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Manage Windows 7 Power Saver Settings [How-to]

With all of the recent jazz about going green, I recently received a question from a groovy reader asking:

 

How can I save power on my new Windows 7 PC?”

 

The answer is, Windows 7 has a built-in power saver feature which can be easily configured!  Whether you are environmentally aware or just trying to save a few bucks on your electricity bill this article will explain the basics to get you on your way.

 

How To Setup and Manage A Windows 7 Power Saver Plan

 

1.  Click the Windows Start Orb, and then Click the Control Panel

 

Click the Start Orb menu, then click the control panel In windows 7

 

2.  In the Control Panel, you may need to Change the View by: to Small icons.  Once you’ve made it visible, Click the Power Options control panel link.

change the windows 7 control panel to view by small icons then click the power options  button

 

3.   In the Power Options control panel, the simple way to do things is to Select a Power Plan that matches your needs.  Once you’ve decided on a plan Click Change Plan Settings to set the basic power save times.

choose a power plan from the list, do a balanced, power, or high performance plan.  Then change the settings for these Windows 7 power plans

 

3b. Optionally, you can create a custom power plan and choose a default plan as a start template to tweak.

optionally you can create a custom windows 7 power plan

 

4.  Once you clicked Change Plan Settings, you’ll be taken to the settings window.  Set your basic options and to what you would like them to be.  You can also adjust the advanced power settings by Clicking the Change advanced power settings link.

edit basic windows 7 power save plan settings, and click the advanced link to edit advanced ones

 

5.  First off Click Change settings that are currently unavailable.  To do so you’ll need to had administrator privileges.  Now you can Customize each individual setting to match your needs.  See the list below for suggested settings.

click the change settings that are currently unavailable, then you'll be able to see all of the grayed out settings on the advanced power plan options window in windows 7 

 

Recommended Advanced Power Saver Settings for Windows 7

  • Hard Disk
    -Turn off hard disk after
    –At least 1 minute before the computer is set to sleep.
  • Sleep
    -Sleep after
    –This is for the computer. Make it at least 1 minute after Hard disk and Display turns off.
  • Sleep
    -Allow hybrid sleep
    –Turn On.
  • Sleep
    -Hibernate after
    –Make it at least 1 minute before the computer goes to sleep, and at least 1 minute after the above Sleep after is set for.
  • Power buttons and lid
    -Start menu power button 
    –Go to Sleep.
  • Display
    -Turn off display after
    –Make it at least 1 minute before the computer is set to sleep. Usually you would make this the same as the Hard disk Turn off time.
  • Multimedia settings
    -When sharing media
    –Make it Allow the computer to sleep to prevent it from waking up the computer.

 

6.  Lastly, choose what you would like the power button on your computer to do, then Click Save Changes to finish.

adjust what your windows 7 shutdown button will do, click save changes to finish

All done!

 

Very groov..oops I mean green baby!

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One Response to Manage Windows 7 Power Saver Settings [How-to]

  1. Windows 7 Power Setting November 14, 2011 at 11:25 pm #

    An insightful post.. These settings can be configured to suit you different needs such as to conserve energy or battery life, to run at all time etc.. you can also try http://www.windows7supportnow.com/2011/windows-7-support-to-change-the-power-settings/ for even more updates..

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