When you are not using your PC, Windows 10 performs automatic maintenance. It is a daily scheduled task that runs out-of-the-box. When enabled, it performs various tasks like app updates, Windows updates, security scans and many other things. Here is how to disable Automatic Maintenance in Windows 10 and why you might want get rid of this feature.
If you happen to be using your PC intensively during the scheduled time period, the maintenance will be postponed for another time. Most users should not disable Automatic Maintenance, but there can be a situation when you really need to disable it.
For instance, if you faced a Blue Screen of Death (severe error) or if your PC hangs during idle time, this might indicate that some task running as part of the Automatic Maintenance causes it. So for troubleshooting purposes, you might want to disable it and the check the OS behavior when it is idle.
To disable Automatic Maintenance in Windows 10, you need to 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 MaintenanceDisabled 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 1 to disable Automatic Maintenance in Windows 10.
- Restart Windows 10.
That's it. Automatic Maintenance in Windows 10 will be disabled. To enable it again, set the MaintenanceDisabled value to 0 or just delete it.
I prepared ready-to-use Registry files, so you can avoid manual Registry editing. You can download it here:
In the comments, feel free to share why you had to disable Automatic Maintenance in Windows 10.