New Battery Icon Slider on the Microsoft Surface

Power Management on the Surface – Tiers of the Lone Balanced Power Profile

Many Windows 10 laptops and tablets have only a singular power profile, usually ‘Balanced’. Creation of power plans by third-party software is restricted. This will prevent the installation of the Bitsum Highest Performance power profile and any features that automatically switch power profiles.

The user can still tweak parameters like CPU core parking, but it is not recommended.

So how do you manage your power profile on these devices?

Well, instead of multiple power profiles, there are multiple tiers of the Balanced power profile. A new ‘power mode’ slider on the battery icon in the system tray provides access to the performance tiers of the Balanced power profile. On these systems, you should use that slider.