The power plan settings in windows 10 is a set of hardware and system options that controls how power is used and preserved by your PC. These power plans in windows 10 can help you save energy and maximize system performance.
Default Windows 10 Power Plans
By default, your windows 10 PC comes with the following power plans
- Balanced: Saves power when you don’t need it and offers full performance when you need it. This is the optimal and default selected power plan for most users.
- Power Saver: The power saver plan sacrifices performance and reduces screen brightness to save power. This power plan can help you get the most from a single battery charge if you are using a laptop.
- High Performance: This plan uses a lot of energy since it maximizes brightness and may also increase performance. Because of its configuration, your laptop battery will not last long between charges.
- Ultimate Performance: Only available by default in Windows 10 build 17101 for Windows 10 Pro Workstation editions. This plan builds on the current High-Performance power plan and further to eliminate micro-latencies associated with fine-grained power management techniques thereby providing ultimate performance on higher-end PCs.
Much to your dismay, you may sometimes notice that in Power Options one or more of the power plan settings may be missing.
In this tutorial, we will see how to fix and restore the missing power plan options in windows 10.
Restoring Windows 10 Missing Power Plan Options Using Command Prompt
You may watch the video below if you are more of a visual person, other wise continue below.
- Step 1: Open an elevated command prompt by right-clicking on the start button and selecting Command Prompt (Admin)
- Step 2: Copy and paste the following commands in the command prompt window. Press enter for each command that you paste.
(Power saver) powercfg -duplicatescheme a1841308-3541-4fab-bc81-f71556f20b4a (Balanced) powercfg -duplicatescheme 381b4222-f694-41f0-9685-ff5bb260df2e (High Performance) powercfg -duplicatescheme 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c (Ultimate Performance - Windows 10 build 17101 and later) powercfg -duplicatescheme e9a42b02-d5df-448d-aa00-03f14749eb61
After pasting and pressing enter, you should see a confirmation as seen below for each command
You can now close the command prompt window. You may not have to restart your PC as the plans may be immediately available so check your control panel before considering restarting your PC
Restoring Windows 10 Missing Power Plan Options Using POW File
This option can be helpful if the first method didn’t work for you.
- Start by downloading and saving the archive below onto your PC.
- Extract the “[joyhints.com] Default_Power_Plans” zip archive you just download to your desktop.
- Open an elevated command prompt by right-clicking on the start button and selecting Command Prompt (Admin)
- Type or copy and paste the following command into the elevated command prompt and press enter to import the power(.pow) plan for each power plan.
powercfg -import "Full path of .pow file
Change “Full path of .pow file” in the command above with the actual path of the .pow file. Final path should look like below.
powercfg -import "C:\Users\joyhints\Desktop\Ultimate Performance.pow"
After importing all power plans or the ones you choose, close the elevated command window and check your power options for the new power plans.
Thats a wrap for how to restore the missing power plan options in windows 10.