How to Add or Remove 'Link State Power Management' from Power Options in Windows 10

Link State Power Management is a part of the PCI Express Power Management Settings in Power Options that allows users to specify the Active State Power Management (ASPM) policy to use for capable links when the link is idle.

The link state of a PCIe device is converted from L0 (on) to L1 (off) when the link is not transferring data. The hardware is automatically converted to L0 again when data is available to transfer across the link.

There are basically 2 levels of power management in the PCI Express options. The difference between these 2 options are the power savings versus the latency (Time to recover from the Sleep state).

Users can specify the following ASPM policies below:

Off = Turn off ASPM for all links.

Moderate power savings = The system attempts to use the L0 state when the link is idle.

Maximum power savings = The system attempts to use the L1 state when the link is idle.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Link State Power Management setting under PCI Express in Power Options for all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

You must be signed in as an administrator to add or remove this setting in Power Options.

CONTENTS:

• Option One: Add or Remove "Link State Power Management" in Power Options using Command Prompt
• Option Two: Add or Remove "Link State Power Management" in Power Options using REG file

EXAMPLE: "Link State Power Management" in Power Options

OPTION ONE
Add or Remove "Link State Power Management" in Power Options using Command Prompt

1. Open an elevated command prompt.

2. Type the command below you want to use into the elevated command prompt, and press Enter.

powercfg -attributes SUB_PCIEXPRESS ee12f906-d277-404b-b6da-e5fa1a576df5 -ATTRIB_HIDE

OR

(Remove)
powercfg -attributes SUB_PCIEXPRESS ee12f906-d277-404b-b6da-e5fa1a576df5 +ATTRIB_HIDE

3. You can now close the elevated command prompt if you like.

OPTION TWO
Add or Remove "Link State Power Management" in Power Options using REG file

The downloaded .reg files below will modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\PowerSettings\501a4d13-42af-4429-9fd1-a8218c268e20\ee12f906-d277-404b-b6da-e5fa1a576df5

Attributes DWORD

1 = Remove

1. Do step 2 (add) or step 3 (remove) below for what you would like to do.

This is the default setting.

3. To Remove "Link State Power Management" from Power Options