This article explains how to manually start or stop Windows Automatic Maintenance (WAM) in Windows 11.
Windows Automatic Maintenance (WAM) is a feature that combines various background tasks and performs them all at once at a scheduled time, usually 2 AM by default.
The WAM tasks include keeping the Windows operating system (OS) and applications up-to-date, checking security, and running scans for malware.
Windows lets you change WAM schedules if the default 2 AM time isn’t suitable and lists all available device tasks. You can also manually start and stop Windows Automatic Maintenance anytime you wish.
Start or stop Windows Automatic Maintenance
As described above, users can manually start or stop WAM anytime without waiting for its default scheduled time.
Here’s how to do that.
First, open the Control Panel app.
Then go to the Control Panel > System and Security > Security and Maintenance > Automatic Maintenance page.
On the Maintenance settings page, click the
Start maintenance link to start WAM manually. You will see the start link if Windows Automatic Maintenance isn’t running.
If WAM is running, you will see the
Stop maintenance link. To stop Windows Automatic Maintenance, click the
Stop Maintenance link highlighted below.
When you are done, close the Control Panel app.
Manually Start or stop WAM via Windows Terminal
Another way to start or stop Windows Automatic Maintenance is to use PowerShell or the Comment Prompt.
To do that, first, open the Windows Terminal app.
When the Terminal app opens, run the command below to start or stop WAM.
Start Windows Automatic Maintenance:
Stop Windows Automatic Maintenance:
That should do it!
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