How to Schedule Automatic Maintenance on Windows 11?

Among the other features, Windows 11 also offers “Scheduled Automatic Maintenance.” This includes several different background tasks and performs them all at once at a scheduled time, by default at 2 AM. The automatic maintenance activity that Windows performs automatically is set to run for 1 hour only. That means, due to some reason, if the task is not completed within that period, Windows will stop and execute the job during its next maintenance period. For example, if your computer is turned off at the scheduled time, the maintenance task will not run, and Windows will run that task in the next available time when your computer is not in use.

If you don’t know what type of job Windows performs in System Maintenance task, it includes Windows Updates, security scanning, and another system diagnostic. By default, this task is enabled on every Windows 11 computer, and Microsoft recommends not to alter these settings. But, if your PC remains turned off at 2 AM daily, this maintenance activity will never run. So that, Microsoft has provided an option to change the scheduled maintenance activity time.

How to Schedule Automatic Maintenance on Windows 11?

As said above, Windows 11 automatic system maintenance tasks run at 2 AM daily. If your computer remains turned off at 2 AM, you can reschedule it to a different time when your computer will be on and not in use.

Step 1. Sign in to your computer using an administrator account.

Step 2. Then open the Control Panel.

Step 3. When Control Panel opens, click the System and Security.

Step 4. Next, click on Security and Maintenance.

Step 5. Then, click the Maintenance header to expand it.

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

Step 7. On the Automatic Maintenance window, set a new time you want Windows automatic maintenance to run.

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

Microsoft only allows you to change the maintenance schedule time and has not provided any way to turn it off completely. This feature may help your computer to run smoothly and efficiently.

Good luck.

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