How to Enable the Ultimate Performance Power Plan in Windows 10

There is always a complaint about the performance issues in Windows 10. Not much has changed in this section since the days of Windows 7. For providing some relief in that area, Microsoft has included an Ultimate Performance Power Plan in Windows 10 from April 2018 update. After enabling this option, your system would maximize the ever bit of performance output.

Let us briefly discuss what Ultimate Performance Power Plan is and how to enable it on your system.

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What is the Ultimate Performance Power Plan?

Windows Ultimate Performance Power Plan is the productive plan designed for the high-end devices to optimize the performance of the Windows 10 operating system installed in them. Though its main targets are robust systems like workstation or servers, it is available for other Windows 10 users too. It can help you while you are working with heavy software like 3D design apps or while gaming.

Since enabling it would disable all the battery saving or power-saving features, it is by default not available in the devices running on the battery like Windows laptops and tabs.

However, you can easily get this feature and enable it on your laptops. You have to keep in mind that since this mode consumes a lot of power, your laptop must always be plugged into the power supplier.

Other Power Plans for Windows 10

Windows 10 is designed to give you better battery life, as not only is the operating system a lot more optimized, but applications designed for the OS are also designed to be highly efficient — every little bit helps here.

Three more power plans are available in the Windows 10 apart from Ultimate Performance plan. Each adjusts performance differently, and this depends on whether your computer is plugged in or running on battery power.

Tutorials Power Plans
The three predefined power plans in Windows 10

Here’s a brief overview:

Balanced is the default plan, and in most cases, this is sufficient for most users. When you select this, Windows 10 maximizes performance when a computer is connected to power. However, it automatically shifts to efficiency when it is running on battery.

Power Saver, as the name suggests, reduces power usage even when the computer is plugged in. Your processor will run slowly, and you will also see less performance from your wireless networks.

High Performance maximizes performance even when running on battery. And while you will not notice a difference when your computer is plugged in, improved performance will be evident when on battery power. Your computer and wireless network will be as fast as possible in this mode.

If you don’t see High Performance, just click on Show Additional Plans.

How to Enable the Ultimate Performance Power Plan?

Before going forward to the steps to enable the Ultimate Performance Power Plan, check whether your Windows 10 is of at least April 2018 version.

  1. Type Power Settings on the Windows search bar and click on the suitable icon.
    Power & Sleep

  2. On the left pane, look for Power & Sleep and click on it.
    Power & Sleep settings

  3. Under Related settings, click on Additional power settings.
    Related Settings

  4. Expand Show additional plans

  5. Then, look for the Ultimate Performace option and click on the bullet option to enable it.
    Ultimate Performance

For some devices, mainly the battery-powered ones, this option is unavailable.

If you can not find the option, you can get it using the Command Prompt or the Windows PowerShell command. You can use any of them; the command is the same for both.

  1. First, open the Command Prompt with admin rights.Open Command Prompt as Admin
  2. Type or paste the following command and hit enter: powercfg -duplicatescheme e9a42b02-d5df-448d-aa00-03f14749eb61command to enable ultimate performance
  3.  Close the Power Options windows if it was already open and re-open it. The Ultimate Performance plan would be available.
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Final Words

So which power plan to use?

The balanced mode is best for typical usage, and if you want you can go in and adjust the advanced settings. When on road, or during a flight, it might be a good idea to switch to Power Saver mode. If you are performing some heavy tasks that require full computation power, it would be best to enable Ultimate Performance mode.

It usually comes down to adjusting power settings for specific scenarios.

1. Is Ultimate Performance available on the HP laptop?

The Ultimate Performance Power Plan is available for all Windows desktops and laptops, which are at least of the April 2018 version. Although the option might be hidden in some devices, you can get it through the steps provided in this guide.

2. Is it safe to use Ultimate Performance on battery-powered devices?

Using the Ultimate Performance Power Plan on the laptop is not a problem for the system directly. However, it would deteriorate the battery life because power is rapidly consumed in this mode, so the device must be plugged in all the time.

3. What is High Performance power plan?

The High Performance Power Plan uses the more computing power and helps you during some heavy tasks or while playing games.

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3 thoughts on “How to Enable the Ultimate Performance Power Plan in Windows 10”

  1. I liked the options for power saving on the Windows 8.1 software, so I am hoping that the options for Windows 10 are even better. From what I see here, you have plenty of control.

  2. I like to have control over what is on or off after a certain period of time. Power saving mode for Windows 10 looks to be better than I can remember Windows XP/7 was back in the day, right?

  3. I also used these specifically in the Windows 8 software and found they are very useful. I am hoping that Windows 10 brings a few more options.


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