How to Enable Ultimate Performance Power Mode on Windows 10 and 11 to Give Your PC an Extra Boost
Microsoft added “Ultimate Performance” power plan to its list of Windows power plans starting with the April 2018 Update. Microsoft allows Windows 11 users to create their own custom power plans, but there are not many tips available so far.
Ultimate Performance power mode is not enabled by default on Windows 11, you need to take an extra step to enable it.
On enterprise servers and workstations where performance is a priority, this power plan is preferred. Microsoft has removed all power-saving and battery-life-extending options from this plan to focus specifically on pushing your PC’s hardware and resources to the max. operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Ultimate Performance Power Mode Features
Starting with Windows 10 version 1803, Ultimate Performance power mode is a preset power policy designed for high-end PC hardware to achieve the best possible performance at all times.
Key features of Microsoft’s Ultimate Performance Power Mode include:
- The hard drive is never turned off; the default setting is 0 minutes.
- Java timer frequency is set to Maximum Performance.
- Power saving mode under Wireless adapter settings is set to Maximum performance.
- The hard disk never sleeps.
- Hibernation is set to Never.
- Processor CPU power management is set to 100%
- The display turns off after 15 minutes.
- When playing video, the video playback quality is optimized.
The Ultimate Performance Power Plan helps eliminate micro-latency on your PC by prioritizing performance over efficiency.
Enable Ultimate Performance Power Mode
Follow these steps to activate the Ultimate Performance Power Plan on Windows. As a reminder, this power plan will make applications and games faster but will also consume more energy and more autonomy.
Keep that in mind if you’re using this power plan on a laptop or other mobile device you might want to make sure to keep it plugged in as it will drain the battery much faster than normal to gather all the resources available on your PC to get the best possible performance.
1. In the Windows 11 Start or Search menu, copy-paste the following command and press the Walk in to run it:
powercfg -duplicatescheme e9a42b02-d5df-448d-aa00-03f14749eb61
2. Open Control Panel on your PC and in Control Panel navigate to System and Security > Power Options.
3. Here you should see a new “Ultimate Performance” power mode in the list of available options. Click on Ultimate performance to enable and use power mode on your PC.
Disable Ultimate Performance Power Mode
If you’ve been using Ultimate Performance power mode and found that it doesn’t work well on your PC or is causing you other problems, you can turn it off just as quickly as you turned it on. Here’s what to do.
1. On your PC, open the Control Panel and navigate to System and Security > Power Options and choose a different power plan to use.
2. Once you have chosen a different power mode, click Change plan settings under Ultimate Performance.
3. Click Delete this plan and click OKAY to confirm that you want to remove Ultimate Performance power mode and permanently remove it from your PC.