How to disable Ultimate Performance Plan in Windows 10 SCU

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Ultimate Performance Plan windows 10

The Windows 10 Spring Creators Update features a new power plan that’s enabled by default. The Ultimate Performance Plan is perfect if you need maximum performance power on your machine.

This new option includes a collection of settings that allow the OS to adapt  your computer’s behavior based on your preferences, the current Registry policy, your hardware configuration and workload.

The Ultimate Performance Plan builds on the High-Performance policy and aims to eliminate micro-latencies.

As stated at the beginning of this article, this plan is enabled by default but not all users actually need it. For this reason, some may want to disable it in order to extend battery life.

How to remove the Ultimate Performance Plan in Windows 10

If you want to replace this power plan with another one, navigate to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Power Options and located the Ultimate Performance option.

If you want your computer to consume less battery, you can enable the Balanced Plan.

Ultimate Performance Plan

The Balanced mode allows your CPU to automatically reduce its clock speed  in order to save power and prevent overheating when you’re not using it. For most users, this is the right mode to use. It’s highly efficient and it takes only  a few microseconds for your processor to switch from minimum to maximum clock speed — you won’t even notice the change.

On the other hand, the Ultimate Performance enables maximum CPU clock speed at all times, and many users may experience overheating issues. If you still want to use this new power plan, you should also install a cooling software and purchase a cooling pad to keep your computer’s temperature in check.

If you’re not a developer who needs high performance and owns high end workstations, then you should stick to Balanced mode.

If you’ve got any suggestions for Microsoft on how to improve the power plan settings, you can submit your feedback via the Feedback Hub and file it under the Power & Battery > Setting category.


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