FIX: Windows 10 power plans are missing

By: Elsie Otachi
4 minute read

Windows 10 power plans disappeared, how do I bring them back?

  1. Use Powercfg tool
  2. Create a Power Plan
  3. Restore default power plans
  4. Import a Power Plan
  5. Check Power Options settings
  6. Run Power Troubleshooter
  7. Change Registry settings

In Windows, a power plan is a set of hardware and system options that defines how power is used and preserved by your device.

The three built-in power plans include: Balanced, Power Saver and High Performance. All these can be customized for your systems, or you can create new plans based on the existing ones, or a completely new power plan from scratch.

Balanced plan offers full performance when needed, and saves the power when you don’t need it. Power saver, on the other hand saves your power by reducing performance and screen brightness. High performance maximizes your screen brightness and my increase performance; it uses more energy.

There’s another power plan: Ultimate performance. This is only available by default in Windows 10 Pro for Workstations edition starting with build 17101 for ultimate performance on higher end computers.

Any changes you make to the settings of any power plan affects all users that chose the same plan as their default power scheme.

For Windows 10, a new user interface allows you to change the power related options. The classic Control Panel is losing its features and may be replaced in entirety by the Settings app which already has most settings from the control pane.

However, Settings doesn’t have the ability to delete a power plan yet, so you’re still stuck with Control Panel.

While all this is said and done, sometimes, much to your dismay, you may notice that in Power Options, one of the power plan or plans goes missing. You’ve probably even searched the web for solutions and none of them worked to restore the power plans.

Here are some solutions you can try that will help you get back your Windows 10 missing power plans.

FIX: Windows 10 power plans not showing up

Use Powercfg tool

  • Open an elevated command or PowerShell prompt
  • Press Windows key and search for CMD or Windows PowerShell
  • If either result displays, right click and select Run as administrator

Windows 10 missing power plans

  • Download PowerPlans.zip file
  • Extract the plans to you desktop or download folder. You’ll have a Power Plans folder with the three backed up plans
  • In the elevated prompt, use the Powercfg tool built-in to Windows to import the Windows 10 missing power plans
  • Use the command line: powercfg -import “pathtopowerplan.pow for each plan as follows:
  • powercfg -import “C:UsersUSERDesktopPower PlansHigh Performance.pow
  • powercfg -import “C:UsersUSERDesktopPower PlansPower Saver.pow
  • powercfg -import “C:UsersUSERDesktopPower PlansBalanced.pow
  • You may not need to restart your computer as all power options may have been immediately available so check your control panel.
  • Press Windows Key and search for Power Plan
  • Select Choose a power plan from the search results
  • Go to Settings and see for yourself. The change in power plans is done purposely by Microsoft. The imported plans will not be imported as default, and you can delete them. The idea behind this was to import plans with the original default settings

Create a Power Plan

  • Right click Start
  • Select Power Options

Windows 10 missing power plans

  • Click on the Additional Power Settings link in the Related settings area

Windows 10 missing power plans

  • Click Create a power plan link
  • Select High performance
  • Specify the name for your new plan
  • Click Next:
    Choose the timeouts for sleep mode and display that you prefer
  • Click on Create. The new power plan will be added and activated:
  • To customize it, click on Change plan settings link
  • Click on Change advanced power settings. In this window you can tune all the settings you don’t like to be at default values.
  • Click OK

— RELATED: FIX: Power Plan keeps changing on Windows 10, 8, 7

Restore default power plans

  • Open an elevated command prompt

Windows 10 missing power plans

  • To restore the Power saver scheme, use the command: powercfg.exe -duplicatescheme a1841308-3541-4fab-bc81-f71556f20b4a
  • To restore the Balanced scheme, use the command: exe -duplicatescheme 381b4222-f694-41f0-9685-ff5bb260df2e
  • To restore the High Performance scheme, use the command: exe -duplicatescheme 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c
  • To restore the High Performance scheme, use the command: exe -duplicatescheme e9a42b02-d5df-448d-aa00-03f14749eb61

Import a Power Plan

  • Open an elevated command prompt
  • Type the following command: powercfg -import “The full path to your .pow file
  • Provide the correct path to your *.pow file
  • Exit the command prompt

Check Power Options settings

If you find Windows 10 missing power plans, check the following:

  • Click Start
  • Select Settings

  • Select System
  • Click Power Options

Check if your power plans are there. It includes the Additional Power Settings link under Related Settings.

— RELATED: Fix: We found one or more settings that might affect battery life

Run Power Troubleshooter

  • Click Start and type Troubleshooting in the search box, press enter
  • In the Troubleshooting window, click View All
  • Click Power
  • Click Advanced
  • Click Run as administrator
  • Click Next and follow the prompts to complete the process

Change Registry settings

  • Right click Start
  • Select Run
  • Type regedit and press enter to open the registry editor
  • Go to the folder: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlPower
  • On the right, check one of the keys called CsEnabled
  • Click on that key
  • Change the value from 1 to 0
  • Restart your computer
  • Check if your power plans are back

Did any of these solutions help bring back your Windows 10 missing power plans? Let us know in the comments box below.

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