Deleting a Power Management Plan

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 13, 2015)

Most modern computers allow Windows to control both the computer itself (including the hard drive) and the display monitor. These components can be set to automatically "turn off" after varying amounts of inactivity. Windows even allows you to create your own custom power management plans. At some point, however, you may want to get rid of a custom plan that you no longer need. Follow these steps:

  1. Click Start and then click Control Panel. Windows displays the Control Panel.
  2. At the left side of the screen click the Hardware and Sound heading. Windows displays the Hardware and Sound screen.
  3. Under the category of Power Options, click the Change Power-Saving Settings option. Windows displays the Power Options screen. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Power Options screen.

  5. Make sure that the power management plan you want to delete is not selected; pick a different power management plan, if necessary.
  6. At the right of the name of the power management plan you want to delete, click Change Plan Settings. Windows displays the Edit Plan Settings screen. (See Figure 2.)
  7. Figure 2. The Edit Plan Settings screen.

  8. Click Delete This Plan. (This option is only visible if you completed step 4.) Windows asks if you are sure you want to delete the plan.
  9. Click OK. Windows again displays the Power Options screen you saw in step 3. The power management plan you deleted is no longer listed in the screen.

Remember that you can only delete custom power management plans—those you've added to Windows. You cannot delete the built-in power management plans (Balanced, High Performance, Power Saver, or any created by your computer manufacturer).

 This tip (10718) applies to Windows 7 and 8.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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