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Windows 7: Different Power Plans for Plugged In and Unplugged?


23 Jul 2010   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Different Power Plans for Plugged In and Unplugged?

With my laptop (Windows 7), can I set the computer to use different power plans when plugged in and when unplugged? I want to run the speedy power plan when plugged in and the battery saver power plan when unplugged. Thanks!

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23 Jul 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

You can change a plans settings for plugged in and on battery, which is much simpler. Click the battery icon, click adjust screen brightness, then click change plan settings then change advanced plan settings. Their will be an entry for both plugged in and on battery. You make the computer act exactly how you want for both without having to change power plans.

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23 Jul 2010   #3

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks, but I am still have problems (I'm a noob!). I want it to automatically change from High Performance when plugged in, to Power Saver when on battery. If I adjust the brightness when plugged in and when running on battery, it remembers. But, when I choose, for example, Power Saver when on battery, and I plug the computer back in, it stays on Power Saver. I am having trouble finding where to change this in the advanced settings,thanks!

Another question: I have a Samsung, and it has a Samsung Optimized mode. Does this save more power than Power Saver?
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23 Jul 2010   #4

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

I wouldn't know, as I don't own a Samsung. Here is what you do. Go to your plan settings again. Change the advanced power settings for performance mode. Look through all the settings to set everything to low power modes and to cut certain things off after awhile when on battery. It will still be named High Performance, but it is just a name. Calling my hot dog a cheeseburger doesn't make it a cheeseburger. Get it? I never pay attention to the names, I just make the settings I want for what ever the default plan is. This way you will get maximum performance when plugged in, and maximum power savings on battery. You can play with the settings all you want, as you may find a particular device you want maximum performance from when on battery. I like to keep the fans going full blast and the wifi card having maximum performance.
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23 Jul 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello CheeseJam, and welcome to Seven Forums.

All of the different power plans have the same settings. It's just that the different power plans have different preset settings for them. That's all.

There's no need to use a separate power plan for each of these. You can use the same power plan, then just manually set the individual "Plugged in" and "On battery" settings in that same specific power plan. Windows 7 will automatically use the settings you set for when you are "Plugged in" or "On battery" in that power plan.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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23 Jul 2010   #6

Windows 7
 
 

OK, I understand now, thanks! I pretty much knew what I wanted to change everything to, except for one thing: What do you recommend I set the maximum processor state to? I have this laptop, I don't play video games, and I mostly just browse the internet and listen to music when unplugged. Thanks!
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23 Jul 2010   #7
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome CheesJam.

I have my max set to 100% and min set to 5%. This way when your computer is idle, it will only run the processor at 5% until more is needed. If Windows 7 needs more, it will automatically increase the percentage up to the max you set.
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23 Jul 2010   #8

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

100% should be fine. It sounds like you won't use that much anyways, but by having it at 100% you can use it if you need to.
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23 Jul 2010   #9

Windows 7
 
 

Alright, thanks for your help guys! That was incredibly fast and helpful, this forum is great! Thanks again.
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23 Jul 2010   #10
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome CheeseJam. I'm glad that we were able to help.
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