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    Export and Import Power Plan in Windows 10

    Export and Import Power Plan in Windows 10

    How to Export and Import a Power Plan in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Performance & Maintenance
    13 Mar 2017
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    How to Export and Import a Power Plan in Windows 10

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    A power plan is a collection of hardware and system settings that manages how computers use and conserve power. A power plan is also known as a power scheme. You can create custom power plans that are optimized for specific computers.

    By default, Windows 10 includes three built-in power plans: Balanced, Power Saver, and High Performance. You can customize these existing plans for your systems, create new plans that are based on the existing plans, or create a new power plan from scratch.

    You can export a power plan and all its settings to a .pow file, then be able to import the .pow file to restore the power plan and it's settings on any Windows PC.

    This tutorial will show you how to export (backup) and import (restore) a power plan along with its settings in Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able export and import power plans.


    CONTENTS:






    Export and Import Power Plan in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Export and Import Power Plan in Windows 10
    To Export a Power Plan

    1. Open an elevated command prompt.

    2. Copy and paste the command below into the elevated command prompt, and press Enter to see a list of all existing power plans on the PC along with their GUID. (see screenshot below)

    powercfg /L

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    3. Make note of the GUID of the power plan (ex: "My Custom Plan 1") you want to export. (see screenshot above)

    4. Type the command below into the command prompt, and press Enter to export the power plan. (see screenshot below)

    powercfg -export "%UserProfile%\Desktop\PowerPlanBackup.pow" GUID

    Note   Note
    Substitute GUID in the command above with the actual GUID from step 3 of the power plan you want to export.

    For example:
    powercfg -export "%UserProfile%\Desktop\PowerPlanBackup.pow" 48569655-ebee-4428-b456-512f207cddc2


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    5. A PowerPlanBackup.pow file will be saved to your desktop as the backup of the power plan. You can rename this file to anything you like, but it must keep the .pow file extension. Save the file to where you like to keep it at.

    6. When finished, you can close the command prompt if you like.






    Export and Import Power Plan in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Export and Import Power Plan in Windows 10
    To Import a Power Plan

    1. Open an elevated command prompt.

    2. Type the command below into the command prompt, and press Enter to export the power plan. (see screenshot below)

    powercfg -import "Full path of .pow file"

    Note   Note
    Substitute Full path of .pow file in the command above with the actual full path of the .pow file of the power plan you exported in Option One.

    For example:
    powercfg -import "%UserProfile%\Desktop\PowerPlanBackup.pow"


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    4. When finished, you can close the command prompt if you like.

    5. Users on the PC will now be able to select the imported power plan as their active power plan.



    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Posts : 46
    Windows 7-pro-sp1 and windows 10-pro-1607
       04 Dec 2016 #1

    Brink, thank you for this. Should come handy when I mess up.
    I did it in elevated cmd. The backups went to admin desktop which is ok.
    Is there anyway to backup the many settings in each plan in a readable .txt format?

    Not sure I understand the impact of point 5. Does this mean that I can now pick another plan from the one I now use and so the new plan becomes active and replaces current?

    And should we restart on changes?
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 22,125
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16241
    Thread Starter
       04 Dec 2016 #2

    Hello 91fw,

    If you have an existing power plan with the same name as the imported power plan, it would replace it.

    If you like, you can use the command below to list all of your power plan GUID numbers.

    powercfg /List

    Afterwards, you could use the command to output the contents of a power plan to a .txt file on your desktop. You would substitute GUID in the command below with the actual GUID of the power plan you want the details of.

    POWERCFG /QUERY GUID >"%UserProfile%\Desktop\PowerPlan.txt"
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  3. Posts : 46
    Windows 7-pro-sp1 and windows 10-pro-1607
       04 Dec 2016 #3

    Brilliant.
    Long ago I disabled hibernate and fast boot. In advanced power setting GUI, in that little window with many settings, hibernation is nowhere to be seen, not in SLEEP, not anywhere.
    I expected to see it there and to be set to NEVER or zero or false.
    Hence my question, and I think I see they do have many variants of hibernation in the .txt output. They just hide it from us. I hate it when M$ does this sort of thing.
    What would we do without your guidance, Brink? Thank you
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  4. Posts : 22,125
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16241
    Thread Starter
       05 Dec 2016 #4

    You're most welcome. I'm glad it could help.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


 

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