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Deleted maintenance tasks in task scheduler

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    Deleted maintenance tasks in task scheduler


    So I deleted maintenance tasks in task scheduler (Microsoft>windows>task scheduler) because I didn't want to have automatic maintenance fire up when I'm working, but sadly... some shit got messed up. My computer starts using hdd at 100% if left idle, and then freezes and all kinds of weird crap that I'm almost positive have to do with me deleting maintenance.

    So I was wondering can someone tell me which tasks do I need to re-create in task scheduler in order to have auto-maintenance once again. If you could just read to me all the tasks, triggers, and which programs they are running I'd be very grateful.

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    Hello Peter, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You could do a system restore using a restore point (if available) dated before it was deleted to undo and restore it.

    If that's not an available option for you, then you could either try a repair install without losing anything or refresh Windows 8.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Yeah, I just did that, but the problem is still there. I mean, the tasks in maintenance are back, but my computer still acts up. Whenever it hits idle mode, something takes up 100% of my hdd, and I can't see what in task manager. If I can't resolve this, I'm gonna go back to Win7.
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    When it does that, check to see if it may be automatic maintenance running by stopping it (if running).

    Automatic Maintenance - Manually Start or Stop in Windows 8
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    It is running all the time and I can't stop it in action center. I click on the stop button, but nothing happens. But it is not actually running, the 100% disk problem occurs only after the computer has been idle.
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    If there's a Stop maintenance option in Action Center, then automatic maintenance is currently running. Otherwise it would say Start maintenance instead. Sometimes it may take a moment for it to actually stop once you click on Stop maintenance.

    In addition, it could be the index updating itself. Check in the index to see if it says anything other than "Indexing complete" to tell if it's running or not.

    Index - Rebuild - Windows 7 Help Forums
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    It says stop maintenance, and when I click it, nothing happens, its like that from the system start up. And you can't stop it in any way. Well, at least I can't. I thought I had indexing service turned off, thats the way I kept it on W7, but it seems you can't turn it off in W8? How can I check indexing?
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    You could check indexing by opening "Indexing Options" from the Control Panel and see if it's running, disabled (grayed out), or not running (Indexing complete).

    You might let the computer sit idle overnight to let automatic maintenance finish running uninterrupted to see if that may stop it from showing as running all the time.
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    yeah, I'll try that tonight and will report back as I see a number of people have similar problems with hdd going 100% for no apparent reason. Thanks!
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    Well, I think I sorted this out.

    What I did was go to the task scheduler, right click regular maintenance, check the box "allow this task to be run on command", right click run, then stop, and the flag went away. I also disabled "idle maintenance". After that I installed Auslogics disk defrag, defragmented my drives offline, installed an antivirus, so windows defender doesn't have to run, and I don't seem to have any more problems with HDD going to 100%.
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