How to disable background maintenance tasks on Windows 10

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  1. Phoenix

    Phoenix MDL Expert

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    A friend of mine is complaining that sometimes he sees the disk activity / CPU usage is high because Windows is running some maintenance tasks.

    How to disable them all for good?
     
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  2. OldMX

    OldMX MDL Senior Member

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    Yeah right...Tell "your friend" to use Windows Task Scheduler to disable the maintenance tasks :rolleyes:
     
  3. bjf2000

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    As if it was that easy! I tried once to get Windows to stop the furious activity that occurs when you don't touch the PC for 4 consecutive minutes. I used the invaluable TaskSchedulerView (Nirsoft), which gives you one view (unlike Task Scheduler) to show you what has run lately--including some tasks that don't even show up in Task Scheduler.

    In short, it's not just one. It's many. And good luck finding them all, because once you disable one, you'll find that there's another right behind it. There's always another one. I eventually gave up.
     
  4. Juniper Phoenix

    Juniper Phoenix MDL Novice

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    I've noticed on my desktop that the hard drives grind away, 100%-looking usage, when the screensaver is on (5m~), on Windows 10, and now that I put 7 back on it, I can hear it doing it there too. I haven't found a solution and can't see any specific thing using the disks.
     
  5. lobo11

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    #5 lobo11, May 27, 2016
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    Buy more RAM, lol:D

    Also, for those who have SSD's, Go to Start button, all programs, Windows Administrative tools
    Defragment and optimize drive, uncheck run on a schedule, so it does not run attempt to, or whatever.:D
     
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  6. Hadron-Curious

    Hadron-Curious MDL Guru

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    What effect does defragment have on SSD?
     
  7. OldMX

    OldMX MDL Senior Member

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    If you disable the SSD optimization windows stops sending the trim signal to the drive, it never gets defragmented as a mechanical drive.
     
  8. lobo11

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  9. Garbellano

    Garbellano MDL Addicted

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    install MiNT. Games in windows are unpiratable now, there is no point to run windows anymore.
     
  10. vuze4u

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    TRIM works on windows and file system level. Disable a defrag program scheduler should not affect TRIM procedure directly.
     
  11. lobo11

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    Read link I posted previous page, talks about TRIM
     
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  12. vuze4u

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    Read it, article talk about filesystem metadata reaches maximum fragmentation and can get users into "unstated" trouble.

    If i understand right, the author is explaining an SSD defrag is not a traditional (platter disk) data defrag. While the concept: a write to a memory cell is a write that count toward degradation, for that i figure the only closest i can relate is the memory cell mapping on NAND controller that memorizes/maps the data blocks on the memory cells, it can become corrupt in someways i'm not quite remembering but happens to some older gen SSDs and a sanitation is necessary to reset the controller's cell mapping storage and destroys memory cell data at the same time.
     
  13. Palladin

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    Update Orchestrator and Usoclient.exe

    Approximately four minutes after Win-10 starts, it calls usoclient.exe which is part of the Update Orchestrator. If you watch closely after Win-10 starts and at around 4-4-1/2 minutes after it starts up you will see a cmd window pop open and close right away. That's this Orchestrator stuff running.

    You can disable it in the Task Scheduler. Screen shots attached.

    usoclient-exe-1.png usoclient-exe-WinSxS.png Update-Orchestrator.png
     
  14. lobo11

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    So the bottom line is do we leave defrag on or off :confused:

    Default or it is installed in ON state
     
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  15. vuze4u

    vuze4u MDL Member

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    To date i only know SSDs are well designed to take care of itself from failures, possible optimizations can be by OS kernel/driver level but most importantly the NAND controller via firmware. So a defrag program don't make sense to prolong the lifespan by defrag a GPT or NTFS file system by rewriting data over again on the memory cells, because GPT and NTFS are actual data stored in memory cells. But can it boost performance? Not tested but possible.

    W7, W10 install come with Defragmenter scheduled to run but i just disables it, sure i don't mind the trade off of little longer memory cell life over temporary performance boost and been using my only 128GB SSD as main boot since 2012, sanitized least 5 times and reinstalled OS probably around 10 times.
     
  16. foo3495

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    i leave it
    Default / On

    Windows should automatically detect that you have an SSD and enable TRIM
     
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  17. Tiger-1

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    yep dude talk to your friend first google and after look on Winaero website download Winaero tweaker scrool the several options and find this magician tweak to disable this task ok. ;)
     
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  18. lobo11

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