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How to View Power Plan Settings in a Text File in Windows


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A power plan is a collection of hardware and system settings that manages how your computer uses power. Power plans can help you save energy, maximize system performance, or achieve a balance between the two.

This tutorial will show you how to copy all the settings of a specified power plan scheme in Windows to a text (.txt) file that can be used to allow you and others to view them from.

For example, to be able to upload the .txt file here at Eight Forums (or elsewhere) to have others see all of your power plan settings to allow them to better help you with them.


EXAMPLE: Power Options for a Power Scheme

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Here's How:

1. Open a command prompt in Vista/Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1.

2. Do step 3 or 4 below for what you would like to do.


3. To View Current Active Power Plan Scheme in a Text File

A) In the command prompt, copy and paste the command below, press Enter, and go to step 5 below.

powercfg /Q >%UserProfile%\Desktop\PowerPlanSettings.txt


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4. To View a Specified Power Plan Scheme in a Text File

A) In the command prompt, copy and paste the command below, and press Enter to see a list of existing power plan schemes.

powercfg /list


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Note   Note
The power scheme that has an asterisk * to the right of it is the current active power plan scheme.


B) In the command prompt, type the command below, press Enter, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

powercfg /Q SCHEME_GUID >%UserProfile%\Desktop\PowerPlanSettings.txt


Note   Note
Substitute SCHEME_GUID in the command with the actual GUID number of the power plan scheme you want from step 4A above.

For example, I would type this below for the High performance power plan scheme.

Code:
powercfg /Q 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c >%UserProfile%\Desktop\PowerPlanSettings.txt

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5. You can now close the command prompt if you like.

6. The PowerPlanSettings.txt file now on your desktop will contain all the settings of the power plan.
NOTE: If you like, you can rename the .txt file to anything you like.

7. When you open the .txt file, you will see a group like these below for each power plan setting. You will see the possible settings for each power plan setting, and what the current AC (plugged in) and DC (on battery) setting is.

Tip   Tip
The values will be in hexadecimal. If you like, you can use this free online hexadecimal to decimal converter to see what it's set to.

Hexadecimal to Decimal Converter


For example, 0x000004b0 (hex) for how many seconds to Turn off hard disk after below would equal to 1200 (decimal) seconds (20 minutes).



Code:
Subgroup GUID: fea3413e-7e05-4911-9a71-700331f1c294  (Settings belonging to no subgroup)
  GUID Alias: SUB_NONE
  Power Setting GUID: 0e796bdb-100d-47d6-a2d5-f7d2daa51f51  (Require a password on wakeup)
     GUID Alias: CONSOLELOCK
     Possible Setting Index: 000
     Possible Setting Friendly Name: No
     Possible Setting Index: 001
     Possible Setting Friendly Name: Yes
  Current AC Power Setting Index: 0x00000000
  Current DC Power Setting Index: 0x00000000
Code:
Subgroup GUID: 0012ee47-9041-4b5d-9b77-535fba8b1442  (Hard disk)
  GUID Alias: SUB_DISK
   Power Setting GUID: 6738e2c4-e8a5-4a42-b16a-e040e769756e  (Turn off hard disk after)
      GUID Alias: DISKIDLE
      Minimum Possible Setting: 0x00000000
      Maximum Possible Setting: 0xffffffff
      Possible Settings increment: 0x00000001
      Possible Settings units: Seconds
  Current AC Power Setting Index: 0x000004b0
  Current DC Power Setting Index: 0x000004b0


That's it,
Shawn