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Windows 7: Power Plans - Export and Import

Power Plans - Export and Import

How to Export and Import Power Plans in Windows 7 and Windows 8
Published by Brink
01 Apr 2010
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How to Export and Import Power Plans in Windows 7 and Windows 8

information   Information
This tutorial will show you how to export and import power plans (schemes) in Windows 7 and Windows 8 to make it easier to reuse them on another computer or restore on your computer with all settings intact.

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

EXAMPLE: Power Plans
Power Plans - Export and Import-power_plans.jpg
Here's How:
1. Open an elevated command prompt in Windows 7 or Windows 8.

2. To List and See All Power Plans
NOTE: This will give you a list of all of the power plans on your computer with the name and GUID number of each power plan.
A) In the elevated command prompt, type in powercfg list and press enter. (see screenshot below)

Power Plans - Export and Import-step1.jpg
3. To Export a Power Plan
NOTE: This will allow you to export a selected power plan as a pow file for a backup that can be imported into any Windows 7 computer to have that power plan available as a custom power plan on that computer.
A) In the elevated command prompt, type in the command below (in code box) for the power plan that you want to export, and press enter.

Note   Note
  • Substitute Power Plan Name in the command below for the name you want for the power plan file that you want to export. While it may be best to use the name of the power plan as displayed in step 2 above so you may better know which one it is, you can have any name you like for it.
  • Substitute GUID in the command below for the actual long GUID number of the power plan that you want to export as shown in step 2 above.

powercfg -export "%UserProfile%\Desktop\Power Plan Name.pow" GUID
Power Plans - Export and Import-export.jpg

powercfg -export "%UserProfile%\Desktop\Balanced.pow" 381b4222-f694-41f0-9685-ff5bb260df2e
High Performance
powercfg -export "%UserProfile%\Desktop\High Performance.pow" 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c
Power Saver
powercfg -export "%UserProfile%\Desktop\Power Saver.pow" a1841308-3541-4fab-bc81-f71556f20b4a
You will have to look at step 2 above for the GUID # and name since it will be different per computer.
B) You will now have the .pow file (ex: Custom Plan.pow) exported (saved) to your desktop.

C) Move the .pow where you like for safe keeping. This is the file you will need to import this power plan.

D) Go to step 5.

4. To Import a Power Plan
NOTE: This will allow you import a .pow file (power plan) that was exported using step 3 to be able to add it as a custom power plan to select and use.
A) In the elevated command prompt, type in the command below, and press Enter.

Note   Note
Substitute (Full Path of .pow file) in the command below for the the actual full path of the exported (step 3) .pow file with it's name and file extension included within quotes.

powercfg -import "(Full Path of .pow file)"
FOR EXAMPLE: If I have my exported (step 3) Custom Plan.pow file saved to my desktop, then I would type in either one of the commands exactly as below.

powercfg -import "%UserProfile%\Desktop\Custom Plan.pow"
Power Plans - Export and Import-import-1.jpg


powercfg -import "C:\Users\User-Name\Desktop\Custom Plan.pow"
Power Plans - Export and Import-import-2.jpg
B) The imported pow file (power plan) has now been added as a custom power plan to be able to select and use. Go to step 5 below.
5. Close the elevated command prompt.
That's it,

25 Sep 2011   #1

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Cellepo, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It appears that you may have left out Desktop in the path in the command. Please try again to see how it works for you.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Jun 2013   #2

Linux Lite 3.2 x64; Windows 7, 8.1

Hi Brink. My only problem with this is that I end up with two power schemes named Balanced. The original one doesn't seem deletable.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Jun 2013   #3

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Paul,

When a power plan is imported, it will be a custom power plan.

You will be able to rename any power plan, and delete any custom power plan. You can't delete the default power plans.

Hope this helps.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

06 Jun 2013   #4

Linux Lite 3.2 x64; Windows 7, 8.1

Yes, that's what I found. You can delete any custom scheme not currently in use. I didn't want two plans with the same name, so this is not going to work for me.

Oh wait - you did say rename, didn't you... Hmmm, that might work, but I might prefer to modify Balanced manually. Doing so gets old after a while though. Will have to see.

Thanks and be well,
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Jun 2013   #5

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're most welcome Paul.

You might consider renaming the one you imported so as not to mess with your default ones.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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