Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums


Automatic Maintenance - Manually Start or Stop in Windows 8

  1. #1
    Automatic Maintenance - Manually Start or Stop in Windows 8

    Automatic Maintenance - Manually Start or Stop in Windows 8
    How to Manually Start or Stop "Automatic Maintenance" in Windows 8 and 8.1
    Published by Brink is offline
    22 Sep 2011
    Default Automatic Maintenance - Manually Start or Stop in Windows 8

    Published by


    Brink's Avatar
    Administrator

    Join Date: Jul 2009
    Posts: 22,479

    How to Manually Start or Stop "Automatic Maintenance" in Windows 8 and 8.1

    information   Information
    Windows depends on execution of inbox and third party maintenance activity for much of its value-add, including Windows Update, and automatic disk defragmentation, as well as antivirus updates and scans. Additionally, enterprises frequently use maintenance activity such as Network Access Protection (NAP) scanning to help enforce security standards on all enterprise workstations.

    Maintenance activity in Windows is designed to run in the background with limited user interaction and minimal impact to performance and energy efficiency. However, in Windows 7 and earlier versions, performance and energy efficiency are still impacted due to the non-deterministic and widely varied schedule of the multiple maintenance activities in Windows. Responsiveness to users is reduced when maintenance activity runs while users are actively using the computer. Apps also frequently ask the user to update their software and run background maintenance, and direct users to multiple experiences, including Action Center, Control Panel, Windows Update, Task Scheduler MMC snap-in, and third-party controls.

    The goal of Automatic Maintenance is to combine all background maintenance activity in Windows and help third-party developers add their maintenance activity to Windows without negatively impacting performance and energy efficiency. Additionally, Automatic Maintenance enables users as well as enterprises to be in control of maintenance activity scheduling and configuration.

    For more information about "Automatic Maintenance", see: Automatic Maintenance (Windows)


    By default, Windows 8 automatically runs Automatic Maintenance on a daily schedule that you set when you're not using your computer.

    This tutorial will show you how to manually start or stop Automatic Maintenance when you like on demand in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

    You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

    Note   Note
    The exe file for Automatic Maintenance is at this location below:

    C:\Windows\System32\MSchedExe.exe


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Turn On or Off Automatic Maintenance in Action Center
    • Option Two: To Turn On or Off Automatic Maintenance in Command Prompt



    EXAMPLE: Automatice Maintenance running
    NOTE:
    This is what the Action Center system icon looks like when Automatic Mainenance is running in Windows 8.

    Name:  Running.jpg
Views: 17035
Size:  6.2 KB







    Automatic Maintenance - Manually Start or Stop in Windows 8 OPTION ONE Automatic Maintenance - Manually Start or Stop in Windows 8
    To Turn On or Off Automatic Maintenance in Action Center

    1. Do either step 2 or 3 below for how you would like to open the Action Center.

    2. While on your desktop, click/tap on the Action Center system icon on the taskbar, click/tap on the Open Action Center link, and go to step 4 or 5 below. (see screenshot below)


    Name:  system-icon.jpg
Views: 17347
Size:  33.8 KB
    3. Open the Control Panel (icons view), click/tap on the Action Center icon, and go to step 4 or 5 below.

    4. To Manually Start "Automatic Maintenance"
    NOTE: It's recommended to only start Automatic Maintenance when you are not using the computer since performance could be negatively impacted while running.

    A) In Action Center, expand Maintenance, click/tap on the Start maintenance link, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)

    Click image for larger version

    5. To Manually Stop "Automatic Maintenance"
    NOTE: You will only be able to stop Automatic Maintenance if it is already running.

    A) In Action Center, expand Maintenance, click/tap on the Stop maintenance link, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)


    Click image for larger version


    6. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.


    7. When finished, you can close the Action Center if you like.







    Automatic Maintenance - Manually Start or Stop in Windows 8 OPTION TWO Automatic Maintenance - Manually Start or Stop in Windows 8
    To Turn On or Off Automatic Maintenance in Command Prompt

    1. Open an elevated command prompt.

    2. Do step 3 or step 4 below for what you would like to do.

    3. To Start Automatic Maintenance

    A) In the elevated command prompt, copy and paste the command below, press Enter, and go to step 5 below.

    MSchedExe.exe Start

    4. To Stop Automatic Maintenance

    A) In the elevated command prompt, copy and paste the command below, press Enter, and go to step 5 below.

    MSchedExe.exe Stop

    5. You can now close the elevated command prompt if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn


  2. #1


    Posts : 60
    Windows 8.1 pro


    And if it wont turn off when clicking "stop maintenance"?

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #2


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Excellent. I hate when the OS is running me instead of me running the OS.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #3


    After I banged my head for 2 days trying to figure it out....now you make a tutorial....but I figured it out...Damn it all to hell....
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #4


    Posts : 22,479
    64-bit Windows 10


      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #5


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    How to Manually Start or Stop "Automatic Maintenance" in Windows 8 and 8.1
    Command line to START Automatic Maintenance manually:
    %SystemRoot%\System32\MSchedExe.exe Start
    Command line to STOP Automatic Maintenance manually:
    %SystemRoot%\System32\MSchedExe.exe Stop
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #6


    Posts : 22,479
    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Hybernaculum View Post
    How to Manually Start or Stop "Automatic Maintenance" in Windows 8 and 8.1
    Command line to START Automatic Maintenance manually:
    %SystemRoot%\System32\MSchedExe.exe Start
    Command line to STOP Automatic Maintenance manually:
    %SystemRoot%\System32\MSchedExe.exe Stop

    Thank you, but it doesn't work to start or stop Automatic Maintenance for me.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #7


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Thank you, but it doesn't work to start or stop Automatic Maintenance for me.
    It works, but this commands must be executed from the elevated command prompt or from the shortcut with "Run as Administrator" check box checked. The Action Center system icon is changed when Automatic Maintenance is running or stopped.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #8


    Posts : 22,479
    64-bit Windows 10


    Ok. I was testing in Windows 10 where it's not working. It works in Windows 8.1. I'll add this as an option to the tutorial now. Thank You.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Automatic Maintenance - Manually Start or Stop in Windows 8
Related Threads
How to Enable or Disable Automatic Maintenance in Windows 8 and 8.1 Windows depends on execution of inbox and third party maintenance activity for much of its value-add, including Windows Update, and automatic disk defragmentation, as well as antivirus updates and scans. Additionally,...
How to Change "Automatic Maintenance" Settings in Windows 8 and 8.1 Windows depends on execution of inbox and third party maintenance activity for much of its value-add, including Windows Update, and automatic disk defragmentation, as well as antivirus updates and scans. Additionally,...
Hey guys, So today I decided to leave my computer turned on while I went out of my house to do something. When I came back, as usual the Windows automatic maintenance was running. So, I moved my mouse to tell the computer it was no longer idle so it would stop the maintenance. Usually it does...
I need to know this, as I hear Defragmentation can damage an SSD if it is performed on it. Now we know Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 possess the Automatic Maintenance routine, where it starts to run some maintenance tasks when the computer is idle (apparently after 4 minutes of not detecting user...
When my 8.1 laptop lost time and I didn't understand why I looked in Control Panel/System Security/Action Centre and altho the Automatic Maintenance says No action needed the last run date is unknown and Windows was unable to determine the last date maintenance was run. If I try to Start...
Automatic Maintenance in Performance & Maintenance
Just had a few simple questions concerning "Automatic Maintenance." I have this set, and it is set to run daily at 3:00am. Sometimes, (on days off) I start this maintenance before the scheduled time. Anyways, here are my questions. 1. What does the maintenance actually do? 2. Is it...
I know you can sign off but when someone else gets on your computer e_mails open up for all to see.Is there any way to set it up so you can only view e_mails by signing in.
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook