You should know these Windows 10 power settings

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Here you can find out which energy settings of Windows 10 you should know, which energy saving plans are available and how to create your own!

With the energy settings in Windows 10 you can configure a wide variety of things precisely, because the monitor or hard drive do not always have to be switched on permanently. By default, you can choose between three different power options: Balanced, Low Power, and High Performance. Microsoft recommends Balanced mode in Windows 10. However, it makes sense to create your own energy saving plan with which you can optimally adjust all options.

This is how you create your own energy saving plan

You can easily find the power plan options by searching “power plan” or “power options” in the Windows search. By clicking on “Change settings for energy saving plan” you can define different periods of time – for example, after how many minutes the screen should be switched off or after what time the energy saving mode should be activated. But you get the best possible control by selecting the option “Create energy saving plan” from the left bar. In the “Power plan name” field, you can give the new plan a name, such as “My power plan”. Click on “Next”, change the times for the energy saving options if necessary and confirm with “Create”.

You will now find the energy saving plan you just created in a list with the other plans. Select the new plan with “Change power plan settings” and then click “Change advanced power settings”. Here you will find many components, each of which can be defined individually. Most points should be self-explanatory. For example, you can specify after how many minutes the hard drive should switch off – which has a significant impact on the noise level of the computer or laptop. You can also control the power supply for the USB ports here. On laptops, you can configure battery options in addition to AC power settings.

Planning the details: This is how you set up your energy saving plan

While it is best to leave the settings for Internet Explorer unchanged, you can confidently “stop” “slide show” in the “desktop background settings” – this is particularly advisable for laptops running on battery power. You should change the power settings for the “Wireless adapter settings” area with caution. It can happen here that, due to different WLAN standards, it is no longer possible to establish a connection to the router if the “High performance” setting is not active.

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Here you will find detailed options for setting up your energy saving plan.

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Under “Settings for selective USB energy saving” there is a feature that ensures that USB devices that are not required are switched off. You should therefore always activate the option. In the event of problems, for example if the USB device does not become active, the corresponding USB hub can first be selected in the device manager. In the “Power Management” tab, uncheck “Allow the computer to turn off the device”. If you continue to have problems, you can disable selective USB power saving.

In the “PCI Express” area, you can choose between medium and maximum energy saving, and deactivation is also possible. Even if the Windows 10 computer is not currently working, it transmits data on the connection status. With the two power settings, the connection can be maintained in an energy-efficient manner. If you want to delete your energy saving plan again, you can do this via the command prompt, which can be called up by simply searching in the Cortana bar. Now enter the command “powercfg -list” and all power plans will be displayed. Now copy the number of the plan to be deleted and type “powercfg -delete number”.


  1. Call up energy settings, for example via the search bar by entering “energy options”.
  2. You can create a power plan and give it a name.
  3. Next to the new plan, select “Change power plan settings” and make further adjustments in “Advanced power settings”.
  4. To delete the plan, enter “powercfg-list” in the command prompt, grab the appropriate number of the plan and delete it with “powercfg-delete-number”.