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Recreate regular & idle maintenance tasks

  1. #1


    Scotland
    Posts : 13
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64

    Recreate regular & idle maintenance tasks


    Hi Folks,

    Hope someone can really help me out here, I had the idle & regular maintenance tasks disabled but they always re-enabled themselves. In a fit of madness I ended up deleting them but now when I open a folder with videos or images the thumbnails always display in a slow staggered way every time from left to right, If I then exit the folder & go back in they do the same again. It's almost like they are not being cached at all & are having to be redrawn every time.

    The only change I have made to my system is remove Comodo firewall & install Private Firewall & delete the idle & regular maintenance tasks.

    I was wondering if some kind soul could post screenshots of those tasks & the settings for them so I could recreate the tasks to see if help with the thumbnails as this is starting to drive me up the wall. Or export their tasks so I can import them.

    Attached is a screenshot of my task scheduler tasks.

    Many thanks in advance
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Tasks.JPG  

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    did you try a system restore to before you deleted them ,I have been looking for tutorial on setting them back up but cant find specific one yet ,good luck
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  3. #3


    Posts : 87
    Multi-Boot-PCs W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64


    Here is what I see for FOUR tasks in TaskScheduler.
    I'm having a hard time inserting a file if EF, I mostly work in SF
    Hopefully you can use the XML files I manually inserted ...

    EDIT: I attached the XML files as Zipped files

    Click image for larger version

    Idle Maintenance.zip

    Regular Maintenance.zip


    Last edited by DavidE; 20 Sep 2014 at 10:17. Reason: Replace source XML with ZIP files
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  4. #4


    Scotland
    Posts : 13
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    @caperjack I don't use System Restore & have it disabled, forgot to make a Reflect free backup before I deleted them.

    @DavidE Many thanks for the zipped xml's, have imported them but still seem to be one short by looking at your screenshot. Any chance you could upload the manual maintenance as well?

    Many thanks for the replies
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  5. #5


    Posts : 87
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    You're welcome Banzi, and glad to hear the files worked.
    Here is the other task.
    Manual Maintenance.zip
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  6. #6


    Scotland
    Posts : 13
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Cheers DavidE

    Thanks again for the help.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1 64bit


    I have Windows 8.1 64bit system on my laptop and went back to 8.1 from Windows 10 upgrade, but I have missing the four standard Maintenance task xml files, Idle Maintenance, Maintenance Configurator, Manual Maintenance and Regular Maintenance. Tried SFC scan with no help. Can someone upload these files? Thanks.
    Last edited by Big; 02 Dec 2015 at 18:42.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 87
    Multi-Boot-PCs W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Big View Post
    I have Windows 8.1 64bit system on my laptop and went back to 8.1 from Windows 10 upgrade, but I have missing the four standard Maintenance task xml files, Idle Maintenance, Maintenance Configurator, Manual Maintenance and Regular Maintenance. Tried SFC scan with no help. Can someone upload these files? Thanks.
    Did you try using the download links in posts #3 and #5 ?
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  9. #9


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1 64bit


    Thank you for responding. Yes, they imported find, but the other file, Maintenance Configuator, was not included. I have searched the web for a solution to this problem and I even tried using the DISM program with no success. Why Microsoft has not come up with a solution to this rollback problem, especially, since sooo many people are writing about it I can't understand. Some even write about it happening in Win 10 after the upgrade.
    Thanks again for responding.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 87
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    Hi Big,

    Here is the Maintenance Configuator xml file, exported from Win 8.1 Pro x64

    Maintenance Configurator.zip
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