How to Enable or Disable Power Throttling in Windows 10

Windows 10 v1709 introduces a new power-saving technology called Power Throttling. A unique feature of this technology is that while still giving users access to powerful multitasking capabilities, it improves battery life by running background work in a power-efficient manner. If you do not find it useful, you can disable it.

Power Throttling in Windows 10

A detection system built into Windows helps it identify active user tasks or work that is important to the user and keep them running. The other processes are automatically throttled. The Task Manager can be used readily to find such apps.

Find out which processes have Power Throttling enabled or disabled

To check which apps and processes are power-throttled, you will have to open the Task Manager, select the Details tab, right-click on it and click on Select columns. Here select Power Throttling to display the column, where you will be able to see the details.

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Enable/Disable Power Throttling

To disable Power Throttling in Windows 10 you will be required to change the active power plan from Balanced to High Performance. You can do this via the ‘Battery Indicator’ visible on the taskbar.

When you click the icon, it displays a slider with the selected power mode. It includes four positions, as shown in the image below when you move from left to right:

  • Battery saver
  • Better Battery (Recommended)
  • Better performance
  • Best performance

To disable Power Throttling, simply move the slider to the right to enable the Best Performance power plan. This will disable Power Throttling but it will increase the power consumption significantly as power saving functions are disabled as well in that mode.

Enable Power Throttling for Background Apps

You have complete control over your Windows 10 apps. As such, you can decide which apps should be throttled. You can choose to stop Windows 10 from managing the CPU resources for a these apps. To do this, open Settings > System and select Battery option.

Next, choose Battery Usage by App from the left panel and locate the app you want to exclude from Power Throttling, and uncheck the option “Let Windows decide when this app can run in the background”. Once you disable the option, a new checkbox will appear, “Allow the app to run background tasks“. Check this option to allow the app to run in the background.

With Power Throttling, when background work is running, Windows 10 places the CPU in its most energy efficient operating mode and gets the work done in the best way using minimal battery usage. Hope you find the feature working well for you.

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