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I run this copy of Windows 8 Professional in a virtual machine and every time I leave that VM for just a couple of minutes the OS starts using up an enormous amount of HDD that significantly slows down my host machine. It turns out that Windows 8 begins what they call "Scheduled scan" when there's no user input:


and as soon I switch back to the VM with Windows 8 the HDD "hogging" stops. Obviously this is very annoying!

In light of this, I'd like to ask how to stop this background scanning?

PS. I tried going to the Action Center and schedule maintenance for 3AM or something remote but that doesn't seem to have any effect.

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