How to Perform Automatic Maintenance in Windows

Keeping your PC running in the optimal state requires more than just keeping it clean and light. Activities like Disk Fragmentation, cleaning up temporary files, and others help maintain your PC in the best possible state. Doing these manually can be hassling; however, Windows has an Automatic PC maintenance feature. In this article, we will learn how to perform automatic maintenance in Windows.

Perform Automatic Maintenance in Windows

What Does PC Maintenance Mean in the Broader Term?

Scheduled Disk Fragmentation, Running anti-virus scans, Cleaning up temporary files, running Windows Update Manually, security scans, and many other processes come under PC maintenance. Having to do all of these processes, one by one, manually and at a particular time interval, is a peculiar task. Windows simplifies this with Automatic maintenance.

With Windows automatic maintenance, Windows runs various tasks such as system diagnostics, software updates, virus scans, disk fragmentation, and many more at a scheduled time daily when your PC is not in use.

How to Perform Automatic Maintenance in Windows

In this section, we will learn how to perform automatic maintenance in Windows 10/11. Here’s all that’s covered.

    1. Where to Find Automatic Maintenance in Windows?
    2. What Exactly Is Happening in Automatic Maintenance?
    3. How to Schedule Automatic Maintenance

Let’s dive in!

1] Where Can You Find Automatic Maintenance in Windows?

Type Automatic Maintenance in the Windows Search bar to open Automatic Maintenance. Here, you can choose the time to run the tasks daily at a fixed time. It can even wake up the computer from sleep.

Scheduling automatic maintetnance in WIindows

2] What Exactly Is Happening in Automatic Maintenance?

So, now that We have told you where to find it, let’s take a moment to understand what goes on at the heart of this incredible process.  Automatic Maintenance combines all the background processes, including the third-party software and apps, to include themselves in the process.

Start manual maintenance in Windows

The best way to discover the details is to run it and launch the task manager. Switch to the Processes tab on the task manager and sort by CPU or Disk usage.

Automatic Maintenance Processes In Windows Task Manager

You will see that Windows launches one by one all necessary tasks like Disk Defragmenter to Optimize Drives, Run the Antimalware Service executable, run the COM Surrogate Process, Scripted Diagnostics Native Host process, etc. If any third-party apps have included themselves here, you should be able to view them, too.

The best part of this system is that even if you do something on your computer, you will feel a minimum or no slowness on the laptop because of the design it follows. It happens in the case of the manual process. However, interrupting the PC during the automatic schedule will stop instantly and resume after 2 minutes of idleness.

In critical updates, the user will be notified and asked to manually perform the process if and only if the automatic task was interrupted too many times to get it done.

It also takes care when you are mobile, i.e., on a laptop battery. The automatic maintenance is not triggered and can run when you switch to AC power.

3] How to Schedule Automatic Maintenance

To schedule automatic maintenance, open the Automatic Maintenance settings by searching for it in the Windows start menu. Now, expand the drop-down next to Run maintenance tasks daily at option and select the time which works for you. Click OK to save the settings.

Schedule automatic maintenance in WIndows


In this article, we learned how to perform Automatic maintenance in Windows 10/11. Performing maintenance tasks is crucial to keep your PC up and running in the optimal state. This can extend the life of your PC and its components. We hope you found the article to be helpful.


  1. Hi, thanks for your detailed Explanation on this subject… I’ve been using windows 8 since the preview was released and, I always asked myself what is actually hapening when maintenance is running… Again Thanks:-)

  2. How do I uninstall this? Infinity is too long for maintenance and it doesn’t seem to do any maintenance. Last virus scan was last year. It doesn’t do any of the things you say.

  3. I am on satellite. Automatic maintenance uses satellite time and will not run if I am not on line.
    Maintenance is no problem to do and can be done off line except for updates, Which can be downloaded between midnight and 5 am with no satellite charge. Need to be able to completely disable this procedure, or program set to only work from midnight to 5 am. This is a problem that must be resolved.

  4. Runs continually and locks up my PC. Have disabled it many times and it just starts over after 20 minutes. Can’t set a specific time to run, it runs whenever it wants…. soooooo over it!


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