Windows 10 Tutorials 28 – Power Plans

Welcome to our Windows 10 tutorial series.

We will be spending time walking you through the ins and outs of Windows 10.

An overview of the three power plans available for computers in the latest version of Windows.

Not much has changed in this section since the days of Windows 7.

Windows 10, however, is designed to give you a 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 power plans are included in Windows 10. Each adjusts performance differently, and this depends on whether your computer is plugged in or running on battery power.

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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 this is selected, Windows 10 maximizes performance when a computer is connected to power, but 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 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.

So which power plan to use?

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.

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

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3 thoughts on “Windows 10 Tutorials 28 – Power Plans”

  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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