How to Turn Off Scheduled Tasks in Windows 10 to Get Better Performance

You probably know that you are able to manage and disable Startup programs under the Startup tab in the Task Manager, but there are some other things that are not included there that may also be launching when your PC starts. The things that are unveiled in this page are Scheduled Tasks.

For instance, this one can run at login or at any other time of the day when you are working on your PC. The program updation tasks like Google updater or Antivirus updater are included in most of these tasks. Most of them that are found under Schedule Tasks list on Windows are harmless. Even though they are harmless, you still have to get rid of some of them.

The program or process started by the task is able to be found under the Action tab. If you want to disable a scheduled task, all that you need to do is to right click on the task and choose Disable.

In order to disable the scheduled tasks on your PC, please follow these following steps. The first thing that you have to do is to see the list of the scheduled tasks on your PC, which can be done by right clicking This PC icon on Desktop and choosing Manage. Then, expand System Tools and Task Scheduler and then press the Task Scheduler Library. In the library, you will be able to see which programs are scheduled to run at which time of the day in the list of items. There is the Triggers column that will show you when it will run. If you want to see more information about the task and what it does, you can just choose it and use the tabs below. Please read the description about the process under the General tab.

The program or process started by the task is able to be found under the Action tab. If you want to disable a scheduled task, all that you need to do is to right click on the task and choose Disable. Keep in mind to not delete any task because you may have to enable some of them later on. You are recommended to disable the ones related to those programs that you do not want to use. It works fine for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10. However, some people say that unlike the other versions of Windows, the Windows 10 Task Scheduler does not have an off switch. The good news is that it is possible for you to find the item in the Task Manager and manually make it disabled, even though some users will want to immediately reactivate the service after leaning Battery mode.

Turning off the scheduled tasks is not the only thing to get the better performance. There are some other ways that you can try to get the better performance. Here are some other ways to make it possible:

  1. Turning off Startup programs with the Startup tab of the Windows 10 Task Manager
  2. Logging with a Window Administrator Account
  3. Disabling services on your Desktop Windows 10 Pro computer which usually used for web browsing, watching video files, office work, and gaming
  4. Turning off the third party software services from software and hardware drivers for faster performance
  5. Turning off the Automatic Windows Store Apps updates and live tile in Windows Store settings
  6. Disabling the Prefetch and Superfetch in Regedit Registry editor
  7. Switching to High Performance Power Plan and disabling Fast Startup in Windows 10 Power Options in Control Panel
  8. Disabling Fast Startup to make Windows perform a regular shutdown when shutting down
  9. Turning off the visual effects like shadows and adjusting the visual appearance in Windows 10
  10. Relocating the visual RAM SWAP/page file to a non-system hard drive for computers with two or more hard drives
  11. Turning off the transparency for Windows desktop Taskbar, Action Center, and the other ones in the Color section of Windows Personalized Program
  12. Turning off the ClearType Text in Display settings
  13. Etc.

If you want to disable the Desktop Windows Pro computer that mostly used for office work, gaming, browsing, and watching video games, here is the list:

  • Auto Time Zone Updater
  • BitLocker Drive Encryption Service
  • Bluetooth Handsfree Service
  • Bluetooth Support Service
  • BranchCache
  • Certificate Propagation
  • CNG Key Isolation
  • Connected Device Platform Service
  • Connected User Experiences and Telemetry
  • Diagnostic Policy Service
  • Diagnostic Service Host
  • Distributed Link Tracking Client
  • DNS Client
  • Dmwappushservice
  • Downloaded Maps Manager
  • Encrypting File System (EFS)
  • Function Discovery Provider Host
  • Function Discovery Resource Publication
  • Geolocation Service
  • HomeGroup Listener
  • HomeGroup Provider
  • Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)
  • IP Helper
  • Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service
  • Microsoft Windows SMS Router Service
  • Netlogon
  • Network Connections
  • Offline Files
  • Portable Device Enumerator Service
  • Print Spooler (Needed for printer. Don’t disable if you use a printer in Windows 10.)
  • Program Compatibility Assistant Service
  • Remote Registry
  • Routing and Remote Access
  • Server
  • Shell Hardware Detection
  • Smart Card
  • SNMP Trap
  • SSDP Discovery
  • Storage Service
  • Superfetch
  • TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
  • Themes
  • Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service
  • Windows Biometric Service (needed for fingerprint readers)
  • Windows Error Reporting Service
  • Windows Event Collector
  • Windows Font Cache Service
  • Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)
  • Windows Search
  • WinHTTP Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Service
  • Workstation

Keep in mind to not disable the ones that you may need like BitLocker if you use the Bitlocker Drive Encryption program built-into Windows 10 Pro.

There are a ton of services that you can leave set to manual as the startup type because they only run when needed and do not startup when you start your computer. One of the examples of the services is called Drive Optimizer. The Windows Defender Service, Windows Defender Network Inspection Service, and Windows Firewall can be disabled if you already have the third-party antivirus and firewall program installed in Windows 10. If you want to access the Windows, you will have to use the Windows Control Panel, and you will need to use the Windows Firewall programs if you want to turn off the Windows Defender and Windows Firewall. Turning off the Windows Defender and Firewall is a good idea if you already use a third-party antivirus and firewall to prevent the slow down and reliability issues.