Automatic Maintenance (Windows 10)
Windows 10 has an Automatic Maintenance feature that runs in the background when your computer is idle, which helps maintain the health and performance of your Windows 10 PC. It automates things like disk optimization, disk defragmentation, updating Windows and Windows apps, running security scans, and performing other maintenance routines.
Automatic maintenance is set up on all Windows 10 computers and it’s scheduled to run, by default, at 2:00 AM every day.
If your computer is turned off it won’t run until your computer is running and idle. If your computer is asleep, Automatic maintenance won’t run until your computer is awake and idle. But you can change a setting to allow Automatic Maintenance to wake your computer if it’s asleep and run Automatic maintenance.
From the Automatic maintenance dialog, you can also generate a reliability report and/or change the time Windows Automatic maintenance runs.
To access the Automatic maintenance settings…
1. In the taskbar search, type “Control”
2. Click on Control Panel when it appears at the top.
3. In Control Panel switch to Large Icon view and click on Security & Maintenance.
4. Click on Maintenance (see screenshot below).
5. While in the Maintenance dialog you can generate a reliability report by clicking on “View reliability history”. If you want to change the time at which automatic maintenance run by clicking on “Change maintenance settings”.
6. In Maintenance settings you can change the time at which Automatic maintenance runs. You can also set Automatic maintenance to wake your computer if your computer is asleep at the time. See the screenshot below.
If you normally put your computer to sleep when you’re not using it, allowing Automatic Maintenance to wake your computer to do its maintenance routines is a good idea.