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Product or method that will allow me to schedule all heavy background tasks (updates, scans, etc)?

Product or method that will allow me to schedule all heavy background tasks (updates, scans, etc)?

So, frequently I notice my computer is running like a dog and check task manager to find out that google desktop is indexing, virus scan is running, windows update is downloading stuff, other programs (java, google pack, etc) are downloading or applying updates, etc. Is there any way to get all these intensive background tasks set up to run at the same time every week, or to run only when I ask them to, or something of that nature? I am running Windows XP unfortunately.

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"Windows Update is scheduled from the System Properties control panel. Schedule this to run last thing early in the morning.

A good virus scanner has scheduling features. I have mine scheduled to update at 2PM and scan at 2AM.

Java Update Scheduler can be tamed by removing it from startup, and then using Task Scheduler to launch it at whatever time you want. You would also need to schedule some task to kill the process again though.

Whatever you end up doing, don't schedule everything to run simultaneously. Everything will be competing for CPU time. Figure out approximately how long things take to run and stagger them out so that they don't run simultaneously, or at least not for very long.

Here's the daily schedule I use:
2:00 PM - antivirus definition update
11:00 PM - backup
2:00 AM - antivirus scan
3:30 AM - defrag
5:00 AM - Windows Update"