If the high performance power plan is missing in Windows 10, there is an easy way to fix it and bring it back.
Windows offers you a variety of power plans. Depending on your situation, you can adjust how your computer uses power to either extend battery life or get more performance out of your computer.
The native power plan that gets the most juice out of your computer is called High performance. However, it is not always visible, so many users assume that it is not an option on their computer. Fortunately, it's easy to fix the missing plan and bring it back into view.
How to fix a missing high performance benefit plan
First, check to see if your high performance power plan is visible. Right-click the battery icon in the system tray and select Energy settings. You may have to click View additional plans to see the full list.
If the high performance plan doesn't exist, then you'll need to create it. Follow the step-by-step instructions below:
Right-click the battery icon in the system tray and select Energy settings.
In the area on the left side of the window, click Create a power plan.
Click the check box next to High performance.
Give your new plan a name at the bottom of the window.
When you're done, click Next.
The plan will now be reactivated.
To select the high performance plan, return to the Power Options menu and check the box next to the name of the plan you just created.
Keep in mind that it doesn't necessarily make sense to use the high-performance plan all the time. This will discharge the battery faster and shorten the overall life of the battery faster.
How to improve battery life
For more Windows tricks, check out our article on How to Use Power Throttling to Extend Battery Life in Windows 10.
There are other methods that you can use to reduce your computer's power consumption. This is good for your battery pack and good for the environment.
Some tips to try include upgrading older mechanical hard drives to solid-state drives, checking that the ACPI Suspend Type option in the BIOS is set to S3, and using built-in graphics adapters.
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