As part of Microsoft’s ongoing effort to upgrade its software, Windows 10 automatically downloads updates. Sometimes, these updates can change important settings on your computer, including Windows Power Plan. The four power plans pre-installed with Windows are Power Saver, Balanced, High Performance, and Ultimate Performance. If you’re running into issues with these plans after an update, don’t worry—here’s how to undo the damage.
Windows 10 and Windows 11 can both take advantage of the steps in this guide.
Method 1: How to Restore Missing Power Plans Using Command Prompt in Windows 10
Step 1: Click on the Start menu and type Command Prompt in the search box. Right-click on the result and click on Run as Administrator to open a Command Prompt with administrator privileges.
Step 2: It’s time to restore the default power plans. In the Command Prompt window, enter the commands below and hit Enter.
- To enable the Power saver, plan to enter this command and hit enter:
powercfg -duplicatescheme a1841308-3541-4fab-bc81-f71556f20b4a
- To enable the Balanced plan to enter this command and hit enter:
powercfg -duplicatescheme 381b4222-f694-41f0-9685-ff5bb260df2e
- To enable the High Performance plan to enter this command and hit enter:
powercfg -duplicatescheme 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c
- To enable the Ultimate Performance plan to enter this command and hit enter:
powercfg -duplicatescheme e9a42b02-d5df-448d-aa00-03f14749eb61
Now that you are done changing the power plan settings, you can use the computer without worrying about your battery running out so quickly.
Method 2: How to Restore Missing Default Power Plans in Windows 10 and Windows 11
Step 1: Here is a link to download default power plans for Windows 10 and Windows 11.
Step 2: Once you’ve downloaded the file, extract it using your favorite file decompression program. (WinRAR, 7zip)
Step 3: You may search for “cmd” by entering it in the Windows 10 or Windows 11 search box and then right-clicking the resulting link and running the item as an administrator.
Step 4: Now, Run the following command in a command prompt.
Go to the folder where you extracted the files, and then you should look for the path of this folder in which these four files are there.
- powercfg -import “path of the folder\Power saver.pow”
- powercfg -import “path of the folder\Balanced.pow”
- powercfg -import “path of the folder\High performance.pow”
- powercfg -import “path of the folder\Ultimate Performance.pow”
For example, powercfg -import “D:\Downloads\High performance.pow”
Once you are done with the changes, the default power plans will be active immediately.
Method 3: How to Restore Missing Power Plans Using Command Prompt in Windows 10 and Windows 11
Step 1: Click the Start button and search for the Command Prompt program. Right-click the icon, then choose Run as Administrator to start a Command Prompt window with administrator rights.
Step 2: To restore your missing power plans, open a Command Prompt window and enter the following commands:
When you finish making changes, the default power plans will become active immediately.