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Why do I only have a Balanced power plan?

FAQ: I only see ‘overlays’ and no Bitsum Highest Performance. Why? If only you see ‘overlays’, aka Power Modes, and no Bitsum Highest Performance (BHP) Power Plan, that means your system is using Power Modes in lieu of traditional Power Plans. In this case, the BHP Power Plan is not necessary and ‘Maximum Performance’ should be used instead. If you want to tweak that power mode, you can use our free ParkControl app. However, you can install BHP by using menu actions in either Process Lasso or ParkControl.

About Power Modes

Many Windows based computers now have only a singular power plan: Balanced. On these systems, beginning with Windows 10 build 1709, Microsoft extended the Balanced power plan horizontally and eliminated the additional power plans. They call these new overlays of the Balanced plan, ‘Power Modes’.

These modes only change processor performance settings, thus can be considered ‘light’ power plans. Settings such as display time-out are static across all modes of the Balanced power plan.

A Performance Mode Slider on the battery icon in the system tray provides access to these modes, as does the Power Settings of Windows.

The stock Power Modes are:

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Switching to Traditional Power Plans

Users can switch back to traditional power plans by opening the legacy Control Panel Power Options and clicking the link ‘Create a power plan‘, as shown below.

Then make the new power plan active by switching to it. You may need to restart Process Lasso or ParkControl for it to pick up the change.

Switching to Power Modes

Users can switch to Power Modes (overlays) by entering the ‘Balanced’ power plan, then opening the System Power settings and selecting one of the three Power Modes, as shown below. Alternatively, the battery icon in the tray can be used to select a Power Mode. After doing this, restart Process Lasso for them to show up.

Windows Power Modes

For more information, see this Microsoft documentation: Customize the Windows performance power slider.

Did you know? Power Plans, Power Profiles, and Power Schemes are the same thing. Microsoft changed the name several times over the history of Windows. Most recently, they call them ‘Power Plans’.

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