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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Managing power plans in Windows 7






                In windows XP you probably know how to manage the power settings for your system on a laptop or desktop. Now we take you through how to manage power settings and create custom plans in Windows 7.


There are new power management options that you can set up in Windows 7 compared to Windows XP. You might want to change plans to save battery power on your laptop, or reduce energy consumption on a desktop at home or the office. Here we will look at how to manage the power plans

Power Settings

To access power plan options, type power settings into the search bar in the Start Menu and hit Enter.




The Power Options screen opens and from here you can select from three predefined plans–Balanced, Power saver, or High performance.




Click on Choose what the power button does and you can tweak several options such as Requiring a password on wakeup and what the power button on the computer does. If you set When I press the power button to Do nothing, you won’t have a problem with the PC shutting down when you accidently hit the power button.



To change any one of the predefined power plans click on Change plan settings.



Then you can change the amount of inactive time before the monitor is turned off or the computer goes into Sleep mode.



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



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