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How to reset a Windows 10 power plan to default

Power Plans is one of the best features on Windows 10. They offer flexibility that you won’t find on other desktop operating systems and, you can customize them. For simple power management, you have the option to either favor a better battery life i.e., go with low power consumption settings, or go with better performance i.e., let your hardware run at its optimal best. Out of the box, Windows 10 has three power plans; the Balanced power plan, the Power Saver plan, and the High Performance plan. All three plans can be customized but if you’ve changed it too much, and want to reset it, you can. The process is fairly simple. Here’s how you can reset a Windows 10 power plan.

Reset Windows 10 power plan

Open file explorer and in the navigation bar, enter the following. Tap Enter.

Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Power Options

This is where you will see the various power plans that are available. Click the ‘Change plan settings’ option. In the window that opens, click Change advanced power settings.

In the window that opens, you will see a button at the bottom ‘Restore Plan Defaults’. Click it, and the plan’s settings will all be reset to their base values.

You can now use it as is, or you can change it again.

If you’ve modified a power plan so much so that it is no longer the balanced or high performance plan that it originally was, and you want to keep it but also have it set to its defaults, there’s a way to do that. You need to create a new power plan. When you create a new power plan, you have to choose one of the three plans as the base, and then modify it. You can choose to not modify it. That way, you will have the original modified plan and another that is set to its default values.

To create a new power plan, open File Explorer and paste the following in the location bar.

Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Power Options

Click ‘Create new plan’ in the column on the left. On the Create a power plan screen, you will see the three plans that you can use as a base. Select the one you want for its default settings, and click Next. Don’t change anything else but give the plan a name so you know which one it is.

Changing the plans is easy, and you can even export power plans between Windows 10 PCs if you want.

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