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How to Stop Windows 8 Waking Up Your PC to Run Maintenance


Windows 8 comes with a new hybrid boot system, this means that your PC is never really off. It also means that Windows has the permission to wake your PC as it needs. Here’s how to stop it from waking up your PC to do maintenance tasks.

How to Stop Windows 8 Waking Up Your PC to Run Maintenance

Right click in the bottom left hand corner of your screen to bring up the WinX menu and launch the Control Panel.


When the Control Panel opens head into the System and Security section.


Then into the Action Center.


Now you will need to expand the Maintenance section.


Then click on the Change maintenance settings hyperlink.


Here you will see a box that allows Windows to wake your PC up to do maintenance tasks, uncheck it.


That’s all there is to it, click OK and you are good to go.


Note: we don’t recommend changing this setting, but it is good to know.

Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 11/4/12

Comments (8)

  1. Jack

    Wow this is crazy!

    I don’t think they already do this in windows 7?

  2. Tresfjording

    Great advice… We cannot have electrical appliances starting up in the middle of the night, and heat up the processor, which the set fire to the dust, and suddenly the whole house is engulfed in flames. Arrg…

  3. Bob

    Maybe the Win 8 RTM setting is unticked. I just checked my machine and it was unticked and certainly not by me before this. Actually my machine(s) can never wake to do maintenance because of a magic invention called a power switch on the wall outlet.

  4. Pete

    Hahahaha .. Good one Bob! .. Lol
    And thx How to Geek for GREAT tips .. Excellent!

  5. Fyrewerx

    I don’t mind Win 8 waking my PC for “certain” maintenance. I actually have one of my Win 7 PCs wake at a specific time to basically do “nothing” but be on when I get up in the morning.

    What I want to be sure of is that the “maintenance” Win 8 will do does NOT include defragging my “C” Drive … which is an SSD. How can we tell WHAT maintenance is being performed by Win 8?

  6. Mike

    I don’t allow my computer to stay up at all. Who knows what creep is knocking at the door and if he will get in. Banks and other institutions have hordes of IT staff, but I only have me and I am not going to spend the time to dither around with security. So I just turn the computer off and run this stuff while I am around doing other stuff and keep an eye on what it does. Every so often I just re-install (off the Internet) and image the system. I usually do this when I do my laundry. I then update the patches and repeat as often as needed. An automated process that takes about an hour. I also give it an enema to flush the various caches, email addresses, passwords etc. etc. once in awhile and so far no issues. My rule of thumb is if I get more than four rogue emails its time to flush. I re-image about every three or four months.

  7. Henk

    Have a desktop? Just pull out the plug…

  8. Phil

    I put Windows 8 on a PC belonging to an isolated domain (no direct access to the internet). I just disable sleep completely and have the screensaver password protected. Then again, it is behind the doors of a high security facility so there is limited physical access to it as well. Remote access is with multi-factor authentication and very limited, but still necessary. Sleep mode with windows 8 would keep me from accessing the client PC for some reason – this was not a problem with Win7.

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