Wednesday, September 22, 2010

How to Configure, Rename, Backup, Restore Power Plans in Windows 7

A power plan is a collection of hardware and system settings that manages how computers use and conserve power. You can create custom power plans to help users configure a power plan that is optimized for their computers. By default, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 include three power plans: Balanced, Power saver, and High Performance. You can customize these plans for your systems, or create new plans that are based on the existing plans.

To create a customized power plan:
Click Start > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Power Options.
The Power Options control panel opens, and the power schemes appear. Click Create a power plan.

Follow the on-screen instructions to create and customize a power plan based on an existing plan.
To see the list of available power plans:

On your technician computer, at an elevated command prompt, type the following and hit Enter:
powercfg -LIST

To capture, export or backup power plans:
After you have created power plans that work for your system, capture the power plans from your technician computer, and deploy them to your destination computers. For example, to export a power plan from your technician computer called OutdoorScheme, type the following and hit Enter:

powercfg -EXPORT C:\OutdoorScheme.pow {guidScheme-New}

To deploy, import or restore power plans:
To import a power plan called OutdoorScheme, open an elevated command prompt, and type:

powercfg -IMPORT C:\OutdoorScheme.pow

To set a power scheme to be the active power plan:
Type the following and hit Enter. For example:

powercfg -SETACTIVE {guidScheme-New}

To rename a Power Option, use the following switch in an elevated command prompt:

Powercfg –Changename GUID name [scheme_description]

This will modify the name of a power scheme and, optionally, the scheme description.


powercfg–changename GUID namescheme_description


Specifies the GUID of the power scheme


Specifies the name of the power scheme.


Describes the power scheme.

If the description is omitted, then only the name will be changed.
To learn more of such additional Powercfg Command-Line Options, visit Technet.
For a detailed read and more information please visit Technet Libraries.

[via TWC]


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