System Create Custom Power Plan in Windows 11


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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. A power plan is also known as a power scheme.

You can customize the default plans for your systems, or create new custom plans that are based on the existing plans.

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This tutorial will show you how to create a new custom power plan that can be used by all users on the Windows 10 or Windows 11 PC.


Contents

  • Option One: Create New Custom Power Plan in Control Panel
  • Option Two: Create New Custom Power Plan in Command Prompt




Option One

Create New Custom Power Plan in Control Panel


1 Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Power Options icon.

2 Click/tap on the Create a power plan link on the left side. (see screenshot below)

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3 Perform the following actions: (see screenshot below)
  1. Select (dot) an existing default plan (ex: "Balanced") to base the new custom plan on.
  2. Type a Plan name (ex: "My Custom Plan 1") you want for the new custom plan.
  3. Click/tap on Next.
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4 Make any settings changes you want for the custom plan, and click/tap on Create. (see screenshot below)

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5 The new custom power plan will now be your default active power scheme. You can now Change plan settings for this new custom power plan if wanted. (see screenshots below)

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6 When finished, you can close the Control Panel if you like.




Option Two

Create New Custom Power Plan in Command Prompt


1 Open Windows Terminal, and select either Windows PowerShell or Command Prompt.

2 Copy and paste powercfg /L into Windows Terminal, and press Enter to see all existing power plans. (see screenshot below step 3)

3 Make note of the GUID (ex: "381b4222-f694-41f0-9685-ff5bb260df2e") of an existing power plan (ex: "Balanced") you want to base the new custom plan on. (see screenshot below)

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4 Type the command below into Windows Terminal, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

powercfg -duplicatescheme GUID

Substitute GUID in the command above with the actual GUID from step 3 above.

For example: powercfg -duplicatescheme 381b4222-f694-41f0-9685-ff5bb260df2e

This will duplicate the power plan from step 3, and give the duplicate plan a new GUID.


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5 Make note of the Power Scheme GUID (ex: "ccdcc5e9-bafa-4389-bcdc-20c72b438e97") of the new duplicate plan. (see screenshot above)

6 Type the command below into Windows Terminal, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

powercfg -changename GUID "name"

Substitute GUID in the command above with the actual GUID from step 5 above.

For example: powercfg -changename ccdcc5e9-bafa-4389-bcdc-20c72b438e97 "My Custom Plan 1"

This will change the name of the duplicate power plan from steps 4 and 5.


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7 If you want to set this new custom power plan as your default active power scheme, then type the command below into Windows Terminal, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

powercfg -setactive GUID

Substitute GUID in the command above with the actual GUID from step 5 above.

For example: powercfg -setactive ccdcc5e9-bafa-4389-bcdc-20c72b438e97


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8 When finished, you can close Windows Terminal if you like.

9 You can now change the settings of the custom power plan to what you want.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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