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Regular Maintenance not starting at scheduled trigger

  1. #1


    Posts : 12
    Windows 7 and 8

    Regular Maintenance not starting at scheduled trigger


    Hello All-

    Upgraded from Windows 8 to 8.1 yesterday and all is well except that "Regular Maintenance" in the Task Scheduler, set for 3:00 A.M. started at 5:30 A.M. Trigger is set for 3:00 A.M. every day, yet "Next Run Time" is 4:30 A.M. There do not appear to be any conflicting tasks, and the clocks are all OK.

    Never had a problem with this in 8, and the schedule was great since Windows would do it's maintenance and defrag before my backups are scheduled, starting at 4:00 A.M.

    Any suggestions?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 12
    Windows 7 and 8


    OK- Think I've solved it. Under Regular Maintenance/Properties/Triggers/Edit/Advanced Settings. the box for "Delay task for up to (random delay)" was checked and set to 4 hours. I unchecked it, and now "Next Run Time" is the same as the trigger (scheduled time).
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  3. #3


    Posts : 6
    windows 8.1


    Did this fix work? I am having the same issue
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  4. #4


    Posts : 12
    Windows 7 and 8


    Did not work last night. I reset the "Regular Maintenance" Task as described above, and although Windows retained the 2:00 A.M. trigger, it re-checked the box "Delay task for up to (random delay)" and reset to 4 hours. So Task scheduled for 2:00 A.M. started around 3:30 A.M.

    I had a couple restarts last night, so maybe that's when Windows reset it. Will check later today to see if it has "reverted".

    Also note: If you try to adjust this through Control Panel/All Control Panel Items/Action Center/Automatic Maintenance, it will cause the setting in Task Scheduler to revert.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 6
    windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by magica View Post
    Did not work last night. I reset the "Regular Maintenance" Task as described above, and although Windows retained the 2:00 A.M. trigger, it re-checked the box "Delay task for up to (random delay)" and reset to 4 hours. So Task scheduled for 2:00 A.M. started around 3:30 A.M.

    I had a couple restarts last night, so maybe that's when Windows reset it. Will check later today to see if it has "reverted".

    Also note: If you try to adjust this through Control Panel/All Control Panel Items/Action Center/Automatic Maintenance, it will cause the setting in Task Scheduler to revert.
    Yes my task scheduler did not keep the settings either. I had checked " wake this pc" and it was unchecked this morning
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    Posts : 12
    Windows 7 and 8


    Last night it ran at the time I set, but also reset/rechecked "Delay task for up to (random delay) 4 hours". I unchecked it again and unchecked "enable" at bottom of advanced trigger settings.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Regular Maintenance not starting at scheduled trigger
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