Maintenance :: Power Management Set To High Performance By Default

May 27, 2014

I have Asus N550LF, always on boot or when i unplug the charger power management set to high performance which is causing the battery life to decrease ( wear level 7%), since i found out H.P. causes this i always set it to Balanced but its annoying to do it every time i boot up, any way to set it to default?

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Maintenance :: How Safe Is The High Performance Power Plan In Windows 8.1

Sep 15, 2014

In the future I'm planning to build a new computer to replace this old hunk of junk and I'm curious as to one thing as I'm not entirely sure on this. Just how safe is using the High Performance Power Plan in Windows 8.1?

You see, my current rig is running an old i5 661, normally on the Balanced Power Plan on an old ASUS P7P55D-E Deluxe Motherboard with a GTX 660 and 4GB of RAM on 32-bit Windows 8.1.

But my future plan is to use an i5 4690K with a Corsair H110 All In One Water Cooler for CPU Cooling on a Z97 Motherboard and 8GB of RAM in 64-bit Windows 8.1.

I'm hoping to get quite a bit of performance on this next computer cause hey... I'm planning on using it for gaming and such. But also web browsing and chatting with friends. I hear how High performance is suggested for 'optimising' Windows 8.1 but how much safer is it...

And how much of a performance increase could I possibly see in comparison to the old rig?

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Maintenance :: Multiple Copies Of High Performance Power Plan Appearing?

Nov 2, 2013

After installing the 8.1 Pro update on a fresh install of 8 Pro, I only entered the Power options one time: to change the "high performance" plan to never turn off the display. (as I usually do when setting up windows)

Today, I noticed my display turn off after a few minutes, so I went to see if something had changed my power plan. To my surprise, I have found that I now have over FIFTY copies of the High Performance Power plan! Many of them have different settings in minutes regarding when the display shuts off, and when the PC goes to sleep.

I can't delete any of them, as windows apparently considers them ALL as default plans. If I didn't create these plans, how did they get there? How can I delete them? I know deleting default power plans is dangerous and can cause errors so I just want to avoid another re-install of windows.

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Debugging :: BSOD Playing L4D2 And When Turning Into High Performance Power Plan

Jan 17, 2014

I own my MSI laptop since last october. I have random BSOD's, I would say 1-2 per week, and especially when I am playing left fo dead 2 (2-3 per hour), and when I turn the high performance power plan on (5-6 per hour). I have a killer network card, and I heard that this card was the cause of a lot of BSOD. But I do not see the link between l4d2 and the high perf. power plan. I always keep all my drivers up to date. This is very annoying, I alwas leave my laptop on to download games on Origin/Steam, or to do other task and when the BSOD occurs, I am just wasting my time...

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Maintenance :: Power Plan Options Not Affecting Performance

Jun 14, 2014

For the longest while I've had issues with my Windows 8.1 ignoring my selection of power options. By this I mean by CPU will stay clocked at 1.4GHz when it should be hitting around 2.3GHz when I set to high performance from power saving mode.

In the past it's cleared up by itself or through reboots but I'm thoroughly pissed off and I want it fixed.

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Debugging :: BSOD With Errors When Using High Performance Process?

Dec 5, 2013

I have experienced numerous BSoDs on my Windows 8 install. Under the event viewer I always get the Event 41 (Kernel Error) message, and I have experienced multiple variations of the BSoD with reasons including "irql_not_less_or_equal", "irql_not_less_or_equal: dxgmms1.sys" and "kernel security check failure".

Over the time I have reinstalled Windows 8 at least twice (including reformatting the primary HDD on all occasions), replaced nearly all the components in my PC, including case, video card, PSU (pretty much everything except the motherboard and ram).

The errors generally occur when I am using a high performance process such as playing a video game, watching HD movies or rendering.

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PS2 Keyboard - No Power Management To Disable Wake Up?

Mar 3, 2013

I want to disable the "allow this device to wake the computer" to prevent the accidental pressing of the keyboard waking up the PC. This option doesn't exist though, like it does with the USB mouse. Is there a way around this?

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Dell Venue Pro 8 - Set Sleep Mode To Never On Power Management Option?

Mar 9, 2014

I recently purchased a DVP8 and I love this thing. Problem is, it suffers from wifi issues in that once it goes to sleep, the wifi automatically goes to "limited" and I need to retoggle the wifi setting to get it connected. I've tried all kinds of fixes - uninstall windows updates and reinstalling drivers, but to no avail.

So I basically said screw it, and set "sleep mode" to never on the power management option, and no more wifi issues. Seems like the wifi doesn't reactive properly when coming out to sleep mode. My question is - will this damage the tablet in the long run? In terms of battery life, I would think the main factor is the screen on time. I can just turn the screen off with a tap of the power button. Is there really that big of a difference?

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Maintenance :: SSD Low Performance After Clean Copy From HDD

Mar 10, 2013

My Samsung laptop is slower than when I had a HDD drive installed. I copied my OS from the HDD to SSD last night. Benchmarks below.

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Maintenance :: Performance Of Excel 2013 In Parallels - Win 8 / XP

Mar 16, 2013

I have updated from Excel 2003 / XP to Excel 2013 / Windows 8 Enterp 64 bit. The new Excel appears to take longer just to move from 1 cell to the next, even on a blank workbook

I have a Mac Pro, using Parallels 8, and the XP / Excel 2003 works faster, both virtual machines are on the same computer: The Mac is a Dual Quad Core, at 667 MH speed.

I have assigned 2 CPU's to the Wind. 8 virtual machine, ( and just 1 in XP). I'm testing these one at a time.

Why ? Is Windows 8 slower. Is parallels Windows 8 slower due to their interface? Are there settings that could fix this?

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Maintenance :: How To Analyse Boot Performance Using Tool On 8.1 Pro

Jun 29, 2014

I am trying to analyse boot performance using this tool on 8.1 Pro.

Windows Performance Analyzer

I have already updated to the latest version of ADK but after rebooting it fails. I have Windows 6.3.9600 Build 9600 and Performance Recorder version 6.3.9600.16384(winblue_rtm.130821-1623) which I downloaded yesterday from MS.

Can run this on 8.1 or do I have some incorrect version?

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Maintenance :: Dual Boot - Performance Difference Between 2 OS

Feb 6, 2013

Dual boot, can see any performance difference between 2 OS. I dual boot on my laptop with Win 7 and Win 8 ,both 64 bits and using the latest version of VLC player on both of them i can see that the video playback is smoother on Win 7 than in Win 8 for the same video file. With Windows Media player it`s the same as well with Media player classic. Any other issues between the 2 OS ?

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Maintenance :: Computer Performance Drops - Only 8.5gb Of RAM Being Used Out Of Total 16gb

May 31, 2014

upgraded to Windows 8.1 (from Windows 7) a few days ago and I really love flight simulation. I have noticed that while I am playing Flight Simulator X, my computer in general starts to get pretty laggy (Moving windows, typing etc).

I have an i7 2600 (oc 3.9ghz), HD6780 and 16GB of ram installed. I opened up task manager to find that 7.4GB of ram is being used out of 8.5. But it says it is only using 47%!

I might be reading this all wrong, but I believe this is the reason why my computer's performance drops when I use close to 8.5 GB of RAM.

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Maintenance :: Ubuntu Windows 8 Dual Boot Performance?

Jun 27, 2013

I decided to dual boot ubuntu 13.04 with Windows 8. I had a dual boot setup before with Windows 7 and didn't have any problems.

Since this latest dual boot Ubuntu has been running fine however Windows 8 has become really sluggish. It now takes a few minutes to boot when before it was able to boot within sceconds. Once opening a program it crashes and freezes up the entire system, basically making windows unuasable.

There were no problems with windows 8 prior to the dual boot so I am not 100% sure why this is happening.

I backed my system up before install ubuntu so I can easily get everything back if I have to formate everything.

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Maintenance :: Dell Inspiron 17r / Many Games Have Poor Performance And Cut Scenes Lag

Mar 23, 2013

I recently purchased Dell inspiron 17r and due to problems in the first model I had to run win 7 on it for few days, and games like far cry 3 darkness 2 ran fine on it. After a replacement pc, I installed the same games(on win 8) but they lag, especially when the cut-scenes are played, the audio and video are out of sync in Far Cry 3, Tomb Raider(the latest one by MS) and darkness 2, why and how to solve this?

I run all the games on 1280x800 resolution with low settings on Windows 8 however on win 7 I ran them on 1366x768 with low settings and it worked fine.

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Maintenance :: Dell Precision 690 - Task Manager Performance Not Showing Both CPUs

Sep 15, 2014

I have a Dell Precision 690 with Dual Zenon 3.0 processors running Windows 8.1 Pro X86. CPU on the Performance tab only shows a single processor. I have the identical computer running Windows 7 Pro X64 and it Task Manager/Performance tab show2s two processors.

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Maintenance :: Performance And Diagnostics Apps Appeared On Startup Screen Then Disappear

Nov 27, 2013

When I opened up my start screen this morning a lot of different apps appeared, most of them were performance and diagnostics apps. I used one to see if there were any problems with the memory on my computer, after it had completed and told me that their were no problems, all of the apps disappeared. Where the apps came from and why they all disappeared.

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Maintenance :: Disk Management Only Allowing 20GB Partition Out Of 946GB

Feb 20, 2014

I've long been an XP user, just purchased a new desktop with 8.1 and a 2TB HDD this week.

I was partitioning some drives to organize things, and i am stuck.
On a 2TB drive, i have so far allocated 900GB over 4 drives for files, etc. [100,200,300,300]

I have 946.42GB left on my C, and i was hoping to get at least 2-3 more 200/300GB drives before leaving the remainder to C, but when i attempt to shrink my C drive, Disk Management tells me ive only got 20835MB/20GB available space to shrink. Wtf? I have literally added nothing to the computer except uTorrent, ive used Disk Optimizer to defrag the C drive 3 times, and still all of this space is unavailable? The OS has unmovable files scattered that loosely??

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Maintenance :: Very High RAM Use At Brand New Laptop?

Feb 5, 2013

I recently got a new laptop, first thing I did was delete most bloatware and such, and there really isn't a whole lot remaining other then OS and drivers. However, when checking the taskmanager recently I noticed it using 80-90% of the RAM. While being under very little use. Only thing was chrome taking up 200-300MB.

The laptop is a samsung 9 series, with 8 GB RAM, so I can't see how it should be having so much troubles when just running on lowgear. I checked and it does have 8GB RAM registered, and the performance view shows it using 6GB of 7,6. Considering there are plenty of windows 8s laptops with just 4GB I couldn't imagine this being normal?

Adding together what is shown by the task manager wont get me higher then 1 GB at most as far as RAM usage, is there any tool giving better information about what is all used? Could it be the quickboot system of samsung that eats up some or some sort of reserve that will let go of some RAM if other programs demand it?

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Maintenance :: High RAM Usage Not Adding Up

Apr 7, 2014

I'm using the same programs as my old system which also had the same amount of ram (2x4GB 1600MHZ) and the usage was very low.

This PC was only built 4 days ago the current ram is 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair Vengeance Pro, 2133MHz, CAS 11-11-11-30, 1.5V

The first two days that the PC was built I noticed the idle usage at 88% and if i ran a program it would hit 100% and pretty much freeze the PC so it's not an error in the display.

Mobo is MSI Z87-GD65 and I'm running Windows 8.1 with no updates.

Probably not anything to do with it, but i'm running beta amd video drivers and it's showing my card as 5GB, I'm planning to uninstall beta drivers and run updates. Just wanted to know of others opinions.

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Maintenance :: Memory Usage Is High At 78%?

Jan 3, 2014

I bought this Vaio with Core i5-3210M, 4Gb Ram, Windows 8 64 bit. I had really high hopes for it, coming from an i3. For the first few weeks it worked fine, but then it started to freeze while watching movies. Then it started happening all the time, and the cooling fan became consistently noisy for working at full capacity.

I was used to opening task manager on older systems when this happened to see if there was a non-responding program and force it closed, so I noticed Task Manager offers some more features in Win 8. Here, I see that CPU usage is high, staying always around 70% and from time to time reaching 100. At this moment, the process taking the biggest slice is called VCS System Tray with 58%.

What's perhaps more concerning, is that Disk usage is almost constantly on 100%. And by this I mean it reaches 100 and stays there for long periods of time, perhaps up to 20 minutes, then it falls down a few seconds and up again to 100. During this time the computer is excruciatingly painful to use. To even open a program takes forever. When this happens, it seems that Chrome is at the top of the list of processes with most disk usage, with about 1-2Mbps, but this sometimes changes and the list can be led by System, Utorrent, Octoshape, VCS System Tray, Communications Service...I think it's not related to any process by itself, but its nearly ALWAYS at 100%.

Finally, memory usage is also pretty high at 78%, but I guess this may be because 4Gb is not too much for this computer. I'm hoping to upgrade to 8 soon. Out of the 10 processes consuming most memory, 9 is Google Chrome (how's that even possible?).

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Maintenance :: Upgraded To 8.1 - High Disk Usage And CPU

Oct 29, 2013

I bought new lenovo ideapad Z400 touch 2 month ago with Windows 8. Last week i upgraded to win 8.1 and recover back to win 8 , since then i have some problems.

When I have the Task Manager open, I notice the disk usage climbing to 50, 75, 100 also the CPU , even though there's scarcely any disk activity going on, the laptop's fan is working harder and very noisy , my processor's speed and heat are jumping high without any programs on.

I tried almost anything, checked for viruses, disabled unnecessary startup programs, clean boot, but it still the same.

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Maintenance :: High Disk And CPU Usage After Upgrade

Aug 28, 2014

Today I upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1. For some reason, after upgrading, my hard disk usage is always hovering at around 60% usage and my CPU usage is always hovering at around 50%. This is when the PC is idle. When I was using 7, the disk would rarely jump over 30% usage and the CPU would never go above 7% when idle. The sound of the hard disk constantly working away is doing my head in, not to mention it's at around 50 degrees as opposed to 45 degrees previously.

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Maintenance :: High RAM Usage During File Transfer

Dec 18, 2013

In window 7 it uses maximum 2gb of ram when transfering big file, say an example a movie size of 8gb. now in windows 8 it seems it uses 6-8GB its as if file is transfered into ram first and then slowly copy into targeted disk. just what is going on here and why microsoft decided to do this? if power goes out then all the files is gone and the entire process is actually slower imho.

Is there anyway to disable this? or revert it back to similar what 7 had?

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Maintenance :: CPU Usage Goes High Because Of System Interrupts?

Apr 25, 2014

Basically when I start my laptop everything is good for a while when suddenly the CPU usage goes high because of System Interrupts (~25%) and System (~12%). I have tried using LatencyMon to track down the problem and it used to give me alerting messages but now it gives me messages that are all green and nice ("Your system appears to be handling(...)").

NOTE: My drivers ARE up-to-date, but I am not sure my BIOS is. I don't really know how to update the BIOS though, it's a really weird model I have here, that has become obsolete.

*update1* Upon thinking that it might be the wireless driver or the network driver I disabled both, but it didn't drop the CPU usage

*update2*Now I get disconnected from the internet randomly... it may be the wi-fi driver after all

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Maintenance :: Service Host (11) High CPU Usage

May 14, 2014

Recently I have noticed an unusually High CPU usage from 'Service Host: Local System (Network Restricted)(11)'

I have tried the fix from this thread, but it only works for a few minutes.

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Maintenance :: Samsung Ultrabook Np-530U4C-S01 High Ram Usage

Jul 23, 2013

I'm using Samsung Ultrabook Np-530U4C-S01. Here is tech specs. (using Windows 8, not 7)


So when i start my computer it has avg 2.5 GB memory. Here is task manager SS:

high ram usage problem - Imgur

So why is that?

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Maintenance :: High Disk Active Time - SSD Dying?

Jun 26, 2014

This just started happening recently and I don't know why. Performance monitor doesn't show anything irregular, neither does process monitor.

I've run an sfc scan and chkdsk too as well as updating everything and seeing if disabling av software work but nothing has.

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Maintenance :: High Memory Usage (89%) On Laptop - Windows 8

Jul 12, 2014

I am having problems with my memory it has jumped to 89% and stays there. I tried to restart i looked at the processes it seems that non-paged tools is taking the most. I used RamMAP tool to find this problem.

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Maintenance :: Store Broker Causing Very High CPU Usage?

Apr 29, 2014

So I booted up my pc this afternoon, but notice with my monitoring software, my cpu activity was going nuts.

I opened task manager, and sorted by cpu usage, and " Store Broker" was using app 35% of my cpu just sitting at desktop. I ended it in task manager - what the heck is this and why would it be running?

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Maintenance :: Very High Disk Usage (Windows 8 Pro 64bit)

Jul 4, 2013

Over the past couple of weeks I have been getting high disk usage on my computer, causing it to run extremely slowly.

Just after I took the attached screenshot, my System went down to around 6MB/s and the "Service Host: Local System (Network Restricted)" jumped to around 16MB/s Looking in resource monitor the main things causing the high read speed are:

'rundll32.exe' and 'ccsvchst.exe' and one just called 'System'

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