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Windows 7: Power Plan Settings - Change


Power Plan Settings - Change

How to Change the Power Plan Settings in Windows 7
Published by Brink
04 Dec 2008
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How to Change Power Plan Settings in Windows 7


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This will show you how to change the settings for the power plan that you have selected to reflect how you want your Windows 7 computer to manage power usage.




Here's How:
1. Open the Start Menu, and type powercfg.cpl in the search box and press enter.
A) Go to step 3.
OR

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

3. Click on the Change plan settings link to the right of the power plan that you want to change the settings for. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: Normally you will be changing the power plan that you have selected as your default power plan.
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4. To Only Change the Basic Power Plan Settings
A) Choose how many minutes to wait for the Turn off display and Put the computer to sleep settings, or select never if you do not want to use a setting. (See screenshots below)
NOTE: If you have a computer with a battery (ex: notebook) or on a UPS, then you will see the right screenshot to adjust the options for when you are on battery or plugged in.
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B) When done, click on the Save changes button. (See screenshots above)

C) Close the Power Options window. (See screenshots below step 3)

D) You're done.
5. To Change the Advanced Power Plan Settings
A) Click on the Change advanced power settings link. (See screenshots below)
Power Plan Settings - Change-advanced_settings.jpg

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B) Click on the Change settings that are currently unavailable link. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: You will need to be logged in as an administrator account to be able to click on this option. This option allows you to change the power plan settings that are grayed out by default.
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C) Make changes to the power plan settings below to suite your needs. (See screenshots below)
NOTE: If you have a computer with a battery (ex: notebook) or on a UPS, then you will see the right screenshot to adjust the options for when you are on battery or plugged in. See the tables below for some recommended settings for Sleep, Hybrid Sleep, or Hibernate. The settings that are not included in these recommendations are settings that you can set to whatever you like. These are only recommendations, you can choose to do what you want instead of course.
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Recommended Settings for SLEEP -
Sleep saves any open documents and programs to memory only, and then puts the computer into a low-power state. If you lose power to the computer, you will also lose what is in memory.
CATEGORY SETTING RECOMMENDED SETTING
Hard Disk Turn off hard disk after If turned on, set to at least 1 minute before the computer is set to sleep.
Sleep Sleep after This is for the computer. Set to at least 1 minute after Hard disk and Display is set to turn off.
Sleep Allow hybrid sleep If listed, set to Off.
Sleep Hibernate after If listed, set to Never.
Display Turn off display after If turned on, set to at least 1 minute before the computer is set to sleep. Usually set this as the same as the Hard disk time.
Multimedia settings When sharing media Set to Allow the computer to sleep to prevent it from waking up the computer.



Recommended Settings for HYBRID SLEEP -
Hybrid sleep saves your open documents and programs to memory and to the hard drive, and then puts the computer into a low-power state. After the Hibernate after time you set, it will then put the computer into hibernation. This requires that hibernate is enabled.
CATEGORY SETTING RECOMMENDED SETTING
Hard Disk Turn off hard disk after If turned on, set to at least 1 minute before the computer is set to sleep.
Sleep Sleep after This is for the computer. Set to at least 1 minute after Hard disk and Display is set to turn off.
Sleep Allow hybrid sleep Set to On.
Sleep Hibernate after Set to at least 1 minute before the computer is set to sleep, and at least 1 minute after Sleep after is set for.
Display Turn off display after If turned on, set to at least 1 minute before the computer is set to sleep. Usually set this as the same as the Hard disk time.
Multimedia settings When sharing media Set to Allow the computer to sleep to prevent it from waking up the computer.



Recommended Settings for HIBERNATE -
Hibernation is a power-saving state that saves your open documents and programs to the hard drive and then turns off your computer. This requires that hibernate is enabled.
CATEGORY SETTING RECOMMENDED SETTING
Hard Disk Turn off hard disk after If turned on, set to at least 1 minute before the computer is set to sleep.
Sleep Sleep after Set to Never.
Sleep Allow hybrid sleep Set to Off.
Sleep Hibernate after Set it to at least 1 minute after Hard disk and Display is set to turn off.
Display Turn off display after If turned on, set to at least 1 minute before the computer is set to hibernate. Usually set this as the same as the Hard disk time.
Multimedia settings When sharing media Set to Allow the computer to sleep to prevent it from waking up the computer.

D) When done, click on OK. (See screenshot below step 5C)

E) Close the Edit Plan Settings window. (See screenshot below step 5A)
6. Change your Start menu power button to do the action that you want it to do.
NOTE: You can choose from Switch User, Log Off, Lock, Restart, Sleep, Hibernate, or Shutdown when you click on the power button in the Start menu.
That's it,
Shawn



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17 Jul 2009   #1
dek

Windows 7 x64 sp1, XP x86 sp2
 
 

Cant set sleep timers for disks independently in 7 either :thumbsdown:

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30 Mar 2010   #2
dmeans43

Win 7
 
 
No hibernate above 4G memory, Win 7?

That's what I've read elsewhere but just want to verify. Doesn't make sense to me since in all the years I've been sitting in front of a monitor I've never heard of having too much memory could cause a machine to malfunction?

All I know is on my new HP model p6347c which out of the box with 6G memory works great except for this one nit. I've always used hibernate instead of 'sleep' because it uses pretty close to zero power when hibernated.

What has anyone else heard?
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30 Mar 2010   #3
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Welcome!

Hibernate doesn't use any power; it saves the state, then powers off.

There are no known bugs with hibernation above 4GB of RAM.
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28 May 2010   #4
DavisMcCarn

Any and all
 
 

A large number of users are experiencing sleep issues due to non-compliant USB devices; some of which, ironically are various flavors of Microsoft wireless mice. The article listed how to get the report of failing devices using powercfg /energy in an elevated CMD window; but, left out the steps to fix any problem devices found. If you simply type powercfg -devicedisablewake "(the exact name of the device)"<enter> in that same CMD window for each device listed in the report, it will solve the problems of not going to sleep or sporadically waking up.

Power Options and Sleep Mode Problems - Vista Forums

I would not suggest using this on internal devices and there is a downside; the device may not be present when you wake the system up unless you unplug and replug it. It also seems counterintuitive that disabling the devices ability to wake up the system is the problem; but, it is.
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15 Apr 2011   #5
GradeAbra

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

So can a desktop hibernate?

Does the pc go into hybrid or just sleep if i select "sleep" through the option near the shut down button? I set the hybrid to on in advance setting.
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15 Apr 2011   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello GradeAbra,

Yes, you can use sleep, hibernate, or hybrid sleep on a laptop or desktop.

Sleep and hibernation: frequently asked questions

What you have the Start Menu power button set as only affects what the Start Menu power button does when you click on it.
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15 Apr 2011   #7
GradeAbra

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

So you mean what we set above only take effect if we let the pc on into low power mode On its own? It does not affect anything when we select "sleep" through the start menu?
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15 Apr 2011   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

The computer will do what you have set above if you let it go to sleep on its own or click on "Sleep" in the Start Menu. If you click on "Hibernate" (if turned on) in the Start Menu, then the computer will go straight to hibernate.
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15 Apr 2011   #9
GradeAbra

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

There is no hibernate in my start menu. Where is it?
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