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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

How to Export and Import Power Plans in Windows 7



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

This process can be used on Windows 7, Vista and Windows XP.




Warning
You will need to be logged in as an administrator to be able to do this.

EXAMPLE:
Power Plans



Here's How:

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)



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
Substitute Power Plan Name in the command below for the name (all one word) you want for the power plan 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.

Code:
powercfg -export "%UserProfile%\Power Plan Name.pow" GUID



Balanced -
Code:
powercfg -export "%UserProfile%\Balanced.pow" 381b4222-f694-41f0-9685-ff5bb260df2e

High Performance -
Code:
powercfg -export "%UserProfile%\High Performance.pow" 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c

Power Saver -
Code:
powercfg -export "%UserProfile%\Power Saver.pow" a1841308-3541-4fab-bc81-f71556f20b4a

Custom -
Code:
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:
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.

Code:
powercfg -import "(Full Path of .pow file)"

FOR EXAMPLE: 
If I have my exported (step 3) CustomPlan.pow file saved to my desktop, then I would type in either one of the commands exactly as below.

Code:
powercfg -import "%UserProfile%\Custom Plan.pow"



OR

Code:
powercfg -import "C:\Users\User-Name\Desktop\Custom Plan.pow"

B) The imported pow file (power plan) has now been added as a custom power plan to be able to select and use.


This process can be used on Windows 7, Vista and Windows XP.

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