Change Power Plan Settings in Windows 10  

    Change Power Plan Settings in Windows 10

    Change Power Plan Settings in Windows 10

    How to Change Power Plan Settings in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Performance & Maintenance
    22 Apr 2020
    Designer Media Ltd


    How to Change Power Plan Settings in Windows 10


    A power plan is a collection of hardware and system settings that manages how your computer uses power. Power plans can help you save energy, maximize system performance, or achieve a balance between the two.

    All users (standard and administrator) will be able to make changes to any power plan settings.

    Changes made to a power plan will affect all users that have chosen the same power plan as their default active power scheme.

    Windows 10 provides the following default plans:
    • Balanced - Offers full performance when you need it and saves power when you don't. This is the best power plan for most people.
    • Power saver - Saves power by reducing PC performance and screen brightness. If you're using a laptop, this plan can help you get the most from a single battery charge.
    • High performance - Maximizes screen brightness and might increase PC performance. This plan uses a lot more energy, so your laptop battery won't last as long between charges.
    • Ultimate Performance - Only available starting with Windows 10 build 17083. Provides ultimate performance on higher end PCs.
    • Custom power plan - These are only available if either your PC manufacturer (OEM) provided additional power plans, and/or you create a custom power plan. These are available to all users.

    This tutorial will show you how to change the settings of a power plan that you want to customize to reflect how you want Windows 10 to manage power.


    Contents

    • Option One: Change Advanced Power Settings of a Power Plan in Power Options
    • Option Two: Change Screen and Sleep settings of Current Active Power Plan in Settings app






    OPTION ONE

    Change Advanced Power Settings of a Power Plan in Power Options


    1 Do step 2 (Power icon), step 3 (Control Panel), step 4 (Win+X), or step 5 (Settings) below for how you would like to open Power Options.

    2 Right click or press and hold on the Power icon in the notification area, click/tap on Power options, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)

    Change Power Plan Settings in Windows 10-open_power_options.jpg

    3 Open the Control Panel (icons view), click/tap on the Power Options icon, and go to step 6 below.

    4 Open the Win+X Power User Tasks menu, click/tap on the Power Options icon, and go to step 5A below. (see screenshot below)

    Change Power Plan Settings in Windows 10-win-x_power_options.png

    5 Open Settings, and click/tap the System icon. (see screenshot below)

    A) Click/tap on Power & Sleep on the left side, click/tap on the Additional power settings link under Related settings on the right side, and go to step 6 below.

    Change Power Plan Settings in Windows 10-open_power_options_from_settings.png

    6 Click/tap on the Change plan settings link to the right of the power plan that you want to change the settings of. (see screenshot below)

    Normally you would want to change the settings of the power plan that you have selected (dotted) as your default power plan.

    Change Power Plan Settings in Windows 10-power_options.jpg

    7 Click/tap on the Change advanced power settings link. (see screenshots below)

    Change Power Plan Settings in Windows 10-edit_plan_settings_on_battery.jpg

    Change Power Plan Settings in Windows 10-edit_plan_settings.jpg

    8 You can now make changes to the power plan settings below to suite your needs. When finished, click/tap on OK. (see screenshots below)

    If you have a computer with a battery (ex: laptop or tablet), or connected to a UPS, then you will be able to change these settings for when your computer is on battery and plugged in.

    Change Power Plan Settings in Windows 10-advanced_power_options.jpg]






    OPTION TWO

    Change Screen and Sleep settings of Current Active Power Plan in Settings app


    1 Open Settings, and click/tap on the System icon.

    2 Click/tap on Power & sleep on the left side, and set the Screen and Sleep settings to what you want for your current power plan. (see screenshot below)

    3 When finished, you can close Settings if you like.

    Change Power Plan Settings in Windows 10-settings_power-sleep.png


    That's it,
    Shawn




  1. Posts : 116
    Windows 10 x64
       #1

    Are there registry key of Power Plan Settings?
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  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,683
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19631
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       #2

    Hello evildog, :)

    The Power Plan Settings are located below in the registry, but it's not recommended to set them here unless you really know how.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\PowerSettings

    If you like, you can use Option 3 or 4 below as an example for how to set power plan settings using the command prompt.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/...a.html#option3
    Last edited by Brink; 25 Jan 2017 at 11:05.
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  3. prikker's Avatar
    Posts : 466
    Windows 10 Home
       #3

    I set my laptop to High Performance, because I never use the battery.
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  4. Posts : 116
    Windows 10 x64
       #4

    Thanks Brink and i know what i'm doing with registry keys
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  5. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,683
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19631
    Thread Starter
       #5

    You're most welcome evildog1. I know you do mate. It was more of a warning for others that may not to help prevent issues. :)
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  6. Posts : 26
    win 10
       #6

    what about the ryzen balanced power plan?i had problems with that plan... cpu always on max clock etc.....

    but what is a POWER PLAN for a cpu? something like the GOVERNOR on an android kernel? on android i know there are lots of governors, they simply scale higher/lower frequencies based on aggressive or moderate ramping.... but on windows10?
    the most near think similar to a governor is the "power plan" but they simply do not explain any additional info. i can just see minimum and maximum processor state in %.... and i always set minimum 5% max 100" but if i remember correctly ryzen plan and high performance set these values at 100/100 and it's simply not clear why......

    imho i just would a cpu that stays on lowest freq on basic tasks like youtube and browsing... and use higher freq for more demanding tasks like games or antivirus scanning etc
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  7. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,683
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19631
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Hello @realista87,

    Correct. Those settings below are to set a minimum and maximum limit for your CPU (processor).

    Setting a lower max can be useful if you're having over heating issues with the CPU. Usually with a laptop though.


    Add or Remove Minimum processor state from Power Options in Windows | Tutorials

    Add or Remove Maximum Processor Frequency in Windows 10 Power Options | Tutorials
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