How can I make windows reset the power plan to a chosen one after each restart?

Windows likes to reset to the “Balanced (Recommended)” power plan. You can actually change the “Recommended” plan using the powercfg command line utility. Follow this procedure carefully.

1) Launch Elevated Command Prompt

Hit the Start button on your keyboard or click/tap your start orb. Type cmd. cmd.exe should show up in a list. Right-click that and select Run as administrator. Depending on your security settings, you will see a UAC message. Go ahead and accept. This will open an elevated command prompt.

2) List Current Power Plans

In the command prompt, type:

powercfg -list 

This will bring up a list of power plans:

C:Windowssystem32>powercfg -list Existing Power Schemes (* Active) ----------------------------------- Power Scheme GUID: 381b4222-f694-41f0-9685-ff5bb260df2e (Balanced) * Power Scheme GUID: 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c (High performance) Power Scheme GUID: a1841308-3541-4fab-bc81-f71556f20b4a (Power saver) 

The asterisk indicates the active plan. The recommended plan is the one with GUID 381b4222-f694-41f0-9685-ff5bb260df2e.

3) Export the “Recommended” Plan and the Plan YOU Recommend

At the prompt type:

powercfg -export "Balanced.pow" 381b4222-f694-41f0-9685-ff5bb260df2e 

This will export the current “recommended” power plan to a file called Balanced.pow. The extension does not matter. I use pow so I can easily see it is a power plan. Now we have to export the power plan we want to use in place of Balanced. In my example, I will swap it with High performance. At the prompt, enter the following:

powercfg -export "HighPerformance.pow" 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c 

Of course you would use the GUID of whichever power plan you wish to use.

4) Delete The Two Power Plans*

*This is the dangerous part. We are deleting a system default power plan which can negatively impact Windows and could prevent you from using the GUI to edit power plans. If you exported the power plans, you should be able to recover.

Before we delete the two power plans, we must first set active a power plan we do not intend on deleting. Deleting the active power plan is also a bad idea.

Enter the following commands at the prompt:

powercfg -setactive a1841308-3541-4fab-bc81-f71556f20b4a powercfg -delete 381b4222-f694-41f0-9685-ff5bb260df2e powercfg -delete 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c 

There will be no feedback.


5) Import the Power Plans exported in step 3.

The key to importing the two power plans back is to remember to import them to each other’s original GUID. Enter the following:

powercfg -import "HighPerformance.pow" 381b4222-f694-41f0-9685-ff5bb260df2e 

This command will provide feedback. Remember the GUID we just used is Window’s “recommended” power plan GUID. Now, enter:

powercfg -import "Balanced.pow" 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c 

You will again receive feedback.

Now that the plans have been swapped, we can activate our preferred plan which has also become our recommended plan.

powercfg -setactive 381b4222-f694-41f0-9685-ff5bb260df2e 

6) List Current Power Plans to see the Fruits of our Labo(u)r

You guessed it:

powercfg -list 

That should yield the following result:

Existing Power Schemes (* Active) ----------------------------------- Power Scheme GUID: 381b4222-f694-41f0-9685-ff5bb260df2e (High performance) * Power Scheme GUID: 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c (Balanced) Power Scheme GUID: a1841308-3541-4fab-bc81-f71556f20b4a (Power saver) 

Check the Power Plan GUI in Control Panel, and you will notice that the High Performance plan is now in bold and listed as “(recommended)”.

You can see a video tutorial on this on YouTube


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