Solved Power plan will not stay on Balanced


Richj44

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I'm not sure when this started, but a few days ago I noticed that my CPU was not throttling down like it used to. It turned out to be because my Power Plan setting was on High Performance. I swapped it to Balanced, saw the CPU throttle properly, and forgot it for a few days. Then I noticed it doing the same thing. Same issue, I switched to Balanced and it worked properly. But about 5 seconds later, it switched back to High Performance.

I also tried just changing advanced settings so that the High Power plan matched the Balanced plan. While I was able to do that, it did not help and the CPU still does not throttle down properly.

I am not overclocking, and just to be certain I have reset my BIOS to default settings and the problem persists. I am not running any software or apps that have the ability to change that setting as far as I know. I tried using GPEdit to set the power plan to balanced, and it didn't help. Still changed back to High Performance. It seems I can't find any way to keep it from setting itself to High Performance, and I have no idea why it's doing it. At this point I have no idea what else to check and am hoping someone here might have an idea or two I can try.

Thanks in advance!


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try this-in search box type troubleshoot-click 'other troubleshooters'-find power in the list and run its troubleshooter
restart your computer and use one of the methods in Brink's tutorial HERE to select a plan

If per chance you find your power plans are missing see this tutorial HERE.
 
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try this-in search box type troubleshoot-click 'other troubleshooters'-find power in the list and run its troubleshooter
restart your computer and use one of the methods in Brink's tutorial HERE to select a plan

If per chance you find your power plans are missing see this tutorial HERE.
Glasskuter, thanks for the suggestions. I ran the troubleshooter and it determined that I was on the High Performance plan and recommended choosing Balanced. I chose Balanced and it changed it. By the time I opened Control Panel to check, it was back on High Performance.

Same thing doing it by command prompt. I used the tutorial to set it to Balanced, it changed right back to High Performance. I'm stumped.
 

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Glasskuter, thanks for the suggestions. I ran the troubleshooter and it determined that I was on the High Performance plan and recommended choosing Balanced. I chose Balanced and it changed it. By the time I opened Control Panel to check, it was back on High Performance.

Same thing doing it by command prompt. I used the tutorial to set it to Balanced, it changed right back to High Performance. I'm stumped.


Is there any MSI utilities running? If there is... it/they may be calling home to MSI and MSI may be changing the power plan.

Windows Updates will sometimes change the power plan as well.

Updating a chipset driver can change the power plans also.
 

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There are a few suggestions on this site

Or maybe try this (at your own risk) and you will loose any customised plan
  1. Launch Command Prompt (Admin) > type powercfg –restoredefaultschemes >hit Enter to reset the power plan settings to default.
  2. Exit command prompt to remove all customized power plans.
  3. Create a new power plan and customize it according to your needs.
 

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There must be some application running at startup, llogin, or whaever that is changing the power plan. You will have to ferret it out.
 

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Is there any MSI utilities running? If there is... it/they may be calling home to MSI and MSI may be changing the power plan.
Thank you! Yes, I had installed MSI Center and some of the associated items. My first thought was the MSI DPC Latency Tuner so I got rid of it, but no change. Then I uninstalled something called MSI Center SDK. Not even sure where it came from, I think it installed automatically when I installed MSI Center. Regardless, that seems to have done the trick. At least for the last 30 minutes and through a couple of reboots, I'm still sitting on Balanced.

Thanks much for the suggestion, it seems pretty obvious in retrospect but I would never have thought of it...obviously :)

And thanks to everyone else who offered suggestions as well, I really appreciate the response.
 

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@Richj44 Fingers crossed it stays on balanced. Glad to help / offer suggestions. There are some really clever and helpful people on here
 

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