Add Device Idle Policy to Power Options in Windows 10

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How to Add the Device idle policy option to Power Options in Windows 10

In Windows 10 you can add the "Device idle policy" option to the Power Options applet of the classic Control Panel. It determines whether conservation idle timeouts or performance idle timeouts are used for devices that are integrated with Windows kernel power manager device idle detection. It is a hidden option that is not visible by default.

The option Device idle policy is available in Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows Server 2008 R2, and later versions of Windows.

You can add or remove it from Power Options using either a Registry tweak or powercfg. In this article, we will remove both methods.

To Add Device Idle Policy to Power Options in Windows 10,

  1. Open an elevated command prompt.
  2. Add Type or copy-paste the following command:
    powercfg -attributes 4faab71a-92e5-4726-b531-224559672d19 -ATTRIB_HIDE.
  3. The Device Idle Policy option is now available in the Power options applet.
  4. To undo the change, use the following command: powercfg -attributes 4faab71a-92e5-4726-b531-224559672d19 +ATTRIB_HIDE.

You are done. See the following screenshots.

Device Idle Policy is hidden (default).

Device Idle Policy added to Power Options.

Alternatively, you can apply a Registry tweak.

Add Device Idle Policy to Power Options in Registry

  1. Open Registry Editor.
  2. Go to the following key:

    Tip: You can access any desired Registry key with one click.

  3. In the right pane, change the Attributes 32-bit DWORD value from 1 to 0. See the following screenshot:
  4. Once you make these changes, "Device Idle Policy" will appear in Power Options.

You are done!

Note: To remove the option you added, set the data value of Attributes back to 0.

Tip: you can open advanced settings of a power plan directly in Windows 10.

To save your time, you can download these ready-to-use Registry files:

Download Registry Files

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

One thought on “Add Device Idle Policy to Power Options in Windows 10”

  1. This is not new although, I never knew about it until this article ;)

    However, I am unable to find definitions of the two different policies, ‘performance’ and ‘power savings’.

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