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Windows 7: Power Plan - Restore Default Settings

29 Oct 2013   #10
HoneycombAG

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

I did that once, from the Recovery Console, up to 4 times from 4 different checkpoints, but it keeps getting me a failed (0x8000FFFF) message each time, but then I go back INTO Windows, then it says "System restore has completed successfully". I'm like WHAT?


Something is still broken with Windows. Maybe I didn't install a driver correctly?


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29 Oct 2013   #11
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

For the 0x8000FFF error with System Restore, you might see if this may be able to help.

"E_UNEXPECTED 0x8000ffff" error when you try to restore a system by using System Recovery Options in Windows 7
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30 Oct 2013   #12
HoneycombAG

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Right, I tried to reinstall my motherboard drivers, then AMD Catalyst 13.9, then I disabled Avast Antivirus.

Tried "powercfg -restoredefaultschemes" again -- Now it says, "An unexpected error condition has occurred. Unable to perform operation. You may not have permission to perform this operation."

Issuing "powercfg -L" shows:
Code:
Existing Power Schemes (* Active)
-----------------------------------
Power Scheme GUID: 381b4222-f694-41f0-9685-ff5bb260df2e   *
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Oct 2013   #13
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

As a test, log in to your built-in Administrator account to see if you are able to run the command in it.

Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable
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30 Oct 2013   #14
HoneycombAG

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Now it's doing the same thing on my Windows 8.1 laptop, and I think I've got the gist of what's behind all of this.

Stupid avast hardened mode.
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There is no command-line to reset all the default schemes FOR powercfg, and I had already made a custom scheme prior to upgrading to avast 2014. However, my laptop's display stayed bright until it was time for it to switch off, meaning it wouldn't dim down after e.g. 5 minutes, like it was set for. In fact, recently I had posted a short note on Facebook about it:

Quote:
I can't change my power management settings! What's the big idea?
And now it looks like I can't find the Dim display after setting. Imma have to uninstall the stupid AV.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Oct 2013   #15
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

That new feature in the new Avast sure has restricted/broken a lot of things.
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31 Oct 2013   #16
HoneycombAG

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

I must be at the end of my rope. Had to reset my Dell laptop to factory defaults, because running sfc /scannow couldn't fix all of the damage that avast did. For some reason, however, installing Windows 8.1 causes me to lose the Dim display after controls, which is very discouraging, since the screen brightness impacts energy usage on battery power.

It's for that same reason that I have created a new account on Eight Forums.
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31 Oct 2013   #17
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Since it's an OEM PC, you might see if there may be a power management program that came preinstalled with it that may be overriding what you are setting in Windows.
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31 Oct 2013   #18
HoneycombAG

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

I couldn't fix it. Sorry man.

There is a "Dell Extended Battery Life" option that puts my laptop to Power Saver when I unplug it. Unfortunately, that can't be removed from Programs and Features.

Looks like I'll have to leave avast 2014 off the computers for a while. Is it possible to install an old version or will it simply cause problems?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 Oct 2013   #19
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Not sure, but it appears that Avast 2014 is breaking quite a bit in Windows 8/8.1.
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