Infrequent Computing

Background Tasks

Whenever a PC is running, there are many tasks that are executed "in the background". That is, you may not see any evidence of their actions: There may be no window showing on the DeskTop, and no Tab in the Taskbar. There may also be no icon in the System Notification Area. However, be assured, there are many such tasks executing or standing-by in your machine.

Additionally, some programs, when first started, connect to databases on the internet to ensure that they are up-to-date, or have up-to-date information, and thus perform tasks which are not obvious.

A common example of this is some web browsers now have 'safe surfing' and/or 'anti-phishing' options which, when turned on, must obtain current information before they are fully functional.

Continuous Computing

For a computer that is running all the time, and always connected to the web, this is usually not a problem. If the tasks have been scheduled to begin at reasonable times (very early in the morning), they will not interfere with your work.

As an example, many anti-virus facilities schedule a weekly full-scan of all local hard drives to detect any problems. Typically, then, at the scheduled time, the program will start, query some website for any pending updates, download the updates, then scan the drives. This may take anywhere from minutes to hours to complete, depending on the size of the drives, the efficiency of the scanning program, etc., etc.

If the task is scheduled to begin at, say 4:00 am, then when you sit down to web-surf at 9:00 am, everything will be fine.

Infrequent Computing

However, let's say that your computer isn't always on (it's either off, sleeping, or hibernating), or isn't always connected to the web: You only occasionally turn it on and use it for relatively short periods of time...

So, you start the computer and experience annoyingly slow response.

Here's what might be happening:

In order to ensure that the scheduled tasks perform their duty, they are often created with the options to:
What this means is, that while you're trying to do a quick Google search for a pizza place, your computer is busy trying to catch up on it's maintenance tasks (possibly several), for possibly many days, each time you restart it.

Then, when you're finished with your work (but the scheduled task's work has not completed) and you shutdown/sleep/hibernate the computer, the scheduled process is set to pickup where it left off (or even worse restart) the next time the computer is started.


Therefore, if your computer usage is in the "infrequent" category, the following is suggested:
Windows 10 Updates
Windows update has undergone several changes in the recent past, and seems to still be in a state of flux.
There are various 'deferred updates' options.
You should investigate these, and ensure that you understand what's happening to your computer.


Note that if you make any changes/choices to the standard Microsoft default update regimen, you may receive 'warnings' about compromised security, etc., etc.
Just remember that you've made conscious modifications.

Other Software

There are many software packages that install scheduled tasks: Adobe Reader, iTunes, Java, etc. If you can determine which are active on your system, and tune them as described, you'll experience improved responsiveness.
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