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

By: Marian Cularea
3 minute read

Have you recently upgraded your device to Windows 8.1, 9 or Windows 10 operating system? Then it’s not a strange thing that your power plan keeps changing randomly or whenever you try to do a reboot of your Windows 8 or Windows 10 device. Unfortunately, the Windows 8 or Windows 10 operating systems, like the previous versions, still have a few glitches. But by reading the tutorial  below, you will learn what exactly you can do to fix your power plan.
power plan keeps changing in WIndwos 8 and Windows 10
Usually, the Windows 8 or Windows 10 device will change your power plan if you don’t have the correct system settings. You can set your Windows 8, 10 device to “high performance”, for example, and after a while or after a reboot of the device, it will change automatically to “power saver”. This is just one of the glitches that may happen in your power plan settings feature.

SOLVED: Windows 10 power plan changes on its own

  1. Run the Power Troubleshooter
  2. Update your graphics driver
  3. Clean boot your computer
  4. Log in to your administrator account
  5. Scan your system
  6. Reset your power plan

1. Run the Power Troubleshooter

  1. Press and hold on the keyboard the “Window” button and the “W” button.
  2. After you pressed the buttons above start typing “Troubleshooting”.
  3. Left click or tap on the “Troubleshooting” icon that appeared after the search.
  4. Left click or tap on the “System and Security” feature presented in the “Troubleshooting” window.
  5. Left click or tap on the “Power” feature and you will have to follow the instructions on the screen to start the troubleshooter.windows 10 power troubleshooter
  6. After the power troubleshooting is done reboot your Windows 8 or Windows 10 device and see if you still have this issue.

2. Update your graphics driver

You may experience this issue due to the fact that your drivers for the graphics card may require upgrading of the Windows 8 or Windows 10 system. Go to the manufacturer’s website and look for a compatible version of drivers for Windows 10 or Windows 8 system.

3. Clean boot your computer

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Some of the applications you installed in Windows 8 or Windows 10 might have conflicts with your system files, causing your power plan feature to keep changing. For this, we will need to do a clean boot of the system and we will see exactly if one of your applications is causing the system to react like this.

Here’s how to do a clean boot in Windows 8 or Windows 10:

  1. Go to Start > type msconfig > hit Enter
  2. Go to System Configuration > click on the Services tab >  check the Hide all Microsoft services check box > click Disable all.hide all microsoft services
  3. Go to the Startup tab > Open Task Manager.
  4. Select each startup item > click Disable > close Task Manager > restart the computer.

disable startup programs

Now, after you did the clean boot, try rebooting the device again and see if you still have trouble with your power plan. If one of your apps is causing this issue,  you need to uninstall it.

4. Log in to your administrator account

You might not have administrative privileges on the Windows 8 or Windows 10 device, thus every change that you make in the system will be reset after you reboot the device.

As a fix to this, you will have to try to log in with your administrative account and set up the power plan settings. After that, log in with your normal Windows 8 or Windows 10 username and see if you are still experiencing this issue.

5. Scan your system

If the problem persists and the power plan keeps changing to balanced, scan your system for malware. Keep in mind that malware and viruses may cause your PC to behave abnormally, so make sure to run a full system antivirus scan.

6. Reset your power plan

  1. Launch Command Prompt (Admin) > type powercfg –restoredefaultschemes >hit Enter to reset the power plan settings to default.
  2. Exit command prompt to remove all customized power plans.
  3. Create a new power plan and customize it according to your needs.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2014 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.

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