Maintenance :: Windows 8.1 Power Settings Automated

Sep 15, 2014

I build out tons of machines of all makes and models for demo scenarios. One of the things that is the same on all devices is our custom power settings.

Is there a way to copy the power settings and apply them to any new laptop we build out?


Laptop 1: Power settings are set to never go to sleep, not require passwords on wake up, brightness set to max, disable adaptive brightness.

I am hoping to be able to run a batch file or something to accomplish this on every machine I build out.

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Maintenance :: Windows 8.1 Won't Retain Changes To Power Option Settings

Sep 15, 2014

I've been trying to change my power options. I go into Power Saver, "change plan settings," and try to change the "On battery" setting from "Put the computer to sleep: 3 minutes" to "Put the computer to sleep: Never." (I want to make this change because I have a Dell XPS, and it can have difficulties waking up from sleep.)

I've made this change a number of times, but after a while my computer simply reverts back to the 3 minute setting on its own. So, I leave the machine alone for a few minutes, I come back, and it's asleep...even though I thought I had changed the setting to 30 minutes. And in fact, I *had* changed the setting to 30 minutes; the computer is somehow reverting to 3 minutes on its own.

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Maintenance :: Power Saver Settings Option Windows 8?

Aug 30, 2013

Use of the Power Saver Setting in Windows 8 lowers my pc temperature (at idle) by at least 6 degrees. Using this setting, my pc now idles at 27 degrees C. When I use High Performance, my idle temp is usually at least 33 degrees, or more. For those who have problems with their pc's running warm, this is just one of the things I've found which works for temperature lowering. My biggest impact on lowering temp was air cleaning the pc case interior - getting all the fuzzy balls out...... At one point, my idle temp was in the 50 to 60 degree range and I figured my disk was failing. After checking for a possible problem, I found much of the problem was my own maintenance procedure failure. So, if your pc seems to be running rather high, look around for the simple solutions - clean pc, use power settings, etc.

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Maintenance :: Win 8.1 - Power Plan Settings Keeps On Reverting Back After Restart

Jan 13, 2014

I just had my laptop install Windows 8.1 tonight. It's a clean install, by the way. Now the problem is I noticed that every time I restart my laptop it's power plan reverts back to "power saver", I had it set on "high performance" before. I own a Samsung laptop, model is NP535U3C-A01, Series 5.

Processor: AMD A6-4455
Memory: 8 GB
Graphics card: AMD Radeon HD 7500G

It stops charging at 99%.

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Maintenance :: How Power Plans Work - Balanced Settings For Plugged And Unplugged Respectively

Apr 30, 2013

I was wondering how Power Plans work. Say, I have my Power Plan set on Balanced. Now it'll adapt to the Balanced settings for plugged and unplugged respectively.

my computer needs more power for a task I'm performing while I'm not plugged in. Will it be able to push itself to it's capabilities, or would it stay restricted? How about when it's plugged in?

If I would rather have "High Performance" settings when I'm plugged in, and "Balanced" when I'm not, is there a way to do that? It's clear that Power Plans work even while being plugged in, but I see no need to limit the PC while you aren't on battery.

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Windows 8.1 Ignores Power Settings And Hibernates After 5 Minutes

Jan 20, 2014

My PC ignores all power settings and hibernates after approx 5 minutes of user inactivity. It is a Dell Vostro 200, which I had been running successfully on Windows 8 Pro. The problem appears to have been the result of upgrading to Windows 8.1.

Regardless of the power scheme settings, the PC goes into hibernation after 5 minutes of "inactivity"; i.e. if there is no user keyboard or mouse input. The hibernation also ignores most background processes, so it will go into hibernation even if I am streaming internet radio. I use Windows Home Server, and the daily backup process is currently failing because the PC wakes up to start the backup, but hibernates after 5 minutes, in the middle of the backup process.

The only exception I can find is YouTube - hibernation does not occur if I watch a video longer than 5 minutes, even if there is no user input.

I have tried various suggestions from other forums, without success:

The video drivers up to date.

BIOS is up to date, and ACPI is set to S3.

I have run power settings troubleshooter which reset power settings to "Balanced".

I have tried setting power to "Always on"

I have tried a clean boot process, disabling all start ups and other services, but the problem still occurs As noted above, the PC was previously working fine, and the only change I can identify is applying the Windows 8.1 upgrade.

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Dec 19, 2013

Well basically I download a lot of junk which I forget to delete, so I want to create a task that automates deletion of the files each month, I know you can do it through the Task Scheduler, but I do not know the specific steps for what I want to do.

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Screensaver And Power Settings Are Not Working In Win 8.1

Jul 7, 2014

My screensaver and power setting to turn off the display has stopped working, and these were working the other day. The only thing I have changed is I updated iTunes. I have tried a system restore to before this and this did not fix this.

Among other things I have tried a clean boot, sfc, and checking the energy report. Clean boot did nothing and sfc gave no errors. I uploaded my energy report if any one thinks it could be useful.

I also tried to put the PC into sleep, which I don't normally do and it woke up a little while later. That gave me the following error in event viewer:

The system firmware has changed the processor's memory type range registers (MTRRs) across a sleep state transition (S4). This can result in reduced resume performance.

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Turn Off Sleep Mode In Power Settings

Dec 8, 2013

I have turned sleep mode off in power settings and turned off requirement for password yet after no activity within a very short space of time I am required to log back in. How do I disable these functions for good ??

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Create Individual Power Settings For Each Hard Drive?

Jun 29, 2013

I have a number of different drives that I use for different purposes but I only use two of them frequently.I would like for the others to enter sleep mode when not in use, but never my main two. Is there any way to edit power saving settings for individual drives?

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Why Plan Settings And Advanced Power Options Configuration Differs From Each Other

May 20, 2014

Why Plan Settings and 'Advanced Power Options' configuration differs from each other?

My plan Settings sets the time to sleep with computer plugged in to 25minutes whereas the advanced power options has it on 180 minutes. Same applies to other options of the power options.

I was wondering what this mess is all about? I restored both to default and set the advanced to 'Never' and manually configure the Plan Settings.

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Maintenance :: No Power Option In Windows 8

Jan 23, 2013

I recently upgraded to Windows 8 (64-bit) and noticed I don't have power options available. I own an HP Pavilion DV7, usually when I leave the laptop to do something over night, I go into "Choose what closing the lid does" and I get the error saying my power plan info is not available. Whenever I try to create a powerplan it tells me the same thing, but when I hit next, it tells me it can't find the file specified. I have no power options at the moment. I tried resetting to defaults using cmd, rebooted, and the only power option I had (Razer Gamebooster) was gone, and had nothing after.

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Options Missing From Power Options Advanced Settings?

Jul 28, 2014

I went into my power options to change some of the advanced settings and most of them are missing? I am on windows 8.1 with a week old Surface Pro 3. I want to say I read somewhere that hyper-v can cause options to be missing, but I honestly don't even know what that is and I don't have it installed.

Screenshot attached

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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 :: Windows 8.1 - Pushing Power Button No Longer Wakes Up PC

Jan 1, 2014

After installing 8.1, pushing the power button on my venue pro 11, no longer wakes it up. I have to hold the button several times before it finally restarts. Ive read this could be due to an update. It did not do this before 8.1.

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Maintenance :: How To Change Or Force Physical Power Button Windows 8

Jun 7, 2014

I actually wanted a confirmation dialog box to shutdown when i press power button (physical) but I didn't got any luck so, im trying to trigger a application (shutdown apps) when a physical power button is pressed. if there is any hack or tweak which satisfies my need to prevent windows 8 directly shutting down when power button is pressed.

I am looking for registry editor or any other script to fulfill my need.

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Maintenance :: Windows 8 Laptop No Longer Allows To Select Option Out Of Power Saver

Jan 30, 2013

My windows 8 laptop no longer allows me to select an option out of Power Saver, Balanced, High Performance, Power4Gear Battery Saving, and Power4Gear High Performance. It is set to High Performance, and any time I try to click another option it immediately returns to High Performance.

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Jul 23, 2014

The icons on the start menu and login screen are missing. how do i solve this?

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Maintenance :: How To Fix Kernel-power 41 Event

Jul 13, 2013

I got my new ASUS laptop on Mother's Day this year, and the first event happened a week later. I've had this same event happen 6 times since then as shown by the attached image.

I'm comfortable with computers but am not an IT person so I'm not comfortable performing tasks within my system unless I know what the heck I'm doing or why.

W7 forum said overclocking (it's not), heat (this last time it had been in sleep mode while I was out and within moments of waking it up it crashed), sudden loss of power (it's plugged in AND has 100% battery left) and so on. In other words, it doesn't appear to be related to any of those things. It just randomly happens.

1) why this keeps happening and

2) how to fix it?

I've been very disappointed in my new laptop since getting it; I've NEVER had such issues with a new computer before..and I thoroughly dislike Windows 8 and I doubt I'm alone in that view.

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Maintenance :: How To Set Automatic Shutdown And Power On

Sep 15, 2014

I'm looking for a way to automatically shutdown PC at midnight and turn it back on at 16h during work days (while I'm at work). Is there a way to do that in the built-in scheduler or is there an app for that?

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Maintenance :: HP Pavilion 20 - Power Options Not Working

May 24, 2013

The power options on my computer have stopped working. The screen does not dim or turn off automatically and the computer does not sleep automatically.

I bought my HP Pavilion 20 all in one desktop two weeks ago and then power options stopped working a week ago everything else seems OK. I looked in the console and "balance" is checked, going further, all the times are set (display dimmed 5 mins, turn off display 10 mins, put computer to sleep 30 mins). A day or so before this happened I replaced the standard (rather cheap) wired keyboard and mouse with a Logitech k360 Keyboard and m326 mouse (both wireless).

I can put the computer to sleep using the keyboards sleep button. I also temporarily changed the "Put Computer to Sleep" section in Power Options console to "never" when "Windows Photo Gallery" needed to update the face recondition on my photos transferred from my old computer (it took over 24 hours). After "Windows Photo Gallery" had finished I changed it back to 30 mins and since then no power options.

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Maintenance :: Power Options Set To Never Sleep But It Still Does After About 20 Minutes?

May 17, 2014

Have power options set to never sleep but it still does after about 20 minutes and I need to re-enter password to get going again.

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Maintenance :: UEFI Bios Settings For Windows 8

Apr 11, 2013

what settings are required in the UEFI Bios to run recovery USB/ disks or Linux live CDs. It all used to be so simple. The manufacturer seems unaware that it supplies UEFI systems - so I am working blind. Have tried boot CDs and USBs but all have booted straight into Windows to date. I don't wish to change settings I have no understanding of.

I have a Medion /Lenovo desktop with an AMI UEFI Bios (12 July 2012) and Aptio Setup.

The following seem relevant are supplied as enabled in "Bios":

Intel Rapid Startup Technology
Quiet Boot
Boot Select Mode [UEFI]
UEFI Hard Disk BBS Priorities - Boot Option #1 - Windows Boot Manager
Secure Boot - Secure Boot Mode [Standard]

What do these all mean and what effect do they have on how Windows 8 runs and how boot drives run?

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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 :: Start Automatic In Power Save Mode?

Sep 15, 2014

Every time I start and restart my Windows 8.1 laptop it goes automatic in Power Save mode. How do I turn this off and late it every moment in High Performance?

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Maintenance :: How To Remove Advanced Entries In Win 8.1 Power Plan

Sep 15, 2014

Is there any way to remove old not needed advanced entries in the windows 8.1 power plan settings. Here is a picture of what I'm talking about. Highlighted in red is what i don't need anymore any way to remove it?.

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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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Maintenance :: Windows 8 Laptop - Lock Brightness Settings?

Mar 12, 2013

Well, I have installed Windows 8 on my laptop, but was wondering if there is a way to lock the screen brightness.

The reason being is that family members constantly mess with the brightness and sometimes leave it at 100% when using the battery. I basically want to extend the life of the battery if it is possible by disabling or locking the screen brightness at a certain level.

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Maintenance :: Laptop Automatically Switches To Power Saver Mode

Dec 16, 2013

I'm currently experiencing this issue and it's really annoying. I just bought this laptop for 2 months and it's been working fine. Then suddenly this problem started yesterday. Generally every time I open up a game my laptop will automatically switch to Power saver mode and it causes some lags in the game. At this point I would Alt+Tab to desktop and switch it to "High Performance". Here's the annoying part, even though I have set it back to "High Performance", the laptop still works as it in "Power saver" mode, I can tell because the game is still laggy and slow. I tried to restart the laptop and experienced the same issue. I ran a Full scan by using Avast Internet Security 2014 and didn't detect any problem at all. What should I do?

By the way my OS is windows 8.1

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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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Sep 15, 2014

I am the administrator and only user of the pc. It is a surface pro 3. What do I do?

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