Customize, Rename, Change, Backup, Restore Power Plans using Command Line

A Power Plan is a collection of hardware and system settings that manages how computers use and conserve power. You can create custom power plans to help users configure a power plan that is optimized for their computers.

By default, Windows 10/8/7 and Windows Server include three power plans: Balanced, Power Saver, and High Performance. You can customize these plans for your systems, or create new plans that are based on the existing plans. let us see how to customize, rename, change backup and restore Power Plans

See the list of available power plans

Customize, Rename, Change, Backup, Restore Power Plans using Command Line

On your computer, at an elevated command prompt, type the following and hit Enter:

powercfg -LIST

Create a customized power plan

Click Start > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Power Options.

The Power Options control panel opens, and the power schemes appear.

Click Create a power plan.

Follow the on-screen instructions to create and customize a power plan based on an existing plan.

Capture, export or backup power plans

After you have created power plans that work for your system, capture the power plans from your technician computer, and deploy them to your destination computers. For example, to export a power plan from your technician computer called OutdoorScheme, type the following and hit Enter:

powercfg -EXPORT C:\OutdoorScheme.pow {guidScheme-New}

Deploy, import or restore power plans

To import a power plan called OutdoorScheme, open an elevated command prompt, and type:

powercfg -IMPORT C:\OutdoorScheme.pow

Set a power scheme to be the active power plan

Type the following and hit Enter. For example:

powercfg -SETACTIVE {guidScheme-New}

To activate the Power Saver plan, use:

powercfg.exe /setactive a1841308-3541-4fab-bc81-f71556f20b4a

To activate the Balanced plan, use:

powercfg.exe /setactive 381b4222-f694-41f0-9685-ff5bb260df2e

To activate the High-Performance plan, use:

powercfg.exe /setactive 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c

Restore Power Plan default schemes

Use this command:

powercfg –restoredefaultschemes

Rename a Power Option

Use the following switch in an elevated command prompt:

Powercfg –Changename GUID name [scheme_description]

This will modify the name of a power scheme and, optionally, the scheme description.


powercfg–changename GUID namescheme_description

GUID: Specifies the GUID of the power scheme

Name: Specifies the name of the power scheme.

scheme_description: Describes the power scheme.

If the description is omitted, then only the name will be changed.

To learn more of such additional Powercfg Command-Line Options, visit Technet. For a detailed read and more information please visit Technet Libraries.

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