When you are not using your PC, Windows 10 performs a number of maintenance tasks. These scheduled tasks are configured to run automatically out-of-the-box. One of them is Computer Maintenance. It is a complex task which performs a number of operations to keep your OS clean and configured properly. It performs various tasks like finding and fixing broken shortcuts, removing unused Desktop shortcuts, correcting the system time and more. If you are not happy with the result of this maintenance or have a reason to prevent the OS from changing your shortcuts and settings, here is how to disable it.
By default, the Automatic Computer Maintenance task is configured to perform the following actions:
- Broken shortcuts removal. If you have more than 4 broken shortcuts in the Start menu and on the Desktop, Windows 10 will remove them. Such shortcuts usually point to executable files which do not exist any more, for example, after you delete the app's folder from Program Files manually.
- Desktop icons which have been unused in 3 months will be removed.
- System clock will be checked and synchronized with a time server.
- Hard disks will be checked for file system errors.
- The troubleshooting history and error reports which are older than 1 month will be removed.
Personally, I find this feature useful and never disable it. If your situation is different, here is how you can disable this feature. Before proceeding, ensure that your user account has administrative privileges. Now, follow the instructions below.
To disable automatic computer maintenance in Windows 10, do the following.
- Open Registry Editor.
- Go to the following Registry key:
Tip: You can access any desired Registry key with one click.
If this key doesn't exist, then just create it.
- In the right pane, you will see the EnabledExecution value. If this value doesn't exist, create a 32-bit DWORD value of this name. Even if you are running 64-bit Windows, you still need to create a 32-bit DWORD value. Set it to 0 to disable Automatic Computer Maintenance in Windows 10.
- Restart Windows 10.
You are done.
If you prefer the GUI method, there is a special option in the classic Control Panel app.
Disable Computer Maintenance in Windows 10 with Control Panel
- Open the classic Control Panel app.
- In the search box, type troubleshooting as shown below.
- Click on the Troubleshooting item. The following page will open:
- On the left, click the link "Change settings".
The following page will open.
- Select the Off option under Computer Maintenance and click the OK button.