While using any operating system, the users are supposed to perform some maintenance related tasks on their own in order to keep their operating system up and running. However, Windows 10 provides its users with the capability to automate these maintenance tasks and takes off that burden of performing these tasks manually from the users’ shoulders. In this article, we will explain to you the method through which you can automate the common maintenance tasks such as disk cleanup and defragmentation in Windows 10.

Automating Disk Cleanup and Defragmentation in Windows 10

In order to automate the common maintenance tasks such as disk cleanup and defragmentation in Windows 10, you will need to perform the following steps:

Type settings in the search section of your taskbar and click on the search result to launch the settings window. The newly opened Settings window is shown in the following image:

Open Windows Settings

Now click on the System tab as highlighted in the image shown above.

In the System Settings window, click on the Storage tab.

System Settings window > Storage

Now turn on the toggle button corresponding to the field saying, “Windows can automatically free up space by getting rid of files you do not need, like temporary files and the content in your Recycle Bin” as highlighted in the image shown below:

Windows can automatically free up space by getting rid of files you do not need, like temporary files and the content in your Recycle Bin

Click on the link saying, “Change how we free up space automatically” in order to customize the Storage Sense settings according to your own choice.

Change how we free up space automatically

Here you will be able to set up the duration for keeping the temporary files in your computer system. Moreover, you can also decide when to start cleaning up your computer system with the help of this window. It is shown in the following image:

Set temporary file keep duration

By following the steps mentioned above, you will be able to automate the disk cleanup, which would otherwise have been a very tedious task to accomplish.

Now we will look at the method of automating defragmentation. Windows 10 already has automated the hard drive defragmentation by default. However, you can always choose a time for the occurrence of this task. Generally, at the scheduled time, Windows 10 wakes up your computer system from sleep in order to perform this task. You can also choose whether to do this or not.

For doing this, type control panel in the search section of your taskbar and click on the search result to launch the control panel window. The newly opened Control Panel window is shown in the following image:

Open Windows Control Panel

Now click on the System and Security tab as highlighted in the image shown above.

In the System and Security window, click on the Security and Maintenance tab.

Security and Maintenance

Now expand the Maintenance section by clicking on the arrow located next to it.

Maintenance section

Click on the Change Maintenance Settings link as highlighted in the image shown above.

Here you can choose the time for the occurrence of your hard drive defragmentation and other maintenance tasks such as security updates etc. Moreover, you can also allow or disallow Windows 10 to wake up your computer system from sleep for performing the maintenance tasks. These settings are highlighted in the image shown below:

Automatic Maintenance

Once you are done with the customization of your settings, just click on the OK button in order to save your settings.

Conclusion

By following the method discussed in this article, you can easily automate the common maintenance tasks such as disk cleanup and defragmentation in Windows 10. Windows 10 takes care of some of these tasks itself but you can still decide the time of occurrence of these tasks. If you manage to follow all these steps correctly, you can hand over your responsibility of manually performing the common maintenance tasks to Windows 10, which can do them automatically for you.

How to Automate Common Maintenance Tasks (Disk Cleanup and Defragmentation) in Windows 10
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