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Enable or Disable Automatic Maintenance in Windows 10

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Every computer needs maintenance. Most users don’t do regular maintenance on their computers. Even if they do, they may not do all the different steps that are involved in the maintenance. Windows 10 now has a maintenance feature which automatically does all the maintenance done without impacting performance or energy efficiency.

Windows 10 Automatic Maintenance is a feature that helps in optimizing and keep computer healthy by running different tools for maximum performance and power efficiency. By default, these tools are scheduled to run daily at 2.00 AM which can be customized to run at a different based on user preferences.

What are the different tasks involved in Automatic Maintenance

  • Disk optimization
  • Disk defragmentation
  • System and App updates
  • Security scans

How to open Automatic Maintenance in Windows 10

  1. Open Control Panel
  2. Select Security and Maintenance
  3. Expand Maintenance
  4. Select Start maintenance if you want to start maintenance now
  5. Select Change maintenance settings to schedule a time for doing maintenance daily

Why disable Automatic Maintenance in Windows 10

  • Automatic Maintenance may slow down the computer if it is running during productive working hours.
  • Automatic Maintenance some times may make changes which may change settings and create problems in the system. Some administrators like to disable it to make sure the control remains with them.
  • Some users prefer third-party maintenance tools to in-built tools inside Windows.
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How to disable Automatic Maintenance in Windows 10

In order to disable this feature, you need to change several values ​​in the system registry. Please note that making changes in Registry can create problems leading to errors or malfunction of Operating System.

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open Run window
  2. Type Regedit to open Registry Editor window
  3. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows NT > CurrentVersion > Schedule > Maintenance
  4. On the right side,  there should be the option MaintenanceDisabled
  5. Double click on the option. Change the value to 1 to disable Maintenance

If there is no MaintenanceDisabled option on the right side, you need to create it.

  1. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows NT > CurrentVersion > Schedule > Maintenance
  2. On the right side of the window, right-click on the open space, click New, select DWORD value (32 bit) Value
  3. Give the value 1 to disable Automatic Maintenance.

After making changes, you must restart the system for the changes to work.

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