How to Fix Only Balanced Power Plan Available 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 a group of hardware and system power settings (like display, sleep, etc). Sometimes only the balanced power plan is available in Windows 10 power options. Here is how to fix this.
Your PC can have additional power plans defined by its vendor. Also, you can create a custom power plan that will include your personal preferences. These power settings affect how long your battery lasts and how much power your PC consumes. It is possible to customize these power plan settings using advanced power options.
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 options which were exclusively available in the Control Panel. The battery notification area icon in the Windows 10 system tray was also replaced with a new Modern UI.
Power Plans are missing
The reason behind this issue is that modern PCs use a new power efficient technology, known as S0 Low Power Standby, or Modern Standby.
It is a special Sleep State that enables an instant on / instant off user experience, similar to smartphone power models. Just like the phone, the S0 low power idle model enables the system to stay up-to-date whenever a suitable network is available.
Although Modern Standby enables an instant on/off user experience like Connected Standby, Modern Standby is more inclusive than the Windows 8.1 Connected Standby power model. Modern Standby allows for market segments previously limited to the S3 power model to take advantage of the low power idle model. Example systems include systems based on rotational media and hybrid media (for example, SSD + HDD or SSHD) and/or a NIC that doesn’t support all of the prior requirements for Connected Standby.
When the hardware supports this modern Standby mode, the motherboard firmware (e.g. BIOS) may exclusively stick to that mode, and prevent other power modes from being reported to the OS. That is not a bug, it is by design. If you need to use other Power plans in Windows 10, you need to reconfigure the firmware of your device's motherboard.
To Fix Only Balanced Power Plan Available in Windows 10
- Open your computer BIOS. Refer to your hardware manual to learn how it can be done.
- Check out if you have an
OS Typeoption under the
- It may say
Windows 10, and should also include the
- Setting it to
Other OSunlocks all other Power Plans in Windows 10.
You are done.
Other OS option is actually designed to allow you to install some other OS, like Linux. It might or might not interfere with the Secure Boot option, and UEFI boot mode. It actually depends on the current firmware implementation of the specific device. If you run into trouble after changing the option, revert the changes back.
Thanks to deskmodder for the tip.
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