Power Management in Windows 10

When it comes to laptop usage on Windows, it is really hard to not look for the battery performance. In order to strike the balance in between performance and battery, we need to use the power plan. Windows 10 also allows to you to make your own custom power plan. In this article, we are going to take a look at the power management option of Windows 10.

If you're using Windows 7 or 8 operating system then you're aware of the Power management settings. Windows 10 continues to improve it's performance on these power plans.

Power plan consists of set of hardware profiles and settings that allow you to get the most out of battery. Windows 10 has following battery power plans - 1) Balanced 2) Power Saver 3) Custom Power Plan 4) High Performance. Depending on the plan you choose, It affects all the users that have the active power scheme. All users get to choose the power plan as per their requirement, however the administrator settings affect by default to all the plans.

Each power plan settings allow you to choose in between power saving or improved system performance or combination of both of them. With custom plan you can decide what services or settings to stop or continue to improve the battery performance.

Let's see how to change the settings of a power plan so that you can manage the battery performance more effectively.

How to Change Settings of a Power Plan

Changing settings of a power plan requires you to access the "Power & Sleep Settings". Follow the steps below to access the power plan settings.

1. Click on Windows Logo and go to "Control Panel".
2. Inside control panel options, find "Power options".
3. You'll find the power plans options named - "Balanced" or "High Performance".
4. Click on "Change Plan Settings" link at the bottom.
5. You can select the option based on "Battery' or "Plugged in" power supply.
6. Click on "Change advanced power settings" to access additional advanced settings from Power options dialog.
7. Select the power options that you need and disable the ones you don't need to improve the performance of your custom power plan settings.
8. Save the settings by clicking on "Ok" button of the power options dialog box.

Which Power Plan is right for me

Each one of us have a different notebook device or desktop so we have to set the power plan depending on the power supply requirement. If you have limited access to the power then choose the most conservative power plan. If you can easily connect the power around, then choose the moderate power plan.

Balanced Power Plan - This plan focuses more on performance while striking balance with the power. So if you want the best of both worlds then choose this plan. Make sure you have periodical access to the plugged in power in order to get the best out of this plan.

Power Saver - This plan has more focus on saving the power as opposed to performance. It reduces the screen brightness and window decoration enhancement. If you use dark wallpapers and icons then you get even more out of this power management plan.

High Performance - This plan is for those who want to have more performance concerns over battery life. When in effect this plan increases screen brightness and also increases other performance parameters of the computers. This plan drains the laptop battery more quickly, so this plan is more suitable only during presentation or for desktop usage.

Custom Power Plan - Are you not satisfied with the plans offered by default? Then you can design your own custom power plan. You can customize which services and power options to enable or disable. If you're unsure about what to do then Google search for custom power plan settings and you can learn from others.

Now that you know what each power settings plan is capable of, you can now choose the plan that suits your needs. You can also select the power plan that applies to your laptop or desktop requirement and improve the performance accordingly.

Improve Battery Performance in Windows 10

Here are some of the tips that you can use to improve the battery performance in Windows 10.

1. Screen Brightness
Most of the battery is drained if you have brightness set to high. The more brightness the more it has to draw the battery. It helps when you have reduced the brightness to minimum required point.

2. Unused Hardware Devices
Do you need Bluetooth enabled all the time? Do you need that USB drive attached all the time? Get rid of the hardware devices that you don't need on daily basis. Instead make sure that you're only adding or using the devices which are in immediate use.

3. Unused Screensaver
Do you turn off laptop after use? If so there is no need to enable screen saver. You can also dim down the screen in the idle time. This way you don't end up wasting more resources on screensaver.

These are some of the tips that you can use to get most out of your Windows 10 laptop or desktop.

Third Party Power Management Apps


This app keeps tab on the battery discharge cycles and tries to optimize the battery for better performance. It also gives you recommendation for which settings are good for your laptop. It tries to suggest you the best plan that suits the discharging cycle of your laptop. It is very lightweight in size, however collects a lot of system data for optimizing battery performance. It is freeware app so you don't have to shell out money to use the software.

Battery Optimizer

This app is not updated regularly, so chances are that it may not be compatible with all the power plans of Windows 10. I suggest you to only download the latest version of the software if you choose to use it. You may find it harder to locate the official battery app website and more likely to download it from softpedia or other download websites.

Power settings are improved in Windows 10 compared to earlier versions. And with each upcoming update from Windows it'll get better. If you're concerned with the battery life and performance of your laptop then do try some of the tweaks mentioned above in the article.



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