and Maintenance", but just white.

    System Icons - Turn On or Off in Windows 10

    This is of course because Windows 10 has a new "Action Center" for notifications and quick actions. You'll notice it has a different system icon than the white flag.

    Action Center - Use in Windows 10
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  8. Joined : Jun 2015
    N.Y.
    Posts : 3,005
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       2015-08-31 #8

    Tutorial made it seem like i had a white flag and was an option to get me to Security and maintenance in windows 10. All i know is control panel is only way. What i meant is what is shown in the tutorial as being a white flag on taskbar for a Windows 10 tutorial had me confused.

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    I know other tutorials, thanks
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  9. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,449
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2015-08-31 #9

    Yeah, usually you won't see the white flag icon for "Security and Maintenance" anymore unless you have a notification message from it. I just added it as one of the possible available options for how to open "Security and Maintenance".
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