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Open Power Options from Win+X Menu to Control Panel or Settings in Windows 10

The Win+X Quick Link menu is a pop-up menu from the Start button that includes shortcuts of common management, configuration, and other power user Windows tools.

Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14942, Power Options in the Win+X menu opens to Settings by default now instead of the Control Panel.

This tutorial will show you how to have Power Options in the Win+X Quick Link menu open to Control Panel or Settings for your account in Windows 10.

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Add or Remove ‘Allow wake timers’ from Power Options in Windows 10

The Allow wake timers setting in Power Options allows Windows to automatically wake your computer from sleep on a timer for scheduled tasks and other programs. You can set this to be enabled, disabled, or important wake timers only.

A wake timer is a timed event that wakes the PC from sleep and hibernate states at a specific time. For example, a task in Task Scheduler set with the “Wake the computer to run this task” check box checked.

Important wake timers are a new class of wake timer in Windows 10 that includes things like reboots after a Windows update that requires one. They supersede all other settings.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Allow wake timers setting under Sleep in Power Options for all users in Windows 10.

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Add or Remove ‘Turn off hard disk after’ from Power Options in Windows 10

The Turn off hard disk after power option lets users set to have hard disks (HDD) power down after a specified time of HDD inactivity is detected. This will not affect a SSD (Solid State Drive).

Having your HDDs automatically turned off after being idle can help save energy and extend a PC’s battery life.

When you or anything tries to access a HDD that has been turned off, there will be a delay of a few seconds as the HDD automatically spins back up and is turned back on before being able to access it.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Turn off hard disk after setting under Hard disk in Power Options for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Add ‘Console lock display off timeout’ to Power Options in Windows 10

“Console lock display off timeout” is the amount of minutes Windows will wait idle with no activity while on the lock screen when a user locks the computer before timing out and automatically turning off the display.

The “Console lock display off timeout” setting is not shown in Power Options by default.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the “Console lock display off timeout” setting under Display in Power Options for all users in Windows 10.

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How to See Sleep States Available on your Windows 10 PC

To the user, the system appears to be either on or off. There are no other detectable states. However, the system supports multiple power states that correspond to the power states defined in the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) specification. There are also variations of these states, such as hybrid sleep and fast startup.

States S1, S2, S3, and S4 are the sleeping states. A system in one of these states is not performing any computational tasks and appears to be off. Unlike a system in the shutdown state (S5), however, a sleeping system retains memory state, either in the hardware or on disk. The operating system need not be rebooted to return the computer to the working state.

Some devices can wake the system from a sleeping state when certain events occur, such as an incoming call to a modem. In addition, on some computers, an external indicator tells the user that the system is merely sleeping.

With each successive sleep state, from S1 to S4, more of the computer is shut down. All ACPI-compliant computers shut off their processor clocks at S1 and lose system hardware context at S4 (unless a hibernate file is written before shutdown), as listed in the sections below. Details of the intermediate sleep states can vary depending on how the manufacturer has designed the machine. For example, on some machines certain chips on the motherboard might lose power at S3, while on others such chips retain power until S4. Furthermore, some devices might be able to wake the system only from S1 and not from deeper sleep states.

This tutorial will explain and show you how to see the sleep states available on your Windows 10 PC.

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How to Rename a Power Plan in Windows 10

A power plan is a collection of hardware and system settings that manages how computers use and conserve power. A power plan is also known as a power scheme. You can create custom power plans that are optimized for specific computers.

By default, Windows 10 includes three built-in power plans: Balanced, Power Saver, and High Performance. You can customize these existing plans for your systems, create new plans that are based on the existing plans, or create a new power plan from scratch.

This tutorial will show you how to rename any power plan on your Windows 10 PC.

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How to Reset and Restore Power Plans in Windows 10

A power plan is a collection of hardware and system settings that manages how computers use and conserve power. A power plan is also known as a power scheme. You can create custom power plans that are optimized for specific computers.

By default, Windows 10 includes three built-in power plans: Balanced, Power Saver, and High Performance. You can customize these existing plans for your systems, create new plans that are based on the existing plans, or create a new power plan from scratch.

Changes made to a power plan’s settings will affect all users that have chosen the same power plan as their default active power scheme.

If you like, you can reset a single power plan’s settings to default.

You can also completely reset and restore power plans to default on your PC. This will delete all custom power plans, and restore and reset the built-in Balanced, Power Saver, and High Performance power plans.

This tutorial will show you how to reset and restore power plans to default for all users on your Windows 10 PC.

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How to Delete a Power Plan in Windows 10

A power plan is a collection of hardware and system settings that manages how computers use and conserve power. A power plan is also known as a power scheme. You can create custom power plans that are optimized for specific computers.

By default, Windows 10 includes three built-in power plans: Balanced, Power Saver, and High Performance. You can customize these existing plans for your systems, create new plans that are based on the existing plans, or create a new power plan from scratch.

If you created power plans that you no longer use or need, you can delete them.

This tutorial will show you how to delete a power plan on your Windows 10 PC.

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How to Export and Import a Power Plan in Windows 10

A power plan is a collection of hardware and system settings that manages how computers use and conserve power. A power plan is also known as a power scheme. You can create custom power plans that are optimized for specific computers.

By default, Windows 10 include three power plans: Balanced, Power Saver, and High Performance. You can customize these existing plans for your systems, create new plans that are based on the existing plans, or create a new power plan from scratch.

You can export a power plan and all its settings to a .pow file, then be able to import the .pow file to restore the power plan and it’s settings on any Windows PC.

This tutorial will show you how to export (backup) and import (restore) a power plan along with its settings in Windows 10.

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