We can manually start or stop Windows 8 Automatic Maintenance even thought by default it is set to run automatically. We can also change the automatic default run time of the Windows 8 Automatic Maintenance. Windows 8 Automatic Maintenance is simply a way for Windows 8 to check files, and apply automatic fixes that the user might not even be aware of. Automatic Maintenance is another great feature in Windows 8.This tutorial will explain how you can manually start or stop Automatic Maintenance in your Windows 8, and it will also explain how to change the settings of Windows 8 Automatic Maintenance.
Note: Make sure you are logged in as an admin, in order to be able to perform the steps mentions in this tutorial.
To manually start or stop Windows 8 Automatic Maintenance follow the below steps
From the Windows 8 Start screen Interface, simply start typing “Control Panel” and the Control Panel option will be displayed, click on it to open Control Panel as seen in the below screenshots.
Note: A shorter way would be going to desktop (you can select desktop from the Start screen), and then clicking on the small flag located in the right bottom of the screen and then select Open Action Center.
Once you open the Action Center, make sure you view by small icons, and then select Action Center and the below screen will appear.
Click on Security, and then select Start maintenance, and maintenance will start instantly.
Note: you can stop maintenance by clicking on “Stop Maintenance” at any point of time.
To change Windows 8 Automatic Maintenance setting :
Follow the same instructions mentioned in Step 1 and Step 2.
From the Action Center, choose “Change maintenance” settings
Select the time you want to set. You can also check on the “Allow scheduled maintenance” option to wake your computer if it is plugged in the scheduled time. This will make sure that Automatic Maintenance runs as long as your system is plugged.
Note: the exe file for Automatic Maintenance is located at \Windows\System32\MSchedExe.exe