Windows 10 doesn’t have high performance mode [EXPERT TIP]

Matthew Adams
by Matthew Adams
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The Control Panel once included High performance, Balanced, and Power saver mode options before the Windows 10 Fall Creators update. However, the Control Panel only includes a Balanced setting for some users in more recent Windows 10 versions. This has left some users wondering what has happened to the High performance and Power saver settings that were once there.

There isn’t really anything that needs fixing to restore those settings. Windows 10 build updates have changed the power plan settings in the Control Panel. Now Windows 10 includes a Power mode bar to configure power plans with instead of selecting alternative CP options.

Wanted to switch to High Performance mode but the option is missing on Windows 10? Firstly, you can create a custom High Performance Battery mode by hand. It might take some time but that’s the best way to get it back. Alternatively, you can use the Power Mode Slider in the notification area, by clicking on the Battery icon.

Continue reading for detailed instructions.

How to restore missing High Performance Mode in Windows 10

  1. Add a new High Performance Battery Mode
  2. Adjust Power Settings With the Power Mode Slider

1. Add a new High Performance Battery Mode

  1. Users can still add their own custom High performance plans to Windows 10 via the Control Panel. To do that, press the Windows key + Q hotkey.
  2. Enter ‘power plan’ in Cortana’s search box as shown directly below.choose power plan
  3. Then click Choose a power plan to open the Control Panel as shown below.choose power plan
  4. Click Create a power plan to open the options shown directly below.create a power plan
  5. Select the High performance option there.
  6. Enter a title for the plan in the text box, and click the Next button.
  7. Then users can adjust the settings for the plan by selecting alternative options on the drop-down menu.custom power plan personalize
  8. Click the Create button to add the new plan.
  9. Thereafter, select the new custom plan within the Power Options Control Panel applet.

2. Adjust Power Settings With the Power Mode Slider

  1. However, users can also select a high performance mode with the Power mode slider bar. To adjust power settings with that bar,  enter ‘power plan’ in Cortana’s search box.
  2. Select Choose a power plan to open the Power Options Control Panel applet.
  3. Users can’t adjust the Power mode slider bar without the Balanced option selected. So, select the Balanced radio button if it’s not already selected.
  4. Then close the Control Panel.
  5. Double-click the battery icon on the Windows 10 system tray to open the Power mode bar shown directly below.
    power options notification area
  6. Now users can drag that bar to the far right to select a high performance mode.

So, the High performance and Power saver mode settings are still there in Windows 10. Users can still add those modes via the Control Panel. Or users can drag the Power mode bar to the right or left to adjust the same settings.


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