How to Enable the Ultimate Performance Power Plan on Windows 10

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The Ultimate Performance Power Plan has been a part of Windows 10 since version 1803. It was designed for heavy-duty rigs and servers with its "Windows 10 Pro for Workstations" variant to reduce micro-latency. This is not available by default on Windows 10 Home and Pro, but it is a standard feature which can be enabled by the following steps.

Ultimate Performance Power Plan on Windows 10 Pro for Workstations

For Windows 10 Pro for Workstations users, simply follow the steps below to enable the Ultimate Performance power plan as it would be available in the Power Options menu by default.

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  1. Open the Start menu and type power options in the search bar. Click on Power & sleep settings option to proceed.
    How to Turn on Ultimate Performance Power Plan on Windows 10
  2. Select Additional power settings in the Power & sleep settings to continue.
  3. Click on the down arrow to Show additional plans in the Power Options menu.
  4. Choose the Ultimate Performance power plan by checking the circle as this would immediately switch the plan.
    Enable the Windows 10 Ultimate Performance Power Plan on Windows 10 Pro or Home

Ultimate Performance Power Plan on Windows 10 Home and Pro

This power plan is not available by default on Windows 10 Home and Pro along with laptops due to limited battery power resources. However, you can still enable this feature if you wish to utilize every bit of performance from your PC and here’s how to do that.

Using Command Prompt:

  1. Open the Start menu and type cmd in the search bar. Right-click on the Command Prompt app and select Run as Administrator to proceed.
  2. Type the command below in the Command Prompt window and press Enter.
    powercfg -duplicatescheme e9a42b02-d5df-448d-aa00-03f14749eb61
    Turn on Ultimate Performance power plan using Command Prompt on Windows 10
  3. The system will display the Power Scheme GUID and this would confirm that the changes have been successfully made. Now the Ultimate Performance power plan can be selected from the Power Options menu under the Show additional plans tab as Step 3 in Windows 10 Pro for Workstations.

Using Windows PowerShell:

  1. Open the Start menu and type powershell in the search bar. Right-click on the Windows PowerShell app and select Run as Administrator to proceed.
  2. Type the command below in the PowerShell window and press Enter.

    powercfg -duplicatescheme e9a42b02-d5df-448d-aa00-03f14749eb61

    turn on ultimate performance power plan using PowerShell on Windows 10
  3. The system will display the Power Scheme GUID and this would confirm that the changes have been successfully made. Now the Ultimate Performance power plan can be selected from the Power Options menu under the Show additional plans tab as Step 3 in Windows 10 Pro for Workstations.

This power plan on Windows 10 is not recommended for everyday usage as this would diminish the power efficiency of your PC especially if it is powered by a battery. Though It definitely can give you a head start in certain scenarios where you need that extra power.

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