Windows 10: Power Mode Slider

  1.    13 Dec 2017 #1

    Power Mode Slider

    Since the Power Mode Slider can be set differently for Plugged In, and not Plugged In, why would I ever want it set to anything other than Best Performance when Plugged In?
    Last edited by JeffL; 13 Dec 2017 at 15:48.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2.    13 Dec 2017 #2

    1. To save energy, or reduce on overall power consumption (two ways of saying the same thing)
    2. To provide "OK/adequate" performance when highest performance isn't needed (many applications such as Web browsing, reading email, working with basic Office features or equivalent desktop productivity stuff, don't need highest performance to work acceptably)
    3. To keep the circuitry running cooler, thereby extending probable device lifetime (running faster means running hotter, and is likely to shorten device longevity)

    Chris Hoffman, the How-to Geek himself, has an interesting discussion of this at Should You Use the Balanced, Power Saver, or High Performance Power Plan on Windows? .

    Last edited by EdTittel; 13 Dec 2017 at 10:39. Reason: Fix typo
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  3.    13 Dec 2017 #3

    Well, maybe I'll accept #3 unless I get another reply that changes my mind. But I don't believe #1 would make an iota of difference in anyway that would affect my life. As far as #2 goes, I don't believe throttling down the maximum performance that the system is capable of, to a level that won't be exceeded anyway makes sense. It would be like mechanically blocking a gearshift from going into 4th gear just because you're only driving down a city street, and won't be taking it out of 3rd gear.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4.    13 Dec 2017 #4

    Yes, but where #1 is concerned, think of a large corporation where maybe 1,000 or more identical devices get turned on and run every day. A small savings on one device is no big thing, but a small savings on a thousand or more such devices adds up to something more substantial. Many Windows features make little or no sense for onesie-twosie users, but do make sense for "users in bulk."
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  5.    13 Dec 2017 #5

    OK, That makes sense.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  6.    13 Dec 2017 #6

    It's just to give you options, even if you have no plan to use them. Want to guess how many complaints there would be if it was all greyed out.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


Related Threads
Its always something when I upgrade windows. Each time i tell myself it wont be like the previous mess which always had led me to a clean install, and each time i learn the hard way. Seems the 4th or 5th time isnt the charm. After a few rolls...
Can't turn off battery/power saving mode in Performance & Maintenance
Any time I restart my laptop and I go to performance settings power saving mode is turned on. If i set to high performance, then it doesn't recognizing it and turns power saving back again after restart. If i change advanced settings under power...
High power usage in sleep mode in Performance & Maintenance
In W10 when I leave my laptop in sleep mode overnight, it uses about 10% of battery life. In windows 7 it was way less, to the point that it wasn't even noticeable. Any idea where I should start looking? I have a Thinkpad X220T
power save mode in 10547 in Windows Insider
Desktop will not come out of power save mode after the time allotted setting for screen saver mode expires and after monitor goes into power save mode. There was no issue with this in prior build. What can anyone make of this
I put my computer (HP all in one) in sleep mode to come back to it later. When I bring it back from sleep mode, it remains on low power and is hardly readable. How do I remedy this. Also, my screen saver is set to come on after 10 minutes of...
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:43.
Find Us