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  1. ICIT2LOL's Avatar
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       #20

    Yep seems so although I got into it via the start box just typing in Security and Maintenance in fact it flagged it before I had hardly finished typing Security??
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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       #21

    ICIT2LOL said:
    Hello Shawn mate Security and Maintenance is not in my Control Panel for any of the three installs I am trying to adjust -I can get it typing that in the start box is there any reason I don't have it in the CP??
    TairikuOkami said:
    Good notice, it seems, that Windows Defender Security (Health) Center is taking over maintenance since CU.

    Odd. I still have Security and Maintenance in my Control Panel (icons view) for build 15063.14.

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  3. ICIT2LOL's Avatar
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       #22

    Shawn sorry mate I was just checking over the machine and took a look at Maintenance and I should have asked earlier in the window it mentions File History is turned off just what does mean?

    For example is it my private files or just system files and what do advise to do with that setting on or off??
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  4. Brink's Avatar
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       #23

    Hey John, :)

    File History is a backup feature for your files. It's turned off by default in Windows 10.

    It's up to you if you wanted to use File History or not, but will eventually be replaced by a new "Timeline" feature.

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  5. ICIT2LOL's Avatar
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       #24

    Ok Shawn I think I will keep it as default until that new feature is fixed - otherwise both machines are really working well :-D
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  6. Brink's Avatar
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       #25

    I'm glad to hear they are running well for you now John.
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       #26

    I've had some trouble getting Automatic Maintenance to actually wake the computer on a schedule in Windows 10. Changes to the Automatic Maintenance mechanism have made the description in the Control Panel misleading, and most search results about the issue are people trying to prevent Automatic Maintenance from waking the computer. So to that end, here is some information I've put together.

    To support Automatic Maintenance, Windows 8 introduced new task settings and a new kind of task: the Automatic Maintenance Task. Unlike other tasks, these tasks do not use triggers. Instead, they define a frequency at which they should run and a frequency at which they must run. When Automatic Maintenance rolls around, the Task Scheduler uses this information to decide which of these tasks get to run during the maintenance period.

    Presumably, the new Maintenance Activator task is built into the Task Scheduler and represents the set of all automatic maintenance tasks. It's scheduled to run daily at whatever time you set in the Control Panel (plus a randomized delay, up to four hours by default, and configurable in Group Policy).

    In Windows 10, the Maintenance Activator task sets a wake timer only if there are one or more individual maintenance tasks that are set to wake the computer, and you checked the box to allow Automatic Maintenance to wake the computer in the Control Panel. This behavior differs from Windows 8, where the Regular Maintenance task would always wake the computer at the scheduled time if you checked the box in the Control Panel.

    For reference, you can use this PowerShell pipeline to list all automatic maintenance tasks:
    Code:
    Get-ScheduledTask | ? {$_.Settings.MaintenanceSettings} | Out-GridView
    To list only the automatic maintenance tasks which could wake the computer, use this pipeline:
    Code:
    Get-ScheduledTask | ? {$_.Settings.WakeToRun -and $_.Settings.MaintenanceSettings} | Out-GridView
    Very few automatic maintenance tasks are set to wake the computer, and most of them are disabled most of the time. That means that to have Automatic Maintenance wake the computer reliably at the scheduled time, it's necessary to change some other task to wake the computer. The Windows Defender Verification task is a suitable choice, as it's already set to run daily with a tight deadline.
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  8. Brink's Avatar
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       #27

    Tutorial updated to add Option 2 and 3 to manually change Automatic Maintenance settings.
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  9. gregyurkon's Avatar
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       #28

    I just updated to 1903, and my computer developed a nasty habit of waking up at midnight. Will this fix it, or is the problem somewhere else?
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  10. Brink's Avatar
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       #29

    gregyurkon said:
    I just updated to 1903, and my computer developed a nasty habit of waking up at midnight. Will this fix it, or is the problem somewhere else?

    Hello Greg,

    It could be, but I would check to see if your wake source logs may show something specific as a cause.

    See Wake Source in Windows 10
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