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How to Create a Power Plan in Windows 10

It is possible to create a custom power plan in Windows 10. By default, Windows 10 includes power plans like High Performance, Balanced, Power Saver, etc. These plans are designed to quickly let you switch power consumption of various hardware in your PC and system power settings (like display, sleep timings, etc). You can define your own power plan with your personal preferences, without changing options of the default power plans.

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As you may already know, a power plan in Windows is a set of hardware and system options that defines how your device uses and preserves power. As mentioned above, there are three built-in power plans in the OS. Your PC can have additional power plans defined by its vendor. You can create a custom power plan that will include your personal preferences.

Windows 10 comes with a new UI again to change the operating system's power related options. The classic Control Panel is losing its features and probably will be replaced by the Settings app. The Settings app has already got many settings which were exclusively available in the Control Panel. For example, the battery notification area icon in the Windows 10 system tray was also replaced with a new Modern UI. However, the Settings app doesn't include the ability to create a new power plan as of this writing. You still need to use the classic Control Panel.

To create a power plan in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Go to System - Power & sleep.
  3. Click on the link Advanced Power Settings. 
  4. In the next window, click on the link Create a power plan on the left.Windows 10 Create Power Plan 1
  5. Select an existing power plan which should be used as the base for your custom plan, fill in the Plan name text box and click Next. Windows 10 Create Power Plan 2
  6. Change the sleep and display settings if needed and click on the Create button.
    Windows 10 Create Power Plan 3

The new custom power plan is now activated. You need to customize its settings. Click on the link Change plan settings next to the plan name to make any changes you want.

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Tip: It is possible to create a new power plan using the console powercfg.exe tool. Let's review this method.

Create a new power plan with powercfg.exe

  1. Open an elevated command prompt.
  2. Type the following command: powercfg.exe /L. This will list every power scheme in the OS with its own GUID. Note of the GUID of the power plan you want to export.Windows 10 List Power Plans
  3. Note the GUID of the power plan you want to use as the base for your new power plan. For example, 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c for the High Performance power plan.
  4. Execute the command: powercfg -duplicatescheme 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c. This will create a copy of the High Performance power plan.Windows 10 Create Power Plan 5
  5. Note the GUID of the new power plan.
  6. Run the command powercfg -changename GUID "new plan".  Substitute the GUID with the correct value for your new power plan.Windows 10 Create Power Plan 6
  7. To activate your new power plan, run the command powercfg -setactive GUID.Windows 10 Create Power Plan 7

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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.

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