How to configure the Windows 8 Power Plan and Settings tool on your Dell PC

How to configure the Windows 8 Power Plan and Settings tool on your Dell PC

This article provides information on what the power plan and settings tool in Windows 8 does and how to configure it to best suit your needs on your Dell PC.

Table of Contents:

  1. Windows 8 Power Plan and Settings Tool
  2. Power Options
  3. Configure an Existing Plan
  4. Create a Custom Plan
  5. Resetting to Default
  6. Need to Know

Windows 8 Power Plan and Settings Tool

Microsoft® describes Power Plan and Settings as a collection of hardware and system settings that manage how your computer uses power.

The plan is meant to either help your system save energy, maximise its performance, or balance the two.

Many users will already know how to manage Windows 7 power management settings and the Pro’s and Con’s of the different preferred plans and how to troubleshoot Power Plans in Windows 7.

I'm going to take you through the process of configuring the power settings and creating custom plans in Windows 8.

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Power Options

How to Configure Windows 8 Power Plan Settings & Options

To start with click on the battery icon visible on the taskbar of your Windows 8 computer screen and choose More power options.

The More Power Options screen opens and from there you can select from the three preset plans:

Offers full performance when you need it and saves power during periods of inactivity

Power saver
Saves power by reducing system performance. This plan can help notebook PC users get the most from a single battery charge

High performance
Maximizes system performance and responsiveness. notebook PC users might notice that their battery doesn't last as long when using this plan

You can change their plan settings by clicking on the Change Plan Settings link.

Note: The High Performance plan option will be hidden. you need to click on the drop-down arrow adjacent to show additional plans to access it.

The Power Options window opens up and from there you can select any of three different preset plans.

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Configure an Existing Plan

You can change the settings of the selected power plan.

You can select/change the SLEEP and DISPLAY power-plan settings, such as setting the time for turning off the display, deciding after how long to put the computer to sleep and so on.

If you need to, you can change the advanced power settings as well.

Just click on the Change advanced power settings link. You can click on the Change settings that are currently unavailable link. This option allows you to alter several power plan settings.

You need to configure this to your current needs.

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Create a Custom Plan

You can also create a Custom Plan. There is an option in the left hand side of the More Power Options screen to create a Power Plan.

Click on the link to go to the Create a power plan window. There you have to give your power plan a name and click on Next.

In the next screen you can choose the Sleep and the Display Settings you want to use and click the Create button.

You can now see your custom power plan under the preferred plans list.

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Resetting to Defaults

If you want to go back to the default settings, just click on Restore default settings for this plan.

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Need to Know


You will find that the options change depending on whether you are setting a plan for a notebook or desktop system.

The main difference is pretty self explanatory. A notebook PC has more than 1 power source and uses stored power in the form of a main battery. The less demands on the machine when on battery power then the longer the battery will last. Therefore what happens on battery power gets it's own section.

The standard rule of thumb is to turn off anything that isn't needed when on battery.

Note: This is a common reason for people thinking devices have stopped working. If a device stops everytime you take the system off mains power, check the power settings for that device on battery power.

Windows 8 makes it easy to manage power settings for different computing situations.

You can also use this tool to troubleshoot your computer if it starts shutting down or going into sleep mode by going in and creating a plan for everything to never turn off and testing then enabling power save on devices in turn to see where the fault returns.

Microsoft discusses Power Plans and Settings on Windows 8 in more detail on a FAQ page. If you're interested in finding out more, please check out the page on the link below.

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Article ID: SLN152096

Last Date Modified: 09/21/2019 01:40 PM

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