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How To Disable Windows 8 Automatic Maintenance Or Change Its Time

Microsoft reiterated that Windows 8 has been built upon the solid foundations of its predecessor. Well, there is no denying this fact, because apart from looking stunning, Windows 8 includes several robust features under the hood that make it fast, stable and snappy, just like the previous version. One of the refreshing additions to this feature-set is automatic system maintenance (also called Regular Maintenance), which checks for software updates, system diagnostics and security scanning tasks, on regular basis. This option ensures that maintenance tasks are performed at a specified time, provided you’re not around and the system is idle. In what follows, we will guide you through the process of changing time settings to run the daily maintenance task, whether to allow the schedule maintenance to wake your machine, as well as disable this feature if you don’t need it.

Change Scheduled Maintenance Time

To change time settings for automatic system maintenance, click the Action Center icon in the System Tray followed by ‘Open Action Center’. Alternatively, you can access the Action Center from the Control Panel.

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In the Action Center window, click the arrow beside Maintenance to expand its settings, and then click ‘Change maintenance settings’ under the Automatic Maintenance section, as demonstrated in the screenshot below.

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Here, you can choose the maintenance time according to your liking. Windows 8 sets this time to 3:00 AM by default, but you can change it to any other time. Furthermore, you can enable/disable the optional ‘Allow scheduled maintenance to wake up my computer at the scheduled time’. When done, click OK to apply the changes. If prompted by the UAC, simply click the Yes button.

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Disable Automatic Maintenance

Apart from changing time parameters, you can also disable the Automatic Maintenance option altogether. This can done from within the Windows Task Scheduler utility. To do so, press Win+W to call the Search Charm and type “task scheduler” or “schedule tasks”. Selecting Schedule tasks from the left will launch the Task Scheduler window.

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Task Scheduler is Window’s native utility that allows various system or user applications to be launched or triggered automatically at a user defined time. It houses three navigation panes. The left pane lets you select the task, the center pane contains information regarding the selected task, while the right pane contains further pertaining actions.

Change or disable Regular or Automatic Maintenance in Windows 8_Step_5

From  the left pane, navigate to:

Task Scheduler Library > Microsoft > Windows > TaskScheduler

Right click ‘Regular Maintenance’ from the center pane and select Disable from its context menu.

Change or disable Regular or Automatic Maintenance in Windows 8_Step_6

That’s it! You have successfully disabled Regular Maintenance.

Thanks, Umang Kedia!


  1. action center alerts me that run maintenance is needed & i did & then it asked again, i have dose it 3 times, what is wrong? i just got my PC back from Repairs, i had issue PC was like it was shut down, but was not, i heard the cooler working inside, But no picture & no sound, after restart PC seemed to work, but only few minutes & the same thing again, that is fixed, but new i have issue that windows dose not recognize that maintenance is finished once

    so run maintenance massage wont disappear

    my interest is not disabling it, i want to fix my issue, but is it possible?, can’t find topic about my issue anywhere

    • Yeah, same here. I just ignore it, and run it manually once a week. By that time, after a week or so, it will pop up a wee stronger reminder to “DO THE MAINTENANCE”. But afterwards it will still have “run maintenance” in the flag box (action centre), but I ignore it. You can disable that notification altogether by opening action centre. You will see “Turn off messages about auto maintenance”.
      The message sitting there doesn’t bother me though, as long as I can run it when “I” want to, and not every damn day. That’s just silly and unnecessary and wears out my PC.

  2. I have here 4 tasks… 3 could be disabled but the last one “Maintenance Configurator” says that I don’t have the permission to deactivate the task.. but I am administrator, WTF???

    • These instructions are all very good. But how do I get to any of this stuff. My computer does not let me do anything. I can’t even get to anywhere to shut it down correctly. I worry if I just pull the plug I will end up with a bunch of corrupted files and have to do a complete fresh install of everything. This happened a few days after I upgraded to win 8.1
      Really pished off.

    • I bit the bullet and shut the computer of. When it restarted it said updates were in progress do not switch off. So I waited until it came up with my start screen. As soon as it finished I tried for my mail and in the middle of getting it I get another message that I need to restart for the updates to be completed.. So I restart again and am awaiting results. Its been 5 minutes and I have not had any more messages. So I am thinking I got my computer back.

    • hit the windows button +r on key board then typ in taskschd.msc this will bring u to the task scheduler

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