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I've noticed that Windows 8 seems to be running Maintenance an awful lot. It seems every time I leave my computer idle it's start up the Maintenance. Even when it's not idle it starts running. At times I've left my laptop idle & returned only to find it extremely hot, & it generally doesn't get hot even when I am running game & what not. I've even noticed Maintenance running when I am on a low battery.

 

What is this "Maintence" doing all the time & why can't I turn it off?

 

 

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I've noticed that Windows 8 seems to be running Maintenance an awful lot. It seems every time I leave my computer idle it's start up the Maintenance. Even when it's not idle it starts running. At times I've left my laptop idle & returned only to find it extremely hot, & it generally doesn't get hot even when I am running game & what not. I've even noticed Maintenance running when I am on a low battery.

 

What is this "Maintence" doing all the time & why can't I turn it off?

 

It's doing the tasks that would have to be run manually on older operating systems, defrag, disk clean up and if you don't have AV installed it runs a Windows Defender scan. It only runs when the computer is idle so why bother turning it off!!?!

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I've noticed that Windows 8 seems to be running Maintenance an awful lot. It seems every time I leave my computer idle it's start up the Maintenance. Even when it's not idle it starts running. At times I've left my laptop idle & returned only to find it extremely hot, & it generally doesn't get hot even when I am running game & what not. I've even noticed Maintenance running when I am on a low battery.

 

What is this "Maintence" doing all the time & why can't I turn it off?

sounds more like you've got a virus than anything legit, Win8 knows when you've got low battery and wouldn't run any maintenance.  It'd more likely just go to sleep.

 

Is the machine up to date w/ 8.1?

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sounds more like you've got a virus than anything legit, Win8 knows when you've got low battery and wouldn't run any maintenance.  It'd more likely just go to sleep.

 

Is the machine up to date w/ 8.1?

 

I doubt it's a virus, could be some rogue program causing maintenance to run continuously.

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sounds more like you've got a virus than anything legit, Win8 knows when you've got low battery and wouldn't run any maintenance.  It'd more likely just go to sleep.

 

Is the machine up to date w/ 8.1?

 

I am pretty sure I don't have a virus, but I'll do some scans anyway.

 

Also when I said low battery I didn't mean critically low or anything, I just meant that, if for example I am watching DVDs, I'll want to preserve the battery & I'll notice it doing maintenance when the battery's on 20%.

 

Does the Maintenance actually work out what needs to be done or does it just automatically do defrags, disc cleanups & virus scans every single day? That would seem a bit over the top.

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defrag only runs once a week by default...don't know what Defender does by default, and I'm not sure disk cleanup ever runs without user involvement.

 

Some of this might be too much information, but it might help you figure out whats running on your comp if things don't seem right - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx

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Thanks, I'll check that out.

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Please stay on topic. If you want to discuss a different OS please use the proper forum.

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Do others not experience this maintenance running too often?

It really feels ridiculous to me how regularly it runs. I often let it run but then a few hours later I catch it running again!

It seems insane that I can't disable this or schedule it for twice a weak or something.

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Yes, I agree with you. On my Windows 8.1 automatic maintenance also runs several times a day. If I leave the computer idle for just several minutes maintenance starts and then gets stopped if I start using my computer. And then the same scenario repeats itself several times a day, every day.

 

SOmetimes, I would manually start the maintenance through Action Center so it would not get stopped by user activity. However, automatic maintenance IMHO should not be running every day, it's unnecessary and just bothers users (me, at least).

 

I've found a way to disable it completely which is a bit tricky since it is a windows service and requires use of command line.

I'll post here a link to the tutorial later because I'm not using my personal computer.

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While it doesn't run all the time two weeks or so ago was the first time I saw that maintenance was running for the first time at all (via the icon), never noticed before. And it's been happening a few times since then. So something must've changed.

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If you're talking about Windows 8's automatic maintenance, you can modify the triggers at:  press Win+R -> type "taskschd.msc" -> (left pane) Task Scheduler Library -> Microsoft -> Windows -> TaskScheduler

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The Automatic Maintenance task is a built-in scheduled task, but if you think you can just open task scheduler as an administrator and disable it you?re wrong. It will just re-enable itself on Servre 2012 as @abstrask pointed out. You'll need to use the psexec utility (Sysinternals) together with schtasks.exe, and you need to run the command as SYSTEM. Use the following command:

psexec \\SERVERNAME -s schtasks /change /tn "\Microsoft\Windows\TaskScheduler\Maintenance Configurator" /DISABLE

In my scenario, I was testing this on my Hyper-V host, so I simply skipped the \SERVERNAME switch.

psexec -s schtasks /change /tn "\Microsoft\Windows\TaskScheduler\Maintenance Configurator" /DISABLE

 

 

Source: http://superuser.com/questions/497500/disable-automatic-maintenance-in-windows-8

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I've noticed the maintenance icon in two or three times since the first Windows 8 developer builds. I can't say it's been a problem for me ? It also stops the moment I interact with the computer.

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generally speaking i could do without it as i manually defrag, clean, update and whatevernot needs to be done.. but since it stops once i get back to the PC... whatever.useless as System Restore in 95% of the cases.

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The Automatic Maintenance task is a built-in scheduled task, but if you think you can just open task scheduler as an administrator and disable it you?re wrong. It will just re-enable itself on Servre 2012 as @abstrask pointed out. You'll need to use the psexec utility (Sysinternals) together with schtasks.exe, and you need to run the command as SYSTEM. Use the following command:

psexec \\SERVERNAME -s schtasks /change /tn "\Microsoft\Windows\TaskScheduler\Maintenance Configurator" /DISABLE

In my scenario, I was testing this on my Hyper-V host, so I simply skipped the \SERVERNAME switch.

psexec -s schtasks /change /tn "\Microsoft\Windows\TaskScheduler\Maintenance Configurator" /DISABLE

 

 

Source: http://superuser.com/questions/497500/disable-automatic-maintenance-in-windows-8

 

This actually didn't work to stop Maintenance. I then also ran:

 

psexec -s schtasks /change /tn "\Microsoft\Windows\TaskScheduler\Idle Maintenance" /DISABLE

 

But Maintenance would still run. So I then did:

 

psexec -s schtasks /change /tn "\Microsoft\Windows\TaskScheduler\Regular Maintenance" /DISABLE

 

That seemed to do it!

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