How to Trigger or Cancel On-Demand Automatic Maintenance in Windows 11

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The article provides instructions on how to manually start or stop Windows Automatic Maintenance (WAM) in Windows 11. WAM performs various background tasks such as system updates, security checks, and malware scans. Users can adjust these schedules and manually manipulate WAM through the Control Panel app or Windows Terminal.

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.

Windows 11 manually start or stop automatic maintenance

If WAM is running, you will see the Stop maintenance link. To stop Windows Automatic Maintenance, click the Stop Maintenance link highlighted below.

Windows 11 manually start or stop automatic maintenance

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:

MSchedExe.exe Start

Stop Windows Automatic Maintenance:

MSchedExe.exe Stop

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to start or stop Windows Automatic Maintenance in Windows 11 manually. If you find any errors above or have something to add, please use the comments form below.

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