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    Change Automatic Maintenance Settings in Windows 10

    How to Change Automatic Maintenance Settings in Windows 10
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    05 Feb 2018
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    Maintenance activity refers to an application or process that helps maintain the health and performance of a Windows PC. Maintenance includes keeping Windows and applications up-to-date, checking security, and running scans for malware. Windows Automatic Management (WAM) is a set of enhancements to the Task Scheduler API you can use to link your applications into the Windows maintenance schedule. Specifically, WAM allows you to add activities that require regular scheduling, but do not have exact time requirements. Instead, WAM relies on the operating system to choose the appropriate time to activate the task throughout the day. The system chooses those times based on minimal impact to the user, PC performance, and energy efficiency.

    How Scheduled Maintenance Works

    Windows Automatic Maintenance minimizes impact to the PC by scheduling maintenance only when the PC is on and idle. By default, the system performs maintenance daily, starting at 3 AM. (Note that the user may re-schedule when the maintenance occurs.) This daily session is limited to a maximum duration of 1 hour per attempt. If the user is actively using the machine, the system defers maintenance until a later time. The system also suspends any executing maintenance task if the user returns to the PC.

    The system restarts a suspended maintenance task during the next idle period; however, the system will not suspend any task marked as critical. Instead, the system allows a critical task to complete, regardless of user action.

    Due to the nature of scheduling, some scheduled tasks may not finish: perhaps there are too many scheduled events to fit in the 1 hour maintenance window, or maybe the computer was simply not turned on. In such cases, you can define a task with a deadline. A deadline is defined as a recurring time frame in which the system must successfully perform the task at least once.

    If a task misses a deadline, the maintenance scheduler will continue to attempt to execute the task during the maintenance window. Further, the scheduler will not limit itself to the regular 1 hour time limit. Instead, the scheduler extends the duration of the maintenance window in order to complete the delayed task. If the system still cannot complete the task, the Action Center displays a warning notification to the user. The user can then manually initiate the maintenance action from the Action center.

    Once the system completes the task (even with a failure error code), the attempt is considered successful. After a successful attempt, the scheduler resets to the regular maintenance schedule, and will attempt the task during the next period.

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

    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,

  1. Posts : 558
    Windows 10 Pro 17134.228
       28 Nov 2014 #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?
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2. Posts : 994
    Windows 7/64 Professional
       28 Nov 2014 #2

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

  3.    23 Jul 2015 #3

    Any updates on how to permanently disable automatic maintenance on windows 10?
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4. Posts : 31,266
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18214
    Thread Starter
       23 Jul 2015 #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
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  5.    23 Jul 2015 #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 ComputerSystem Spec

  6. Posts : 3,086
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       31 Aug 2015 #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.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  7. Posts : 31,266
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18214
    Thread Starter
       31 Aug 2015 #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.

    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.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  8. Posts : 3,086
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       31 Aug 2015 #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. Posts : 31,266
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18214
    Thread Starter
       31 Aug 2015 #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".
      My ComputersSystem Spec

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