System Reset and Restore Power Plan Settings to Default 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.

Changes made to a power plan settings will affect all users that use the same power plan as their default active power scheme.

Windows 10 and 11 includes the following power plans by default:
  • 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 10/11 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).
This tutorial will show you how to reset and restore specific or all power plan settings to default for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Reset Specific Power Plan Settings to Default
  • Option Two: Restore All Power Plans and Reset All Power Plans Settings to Default




Option One

Reset Specific Power Plan Settings to Default


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

2 Click/tap on the Change plan settings link to the right of the power plan (ex: "Balanced") you want to change settings for. (see screenshot below)

This will usually be for your active power plan.


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3 Click/tap on the Change advanced power settings link. (see screenshot below)

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4 Click/tap on the Restore plan defaults button. (see screenshot below)

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5 Click/tap on Yes to confirm. (see screenshot below)

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6 Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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7 You can now close the Control Panel if you like.





Option Two

Restore All Power Plans and Reset All Power Plans Settings to Default


This option will delete all custom power plans, restore all default power plans, and reset the settings for all built-in power plans to default.

This option will also fix the Your power plan information isn't available error below (if have) for any of the built-in default power plans.

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

2 Copy and paste the command below into Windows Terminal, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

powercfg -restoredefaultschemes

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

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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