How to Schedule Automatic Maintenance on Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users steps to schedule automatic system maintenance on Windows 11. Automatic Maintenance is a feature in Windows that combines a number of different background tasks and performs them all at once at a scheduled time, usually 2 AM by default.

Windows automatic maintenance windows is set to run for 1 hour only. If the tasks don’t complete within that hour, Windows will stop and complete the task during its next maintenance window. If the computer is turned off and the tasks are not run, Windows will run the tasks the next available time when your computer is not being used.

Windows System Maintenance tasks include Windows Updates, security scanning and other system diagnostic.

Windows Automatic System Maintenance is enabled by default, and Microsoft recommends that it remains that way. However, if your PC is usually not turned on at 2 AM daily, you can change and update the scheduled run time to a different slot so you cam make sure the tasks are running daily.

To get started with scheduling automatic system maintenance on Windows 11, follow the steps below.

How to change automatic maintenance run time on Windows 11

As mentioned above, Windows automatic system maintenance tasks run at 2 AM daily. If your computer is usually not running at that time of the day, you can change the scheduled run time to a time when your computer will be on and not in use.

To do that, follow the steps below.

You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to change or manage Automatic Maintenance.

First, open the Control Panel. You can do that by clicking on the Start button, then searching for Control Panel. Under Best match, click the Control Panel app to open it.

windows 11 control panel search

When the Control Panel opens, navigate to System and Security > Security and Maintenance. 

windows 11 automatic system maintenance

On the settings pane, click the down-facing caret to expand the Maintenance settings. There, click Change maintenance settings link as highlighted below.

windows 11 change maintenance settings

On the Automatic Maintenance pane, change the time you want Windows automatic maintenance to run. Click OK to save your change and close out.

windows 11 automatic maintenance time changed

There’s no way to actually stop these automatic maintenance tasks. This feature is there to help your computer run smoothly and efficiently, so you may want to keep it running daily.


This post showed you how to schedule Windows automatic maintenance. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.


  1. The Box that needs checking is greyed out. I cannot activate this.

  2. The check box “Allow scheduled maintenance to wake up my computer…” IS USELESS.
    It will wake up regardless, at least on DELL Precision Laptop.

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