How to disable Automatic Maintenance in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8

Modern Windows versions come with an Automatic Maintenance feature. It performs various optimization tasks while you are away from your PC or when your PC is idle or has a low level of activity. These tasks include disk defragmentation, Windows Update cache optimizations, Security Essentials/Defender scans and many such maintenance tasks.
maintenance in progress
While Automatic Maintenance is useful, some users might prefer doing these optimizations themselves manually. Also some may not want Automatic Maintenance to interrupt their activity. If you think you are better off without this feature, here is how you can disable it.


Automatic Maintenance can be disabled using the Task Scheduler. If you open Automatic Maintenance settings in the Action Center, you will find that it has a scheduled task which wakes up the PC to perform optimizations. To disable it, you need to untick the appropriate checkbox and disable the task in Task Scheduler. Here are step-by-step instructions for that:
  1. Open Control Panel and go to the following applet:
    Control Panel\System and Security\Security and Maintenance\Automatic Maintenance

    You can just open the Action Center and click Change maintenance settings under the Maintenance section:
    maintenance action center

  2. Untick the checkbox Allow scheduled maintenance to wake up my computer at the scheduled time.
    maintenance schedule
  3. Now, go to Control Panel\System and Security\Administrative Tools. Click the Task Scheduler icon.
  4. In the left pane, open the following path:
    Task Scheduler Library \ Microsoft \ Windows \ TaskScheduler
  5. In the right pane, find the Regular Maintenance task. Right click it and select "Disable" from its context menu.
  6. Disable Automatic Maintenance in Windows 8

You just disabled Automatic Maintenance in Windows 8.
To enable it back,

  1. Enable the Regular Maintenance task in Task Scheduler.
  2. Tick the option "Allow scheduled maintenance to wake up my computer at the scheduled time" in Action Center.

That's it. You are done.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

2 thoughts on “How to disable Automatic Maintenance in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8”

  1. I have deleted Automatic Maintenance from the task scheduler in Windows 8.1. How can I get this back.

    If you can help please, email me


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