How to Schedule Automatic Maintenance on Windows 11 or 10?

Among the several features, Windows 11/10 also includes a lesser-known function known as “Scheduled Automatic Maintenance.” This feature comes with many different background tasks and performs them all at once a day at a scheduled time. By default, this time is set to 2 AM, and you can change it according to your convenience.

You should also note that the automatic maintenance activity that is performed by Windows 11/10 is set to run for 1 hour only. That means, due to any reason, if the task is not finished within that period, Windows will stop and execute the job during its next maintenance period. Let me see this in an example. Suppose you scheduled “Automatic Maintenance” for your PC to be performed at 2 PM, and your computer is turned off at 2 PM. The maintenance task will not run on your computer since your computer is off. Windows will try to execute that task again at the next available time when your computer is not in use.

This “Automatic Maintenance” includes tasks such as software updates, security scanning, and system diagnostics. By default, this task is enabled on every Windows 11/10 computer, and Microsoft recommends not to change this setting. But, if your PC remains turned off at 2 AM daily, this maintenance activity will never run. So, Microsoft has included an option to change the scheduled maintenance activity time.

How to Schedule Automatic Maintenance on Windows 11 or 10?

As mentioned above, by default, Windows 11/10 automatic system maintenance tasks run at 2 AM each day. However, if your computer remains turned off at 2 AM, the automated system maintenance task will not run. So, you can reschedule it to a different time when your computer will be on and not in use.

To schedule automatic maintenance on Windows 11 or 10, use these steps:-

Step 1. First, log into your computer with an administrator account.

Step 2. Then, launch the Control Panel.

Step 3. In the Control Panel window, set “View by” to “Category” and then click the System and Security.

Step 4. In the following screen, click on the Security and Maintenance option.

Step 5. After that, click on the Maintenance to expand it.

Step 6. In the “Security and Maintenance” window that opens, click the link Change maintenance settings.

Step 7. When you’re done, you will reach the Automatic Maintenance window. Here, set a new time you want automatic maintenance to run.

Step 8. When you’re done, click the OK button to save the changes.

Until writing this post, Microsoft only allows you to alter the maintenance schedule time. There is no option to turn it off completely.

You can use this feature to run your computer smoothly and efficiently.

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