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Windows Vista Default Power Management Settings

The following are the default Power Management Plans on Vista when it is first installed. Sleep is enabled in the default (Balanced) plan after 60 minutes. (Sleep is not available unless the correct driver is installed for the video card.)

Power Plan — Balanced (Set as active plan by default)

  • Require password on: Yes
  • Turn off hard disks after: 20 minutes
  • Wireless adapter settings — Power Saving Mode: Maximum Performance
  • Sleep — Sleep after: 60 minutes
  • Sleep — Hibernate after: Never
  • USB Settings — USB Selective suspend setting: Disabled
  • Power button action: Shut Down
  • Start menu power button action: Sleep
  • PCI Express — Link State Power Management: Moderate power savings
  • Processor Power Management — Minimum Processor State — 5%
  • Processor Power Management — Maximum Processor State — 100%
  • Search and Indexing — Power savings mode: High Performance.
  • Turn off the display: 20 minutes
  • Adaptive display: On
  • Multimedia settings — When sharing media: Prevent idling to sleep

Power Plan — Power Saver

  • Require password on: Yes
  • Turn off hard disks after: 20 minutes
  • Wireless adapter settings — Power Saving Mode: Maximum Performance
  • Sleep — Sleep after: 60 minutes
  • Sleep — Hibernate after: Never
  • USB Settings — USB Selective suspend setting: Disabled
  • Power button action: Shut Down
  • Start menu power button action: Sleep
  • PCI Express — Link State Power Management: Maximum power savings
  • Processor Power Management — Minimum Processor State — 5%
  • Processor Power Management — Maximum Processor State — 50%
  • Search and Indexing — Power savings mode: High Performance.
  • Turn off the display: 20 minutes
  • Adaptive display: On
  • Multimedia settings — When sharing media: Prevent idling to sleep

Power Plan — High Performance

  • Require password on: Yes
  • Turn off hard disks after: 20 minutes
  • Wireless adapter settings — Power Saving Mode: Maximum Performance
  • Sleep — Sleep after: Never
  • Sleep — Hibernate after: Never
  • USB Settings — USB Selective suspend setting: Disabled
  • Power button action: Shut Down
  • Start menu power button action: Sleep
  • PCI Express — Link State Power Management: Off
  • Processor Power Management — Minimum Processor State — 100%
  • Processor Power Management — Maximum Processor State — 100%
  • Search and Indexing — Power savings mode: High Performance.
  • Turn off the display: 20 minutes
  • Adaptive display: Off
  • Multimedia settings — When sharing media: Allow the computer to enter Away Mode