Most useful commands for PowerCFG command line

Power Configuration or powercfg.exe  is a command-line tool in Windows which allows you to configure power system settings. It is especially useful for laptops which run on battery and will enable you to configure hardware-specific configurations which are directly not available through the user interface. In this post, we are looking at the Most useful commands for PowerCFG.

Useful PowerCFG commands

powercfg or powercfg.exe can be directly used from the Run prompt or using PowerShell or the Command Prompt.

Useful powercfg commands

Here is the list of commands and options you can use, and it uses GUID, which is even more powerful.

  1. Change Power configuration for performance
  2. Tweak Basic Power Settings
  3. Enable/Disable Hibernation
  4. Ask for Password on Screen wakeup
  5. Change power plan type
  6. Set hard disk timeout
  7. Change wireless adapter power saving mode
  8. Change sleep timeout
  9. Set what happens when you close Laptop lid
  10. Change Processor Power State when on battery
  11. Set monitor timeout
  12. Change multimedia settings

Use them only if you are a power user, and confortable with command line.

1] Set Power configuration to High Performance

powercfg -setactive 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c

2] Tweaks the basic power settings

powercfg -change -hibernate-timeout-ac x

powercfg -change -hibernate-timeout-dc x

Where x is time in minutes. If you type powercfg -change -hibernate-timeout-ac 5, then the computer will hibernate in 5 minutes.

3] Turn off or disable hibernation

powercfg -hibernate OFF

4]  Ask for Password on Screen wakeup 

powercfg -setacvalueindex 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c fea3413e-7e05-4911-9a71-700331f1c294 0e796bdb-100d-47d6-a2d5-f7d2daa51f51 0

(0=false, 1=true)

5] Change power plan type 

powercfg -setacvalueindex 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c fea3413e-7e05-4911-9a71-700331f1c294 245d8541-3943-4422-b025-13a784f679b7 1

(0=power saver, 1=high performance, 2=balanced)

6] Set hard disk timeout

powercfg -setdcvalueindex 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c 0012ee47-9041-4b5d-9b77-535fba8b1442 6738e2c4-e8a5-4a42-b16a-e040e769756e 0

7] Change wireless adapter power saving mode

powercfg -setacvalueindex 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c 19cbb8fa-5279-450e-9fac-8a3d5fedd0c1 12bbebe6-58d6-4636-95bb-3217ef867c1a 0

(0=max perf, 1=low power saving, 2=med power saving, 3=max power saving)

8] Change sleep timeout

powercfg -setacvalueindex 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c 238c9fa8-0aad-41ed-83f4-97be242c8f20 29f6c1db-86da-48c5-9fdb-f2b67b1f44da x

Where x is time in minutes.

9] Set what happens when you close Laptop lid

powercfg -setacvalueindex 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c 4f971e89-eebd-4455-a8de-9e59040e7347 5ca83367-6e45-459f-a27b-476b1d01c936 0

(0=do nothing, 1=sleep, 2=hibernate, 3=shutdown)

10] Change Processor Power State when on battery

Use the following options to change state.

  • 0,1=power saver
  • 2,3=balanced
  • and 4,5=high performance.

Processor power state

powercfg -setacvalueindex 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c 54533251-82be-4824-96c1-47b60b740d00 68f262a7-f621-4069-b9a5-4874169be23c 4

Minimum processor state

powercfg -setacvalueindex 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c 54533251-82be-4824-96c1-47b60b740d00 893dee8e-2bef-41e0-89c6-b55d0929964c 100

Processor power perfstate settings

powercfg -setacvalueindex 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c 54533251-82be-4824-96c1-47b60b740d00 bbdc3814-18e9-4463-8a55-d197327c45c0 4

11] Set monitor timeout

powercfg -setacvalueindex 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c 7516b95f-f776-4464-8c53-06167f40cc99 3c0bc021-c8a8-4e07-a973-6b14cbcb2b7e x

Where x is time in minutes.

12] Change multimedia settings

powercfg -setacvalueindex 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c 9596fb26-9850-41fd-ac3e-f7c3c00afd4b 03680956-93bc-4294-bba6-4e0f09bb717f 2

(0=take no action, 1=prevent computer from sleeping, 2=enable away mode)

So if you are comforable with using GUID, these commands will always be useful. We hope you found the commands easy to follow.


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