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Windows Defender Scheduled Scan - Set Up in Windows 8

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyB View Post
    ok so i set auto maintenance to 12 am but my question is is the auto maintenance going to do the full scan i setup daily in that task? or is that only for the one i setup? and is it going to conflict with the one i setup? .
    For Windows Defender, Auto Maintenance will only check for updates. Only the task schedule you created will run the daily scan.
    Last edited by Brink; 07 Apr 2013 at 14:16. Reason: added quote

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    ok so when it says it was cancelled by the user it means it did not run because my scheduled scan that i set up in there in that task already did it.
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    The "task was terminated by the user" is basically just a generic message, so it's hard to say what action was the exact cause of what stopped the task.

    You could open Event Viewer (eventvwr.msc), open Applications and Services Logs -> Microsoft -> Windows -> Windows Defender. Afterwards, looks through the Windows Defender "Operational" and "WHC" logs at that time and date to see if they may be able to provide additional details that may help more.
    Last edited by Brink; 07 Apr 2013 at 15:57. Reason: typo
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    just looked nothing in there on it.
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    It should be fine, but I would keep an eye on it to make sure the task is running when it's supposed to.

    In addition if you like, the Windows Defender context menu in the tutorial below will help make it easier to use and do manual scans when you like.

    Windows Defender Cascading Desktop Context Menu - Create in Windows 8

    and

    Scan with Windows Defender - Add in Windows 8
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    something strange since i did the schedule thing i was in the event viewer and it is in there again as starting then cancelled out here is a picture did i set something up wrong?

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    Is the computer awake and running for when you have the task set to run?
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    yes sure is i never put it to sleep is very strange those last ones at 1 pm i did not have one scheduled for that time.
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    It depends on what you have set in Task Scheduler. If the task fails to run when schedule, it will try to run it later if set to do so.

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    settings and what they look like. all look ok.
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