How to choose Power Plan in Windows 10

How to choose Power Plan in Windows 10

Power plan is a collection of hardware settings and systems that manage how a computer uses energy. Power plans can save you energy, maximize system performance or strike a balance between the two.

All users (standard and admin) can make changes to any of the power plan settings. Changes made to the power plan will affect all users with the same options.

Power plan options in Windows 10

Windows 10 includes the following default power plans:

Balanced – This option provides full performance when you need it and saves power when you don’t. This is the best power plan for most people.

Power saver – This option saves energy by reducing PC performance and screen brightness. If you are using a laptop, this power plan can help you get the most out of it with just one battery charge.

High performance – This option maximizes screen brightness and can increase PC performance. This power plan uses more power, so the laptop battery won’t last long between charges.

Ultimate Performance – Only available in Windows 10 Pro for Workstations, starting with Windows 10 build 17101. This option provides optimal performance on high-end PCs. It builds on the existing High-Performance policy and goes one step further to eliminate micro-latency associated with Fine Grained Power Management techniques.

Since this power scheme (a set of settings that controls a computer’s power usage) is geared toward minimizing latency, it can directly affect the hardware and consume more power than with the default Balanced option. The Ultimate Performance option is not available on battery-powered systems.

Custom power plans – These power plans are only available if your PC manufacturer (OEM) provides additional power plans and / or you create a custom power plan. They are available to all users.

Custom power plans appear provided by you or provided by an OEM

The next section will show you how to choose which power plan to use by default in Windows 10.

Select a power plan in Power Options

1. Perform step 2, step 3 or step 4 below depending on how you want to open Power Options.

2. Right-click or click and hold the Power icon in the notification area, click on Power Options and go to step 5 below.

Click on Power Options

3. Open Control Panel (icon view), click the Power Options icon and go to step 5 below.

4. Open Power User Tasks Win + X menu, click on Power Options and go to step 5 below.

5. Select the power plan (eg High performance ) you want to use by default for your account.

Select a power plan

6. Now, you can close Power Options if you want.

Select a power plan in Windows Mobility Center

1. Right-click or click and hold the Power icon in the notification area and click Windows Mobility Center (mblctr.exe) .

Click Windows Mobility Center

2. In the Power drop-down menu, select the power plan (eg High performance ) you want to use by default for your account.

In the Power drop-down menu, select the power plan

3. Now, you can close Windows Mobility Center if you want.

Select the power plan in Command Prompt

1. Open Command Prompt.

2. Copy and paste the command:

powercfg /List

Or:

powercfg /L

… Go to Command Prompt and press Enter . This will give you a list of all available power plans on your PC along with their GUID. Please write down the GUID of the power plan you want to select.

List of all available power plans on PC along with the GUID

Note : Power plan with an asterisk * to the right is the currently active option.

3. Enter one of the two commands below into the Command Prompt and press Enter .

powercfg /S GUID

Or:

powercfg /setactive GUID

Replace the GUID in the above command with the actual GUID from step 2 for the power plan you want to select.

Enter the command into the Command Prompt

For example:

(Balanced)

powercfg /S 381b4222-f694-41f0-9685-ff5bb260df2e

(High performance)

powercfg /S 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c

(Power saver)

powercfg /S a1841308-3541-4fab-bc81-f71556f20b4a

(Ultimate Performance)

powercfg /S e9a42b02-d5df-448d-aa00-03f14749eb61

4. Now, you can close the Command Prompt if you want.

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