How to turn on high performance in Windows 10

Published: September 1, 2022

Last Modified: March 1, 2023


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How to turn on high performance in Windows 10

Method 1: Use a Power Applet

In Windows 10, there are three primary and one secondary power plans available, with “Balanced” being the most commonly used by default. You can enable high performance mode as follows:

  1. To open the Run dialog box, press Win + R, type powercfg.cpland, and then click OK.
  2. Select the “High performance” mode among the three available schemes and close the power management applet window.

Method 2: Mobility Center

You can also use the built-in Mobility Center tool in Windows 10 to change the power mode .

    1. To open it, call the window “Run” , as shown above, enter the command into it mblctr.exeand press the enter key.
    2. Select the option “High performance” from the drop-down list in the “Battery status” block .

Method 3: “Windows PowerShell”

This method is not very convenient, as it involves the use of console tools devoid of the usual graphical interface.

    1. Open as administrator “PowerShell” or the classic “Command Prompt” from the context menu of the “Start” button or in any other way you know.
    1. Run the command in the console powercfg/Lto list the available power plans with their unique ID. The active scheme will be marked with an asterisk.
    1. Copy the “High Performance” schema ID, then generate and execute a command like powercfg /S GUID, where GUID is the copied ID of the selected schema.

The settings will take effect immediately.

Method 4: Maximum Performance Scheme

In the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, developers have added a new “Maximum Performance” power plan . It has the same basic foundation as High Performance , but additionally offers advanced optimizations. By default, this scheme is hidden. To activate it, follow these steps:

    1. Open as an administrator “Windows PowerShell” or the classic “Command Prompt” .
    2. Run the command in the console: powercfg -duplicatescheme e9a42b02-d5df-448d-aa00-03f14749eb61.
    3. Open the applet “Power Options” , as shown in Method 1 , and turn on the “Maximum Performance” scheme that has become available .

Method 5: Power Switch Scheme Utility

You can also use third-party free utilities such as Switch Power Scheme to quickly switch between power schemes.

  1. Download the archive with the utility from the official website of the developer and unzip it to any convenient location.
  2. Run the application executable that matches the bitness of your operating system (32-bit or 64-bit).
  3. Highlight the High Performance plan in the Switch Power Scheme window and click the green Apply Selected icon in the toolbar .
The Switch Power Scheme has an option that integrates the options for switching between power plans in the Explorer context menu . It is located in the “Settings” menu and is called “Add to desktop context menu.” 


By activating this option, you will be able to quickly switch between power plans from the desktop context menu. 


There are also other third-party apps for managing power plans, but they are not as convenient as Switch Power Scheme.

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