Select the Best Power Scheme for You

We all want to keep our computers in peak condition. Any machine performs best when well maintained and well utilized. A computer is an invaluable partner. Your computer, like any good partner, should be a reflection of your computing style and needs.

You can now customize your PC’s power scheme to best suit your needs. Out of the box settings may work for some, but other users may have needs that are highly individual. Being able to choose the power scheme that best suits your needs will increase your computer’s ability to work with you and for you.

To do this, a registry tweak is required. To be able to successfully perform this tweak, you need to be on a Windows XP based machine. You also need to be able to edit your registry. Before you edit your registry though, make sure that you have a backup of your current registry settings. You can go back to your original settings in case any error or issue arises.

You can set the power scheme on an individual basis or on a local machine basis. Choose which method will best work for your needs.

Individual Power Schemes

  1. Click Start. Go to Run and enter regedit. A box will pop up. This is the registry editor.
  2. Locate the HKEY_CURRENT_USER folder on the left side of the registry. Expand the folder by clicking on the cross on the left.
  3. Go to Control Panel. Expand it.
  4. Look for PowerCfg.
  5. Look at the right hand side of the registry editor. Can you find CurrentPowerPolicy? If you can, proceed to step six. If you can’t, create the value using the following steps.

    Right click on the right hand side of the registry editor.

    Select New and then select String Value.

    Rename the value CurrentPowerPolicy or right click on the new string value you created and select Rename.

  6. Double click on CurrentPowerPolicy. A new box will open up.
  7. Select from the following values which best applies to you and put that value in the value data field.

    0 – This scheme is most suited to most at home or desktop computers that are left plugged in all the time.

    1 – This scheme is designed for extended battery life for portable computers on the road.

    2 – This scheme keeps the monitor on for doing presentations.

    3 – This scheme keeps the computer running so that it can be accessed from the network. Use this scheme if you do not have network wakeup hardware.

    4 – This scheme keeps the computer on and optimized for high performance.

    5 – This scheme is extremely aggressive for saving power.

  8. Exit the registry and reboot.

If you would like to implement a certain power scheme for all the users of a certain machine, here are the steps.

Power Schemes for All Users

  1. Click on Start and go to Run. Enter regedit. Your registry editor will appear on your screen.
  2. Look at the left hand side of your registry editor and find HKEY_USERS. Expand the folder by clicking on the little cross icon on the left hand side.
  3. Now look for DEFAULT and expand it.
  4. Once you’ve done that, look for Control Panel. Expand it.
  5. Go to PowerCfg.
  6. Now look at the right hand side of your registry editor. Can you find CurrentPowerPolicy? If you can, go on to step seven. If not, create this value first. Instructions follow.

    Right click on the right hand side of the registry editor.

    Select New and then select String Value.

    Rename the value CurrentPowerPolicy or right click on the new string value you created and select Rename

  7. Double click on CurrentPowerPolicy. A new box will pop up.
  8. Select which value best applies to the users of the system and type that value in the value data field.

    0 – This scheme is most suited to most at home or desktop computers that are left plugged in all the time.

    1 – This scheme is designed for extended battery life for portable computers on the road.

    2 – This scheme keeps the monitor on for doing presentations.

    3 – This scheme keeps the computer running so that it can be accessed from the network. Use this scheme if you do not have network wakeup hardware.

    4 – This scheme keeps the computer on and optimized for high performance.

    5 – This scheme is extremely aggressive for saving power.

  9. Exit the registry and reboot.