How do you disable a computer's power-saving mode?


Quick Answer

Disable the power-saving mode on a Windows computer by accessing the Hardware and Sound section within the Control Panel and selecting the High Performance plan, or by modifying one of the existing plans and disabling all power-saving features. After completing the modifications, save the changes, and restart the computer.

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Click the Start button, click on Control Panel, and then click on the Hardware and Sound link. Click on Power Options, select the High Performance option in the Preferred Plans section, and close the Power Options window. To modify an existing plan further, click on the Change Plan Settings link next to the plan, select Never from the drop-down menus next to the options that control display and sleep behaviors, click Save Changes, and restart the computer. If you’re using a laptop, change the settings in both sections so that they apply whether the laptop is plugged into a power source or not.

To change individual components of a power plan, click on the Change Advanced Power Settings link, click on the plus symbol next to each option to access it, and set the options so that individual components never turn off automatically and that the plan never throttles certain functions. If you can’t make these modifications, log in using an account with administrative privileges, or ask the system administrator to grant your account the necessary privileges via the Local Group Policy Editor management console.

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