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What is Windows 10 Automatic Maintenance feature ? How to Disable this

Did you notice windows system becomes sluggish, Unresponsive after you leave it idle for a while? Faced Different Blue Screen of Death (error), CPU, DISK usage 100% or your PC hangs during idle time? This might indicate that some task running as part of the Automatic Maintenance causes it. Normally When system stays idle for flew minutes then Windows automatically runs the maintenance tool in the background. It is a daily scheduled task that runs out-of-the-box. It performs various tasks like app updates, Windows updates, security scans and many other things. Automatic Maintenance is a useful feature, tries to maintain operating system performance, security and keep it up-to-date. ForTroubleshooting purpose, you can Disable Windows 10 Automatic Maintenance and check the OS behavior when it is idle.

What is Windows Automatic Maintenance?

Before Disable This Feature Lets First understand what is Windows 10 Automatic Maintenance? How it works on a windows computer and When we need to Disable Windows 10 Automatic Maintenance Feature.

Automatic Maintenance is a useful feature run daily when the system is on Idle. Automatic Maintenance basically runs multiple types of scans to check for security, performance, and update issues and fix them. This will combine all the background maintenance activity, check for virus definition, defrag disks, update of Windows software, etc, without negatively impacting performance and energy efficiency. The main purpose of the Automatic Maintenance feature is to not impact the performance of the OS negatively, so it combines all its tasks and runs it in the background.

Windows Automatic Maintenance problems

But sometimes users Report While System is at Idle state,( Running maintenance Task ) It became unresponsive, CPU, Disk Usage 100% or some common problems such as :

The system becomes slow while maintenance task run: Automatic Maintenance uses lots of CPU resources and you may find system resources lacking for your other tasks.

PC crashes and blue screen of death: This is rather rare, but some users have reported this happening after they leave their PC idle. 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.

Tweak to Disable Automatic Maintenance

Now After Understand the Automatic Maintenance Feature and how It works. let’s discuss How to Disable Windows 10 Automatic Maintenance feature. Normally Windows 8 and 10 both don’t allow you to disable Automatic Maintenance. But here we have a registry tweak to disable manage Automatic Maintenance feature.

Warning: Make sure you backup the registry before following these instructions. Any unintentional changes in the registry could corrupt your system and possibly lead to data loss.

First Press Windows + R, type regedit in the Run dialog and hit enter key to open Windows registry.

Now move to the following :

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows NT > CurrentVersion > Schedule > Maintenance

Here right-click on Maintenance -> New > DWORD (32-bit) Value

Create New DWORD value

Then Name the Newly created DWORD value As MaintenanceDisabled as shown below image. Now Double click on New created value (MaintenanceDisabled) to Modify it. Enter value 1 To Disable Windows 10 Automatic Maintenance. Click ok and Restart windows To take effect the changes.

Next double-click the entry to modify it and enter 1 as its value. This will enable this entry, therefore disable maintenance. A PC restart is required for the changes to take effect.

registry tweak to Disable Windows 10 Automatic Maintenance

And To re-enable Automatic Maintenance, just modify the same entry again and add 0 as its value.

Note: Disabling Automatic Maintenance isn’t necessary and you should not do it unless you face any problems.

I hope this post helps you to understand What is Windows 10 Automatic Maintenance feature? How it works on the windows computer and How to Disable Automatic Maintenance feature. Also, Read Fix High CPU Usage By IAStorDataSvc on Windows 10.

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