A power plan is a collection of hardware and system settings that manages how your computer uses power. Power plans can help you save energy, maximize system performance, or achieve a balance between the two.
Changes made to a power plan will affect all users that use the same power plan as their default active power scheme.
Windows 11 includes the following default power plans:
- Balanced = Offers full performance when you need it and saves power when you don't. This is the best power plan for most people. Allows you to change your Power Mode.
- Power saver = Saves power by reducing PC performance and screen brightness. If you're using a laptop, this plan can help you get the most from a single battery charge.
- High performance = Maximizes screen brightness and might increase PC performance. This plan uses a lot more energy, so your laptop battery won't last as long between charges.
- Ultimate Performance = Only available in the Windows 11 Pro for Workstations edition by default. Provides ultimate performance on higher end PCs. It builds on the current High-Performance policy, and goes a step further to eliminate micro-latencies associated with fine grained power management techniques. As the power scheme is geared towards reducing micro-latencies it may directly impact hardware; and consume more power than the default balanced plan. The Ultimate Performance power policy is currently not available on battery powered systems.
- Custom = These are custom power plans created by a user on the PC and/or included by your PC manufacturer (OEM).
Some Windows 11 devices may only have the Balanced power plan scheme available by default.
Change Power Plan in Control Panel
Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Power Options icon.
Select (dot) the power plan (ex: "Ultimate Performance") you want to use by default for your account. (see screenshot below)
You can now close the Control Panel if you like.
Change Power Plan using Command
Open Windows Terminal (Admin), and select either Windows PowerShell or Command Prompt.
Copy and paste
powercfg /listinto the terminal, and press . This will give you a list of all available power plans on the PC along with their GUID. Make note of the GUID of the power plan you want to choose. (see screenshot below)
The power plan scheme that has an asterisk (*) to the right of it is your current active power plan scheme.
Type or copy and paste the command below you want to use into the terminal, and press . (see screenshot below)
powercfg /setactive GUID
powercfg /setactive 381b4222-f694-41f0-9685-ff5bb260df2e
powercfg /setactive 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c
powercfg /setactive a1841308-3541-4fab-bc81-f71556f20b4a
powercfg /setactive e9a42b02-d5df-448d-aa00-03f14749eb61
Substitute GUID in the command above with the actual GUID from step 2 above for the power plan you want to choose.
You can now close Windows Terminal if you like.