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    Power Plan - Specify a Default for All Users

    How to Specify Default Power Plan for All Users in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8
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    How to Specify Default Power Plan for All Users in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8

       Information
    This will show you how to specify a custom or default (Balanced, Power Saver, High Performance) power plan for all users in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 so that the power plan and settings cannot be changed.

    You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

       Note
    Making a change in either option below will override any setting made previously in any other option below.


    EXAMPLE: When a "Custom" or "Default" Power Plan is Specied for All Users
    Power Plan - Specify a Default for All Users-custom-example1.jpg

    Power Plan - Specify a Default for All Users-custom-example2.jpg



    OPTION ONE

    To Specify a "Default" Power Plan Using a REG File Download


    NOTE: If you wanted to specify a custom power plan, then you would need to use either OPTION THREE or OPTION FOUR below instead.
    1. To Allow Users to be able to Specify Their Own Power Plan
    NOTE: This is the default setting.
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below.
    Allow_Users_to_Specify_their_own_Power_Plan.reg


    Download

    B) Go to step 5.
    2. To Specify All Users to have the Balanced Power Plan
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below.
    Set_Balanced_Power_Plan_for_All_Users.reg
    B) Go to step 5.
    3. To Specify All Users to have the Power saver Power Plan
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below.
    Set_Power-Saver_Power_Plan_for_All_Users.reg
    B) Go to step 5.
    4. To Specify All Users to have the High performance Power Plan
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below.
    Set_High-Performance_Power_Plan_for_All_Users.reg
    B) Go to step 5.
    5. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    6. Double click/tap on the downloaded the .reg file to merge it.

    7. Click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC-Windows 7/8) or Continue (UAC-Vista), Yes, and OK when prompted.

    8. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.



    OPTION TWO

    To Specify a "Default" Power Plan in Group Policy


    NOTE: If you wanted to specify a custom power plan, then you would need to use either OPTION THREE or OPTION FOUR below instead.
    1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

    2. In the left pane, double click/tap on the arrow to expand Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, System, then click/tap on Power Management. (see screenshot below)
    Power Plan - Specify a Default for All Users-gpedit-1.jpg
    3. In the right pane, double click/tap on Select an Active Power Plan. (see screenshot above)

    4. To Allow Users to be able to Specify Their Own Power Plan
    A) Select (dot) Not Configured or Disabled. (see screenshot below step 8)
    NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.

    B) Go to step 8.
    5. To Specify All Users to have the Balanced Power Plan
    A) Select (dot) Enabled, and select Automatic under the Active Power Plan options section. (see screenshot below step 8)

    B) Go to step 8.
    6. To Specify All Users to have the Power saver Power Plan
    A) Select (dot) Enabled, and select Power Saver under the Active Power Plan options section. (see screenshot below step 8)

    B) Go to step 8.
    7. To Specify All Users to have the High performance Power Plan
    A) Select (dot) Enabled, and select High Performance under the Active Power Plan options section. (see screenshot below step 8)

    B) Go to step 8.
    8. Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
    Power Plan - Specify a Default for All Users-gpedit-2.jpg
    9. Close the Local Group Policy Editor.



    OPTION THREE

    To Specify a "Custom" Power Plan in Group Policy


    NOTE: If you wanted to specify a default power plan, then using either OPTION ONE or OPTION TWO above instead would be an easier way to do so.
    1. Open a command prompt, type powercfg -list, press Enter, and make note of the long GUID number of the custom power plan that you previously created. (see screenshot below)
    Power Plan - Specify a Default for All Users-custom-1.jpg
    2. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

    3. In the left pane, double click/tap on the arrow to expand Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, System, then click/tap on Power Management. (see screenshot below)
    Power Plan - Specify a Default for All Users-custom-2.jpg
    4. In the right pane, double click/tap on Specify a Custom Active Power Plan. (see screenshot above)

    5. To Allow Users to be able to Specify Their Own Power Plan
    A) Select (dot) Not Configured or Disabled. (see screenshot below step 7)
    NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting. You could also use the REG file in step 1 of OPTION ONE above to do this as well.

    B) Go to step 7.
    6. To Specify All Users to have a Custom Power Plan
    A) Select (dot) Enabled, and type in the long GUID number (step 1) for the name of the custom power plan that you wanted to specify under the Custom Active Power Plan (GUID) options section. (see screenshot below step 8)

    B) Go to step 7.
    7. Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
    Power Plan - Specify a Default for All Users-custom-3.jpg
    8. Close the command prompt and Local Group Policy Editor.



    OPTION FOUR

    To Specify a "Custom" Power Plan Manually in Registry Editor


    NOTE: If you wanted to specify a default power plan, then using either OPTION ONE or OPTION TWO above instead would be an easier way to do so.
    1. Open a command prompt, type powercfg -list, press Enter, and make note of the long GUID number of the custom power plan that you previously created. (see screenshot below)
    Power Plan - Specify a Default for All Users-custom-1.jpg
    2. In the Start Menu, type regedit in the search box and press Enter.

    3. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes (Windows 7/8) or Continue (Vista).

    4. To Specify All Users to have a Custom Power Plan
    A) In regedit, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft

    Power Plan - Specify a Default for All Users-custom-4.jpg
    B) In the left pane of regedit, right click on the Microsoft key, click/tap on New and Key, type in Power, and press Enter. (see screenshot below step 4A)
    NOTE: If you already have the Power key in the left pane, then skip this step and continue to step 4C instead.

    C) In the left pane of regedit, right click on the Power key, click/tap on New and Key, type in PowerSettings, and press Enter. (see screenshot below step 4A)
    NOTE: If you already have the PowerSettings key in the left pane, then skip this step and continue to step 4D instead.

    D) In the right pane of PowerSettings, right click on a empty space, click/tap on New and String Value, type in ActivePowerScheme, and press Enter. (see screenshot below step 4A)
    NOTE: If you already have the ActivePowerScheme string value in the right pane, then skip this step and continue to step 4E instead.

    E) In the right pane of PowerSettings, double click/tap on ActivePowerScheme to modify it. (see screenshot below step 4A)

    F) Type in the long GUID number (step 1) for the name of the custom power plan that you wanted to specify, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
    Power Plan - Specify a Default for All Users-custom-5.jpg
    G) Go to step 6.
    5. To Allow Users to be able to Specify Their Own Power Plan
    NOTE: This is the default setting. You could also use the REG file in step 1 of OPTION ONE above to do this as well.
    A) In regedit, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Power\PowerSettings

    Power Plan - Specify a Default for All Users-custom-4.jpg
    B) In the right pane of PowerSettings, right click on ActivePowerScheme, and click/tap on Delete. (see screenshot below step 5A)

    C) Click/tap on Yes to confirm deletion. (see screenshot below)
    Power Plan - Specify a Default for All Users-custom-6.jpg
    D) Go to step 6.
    6. Close the command prompt and regedit.
    That's it,
    Shawn






  1. Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1
       #1

    Sounds good, but what about a Windows 8 personal computer


    Hi,

    Thanks for the tutorial. It almost worked for my issue:

    Here's the problem I was having: I set up a plan (made changes to the options, the usual and the advanced) and called it: "MY Power Saver." When I would restart the computer, the power plan would default to "Power Saver" and I would have to go back in to change it to the one labeled "MY Power Saver." Hence, if I forgot, then the computer would not go into hibernation or do the other things I had specified, and suddenly my battery would be dead, a lot sooner then I expected.

    I tried option #4 which worked to solve the issue. When I turned on the computer, "MY Power Saver" was the active plan. The only problem was that doing so completely locked all the options for my power plans. For example, I might hypothetically want to switch to "movie mode" or "presenter mode" but was unable to do so, because option #4 locked me out. Is there another place where the power plan is set on boot but doesn't lock me out of making changes?

    Thanks
      My Computer


  2. Posts : 72,016
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #2

    Hello Dr. Halter, and welcome to Seven Forums. :)

    Yeah, this option would force all users to use the plan you specified, and prevent anyone from being able to change it.

    If you like, you might change the settings for one of the default power plans (ex: High Performance) to how you like. Afterwards, you could add and use the context menu from the tutorial below to make it easy to change power plans on the fly.

    Power Plan - Choose from Desktop Context Menu in Windows
      My Computer


  3. Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1
       #3

    That doesn't answer my question


    Sorry, that really wasn't helpful. If you read my post, you would understand that I know how to modify a plan. I know how to change the power plan on the fly. You would understand that those are not my problem.

    Let me try re-stating it: When I choose a power plan, I want it to 'stick' from one re-start to another AND I want to be able to change it on the fly. After I re-boot, the power plan I had chosen before re-boot is replaced by the one called "Power Saver." How can I get a customized plan, one that I have created and saved with its own name, to be the plan which is chosen on re-boot?

    ...

    As I re-wrote this question, I had another thought, what if I chose one of the pre-designed plans and then re-booted, would that pre-designed plan stick? So I chose "Balanced" and re-booted, and for whatever reason, it stuck and was active when I re-booted. Then I thought, maybe the custom plan will stick now. So I chose "MY Power Saver" and then re-booted. It stuck too. So, now I think my issue is resolved, except that I don't really know what happened to fix the problem!
      My Computer


  4. Posts : 72,016
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #4

    By default, whatever power plan you selected should stick after a restart until manually changed by you next.

    Since you have a Dell computer, check for a Dell Power Manager type program installed that may be overriding Windows settings.
      My Computer


  5. Posts : 3
    windows 7 ultimate x64
       #5

    hi, how do you change the preferred plans above?

    mine currently set to balance and power saver

    if can, i want to remove balance profile and make high performance and power saver as my preferred plan
      My Computer


  6. Posts : 72,016
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Hello thecodez, and welcome to Seven Forums. :)

    If you wanted to force all users to use the "High Performance" plan, then you could use step 4 in Option 1 or step 7 in Option 2.

    It's not a good idea to delete a built-in power plan (ex: Balanced) since it will break things.
      My Computer


  7. Posts : 3
    windows 7 ultimate x64
       #7

    No i dont mean remove the balance, i just want to let the balance in the hide plan, and performance plan into the preferred plan

    Like the first example picture, because I frequently switch to power save and performance most of the time, and i dont use balance plan
      My Computer


  8. Posts : 72,016
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #8

    I'm not sure you can change the order of how the plans are listed in Power Options since it's based on what you currently have selected.

    Since you toggle between power plans often, you might see if adding the context menu from the tutorial below may make this easier for you.

    Power Plan - Choose from Desktop Context Menu in Windows
      My Computer


  9. Posts : 3
    windows 7 ultimate x64
       #9

    Got it, now its much easier with this, thanks brink
      My Computer


 
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