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Don’t you know that Windows has a “Maximum Performance” mode that makes it fly?

Windows has a large number of power options that allow us to adjust the operation of the computer depending on whether we want it to consume more energy to work faster, or save more energy by sacrificing a little of the PC’s performance. What you may not know is that even if you set it to the best performance mode, your PC is not running at 100% capacity. And it is that, for this, Windows hides a “Maximum Performance” mode, deactivated by default, with which to take the performance of the PC a step further.

By default, Windows offers us three power plans. On the one hand, we have the mode Balanced, which is in charge of automatically adjusting the power consumption and performance of the PC depending on the use we are making of the computer. Second, we have the mode High performance, which gives higher priority to computer performance than to saving energy. And thirdly, we have the mode economizerwhich reduces performance as much as possible to give priority, above all, to saving energy.

However, Windows hides a secret power mode, recommended for gamers, which guarantees that the computer will always work at 100%, bypassing all energy saving options. that’s the way Maximum performance.

Enable this power mode

This power mode is disabled by default in Windows 10 and Windows 11 in order to prevent users from misconfiguring computers by mistake and spending more energy than expected. Therefore, if we want to use it, it is necessary to enable it manually.

To do this, we need to have administrator permissions on the computer. Once we have them, the next thing we must do is open a CMD window, with administrator permissions, and execute the following command:

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

This command will take care of enabling this new power mode. When we run it, we must open the Windows Control Panel, and go to the power options section, as shown in the following screenshot.

Windows maximum performance power profile

At the bottom we will find this new performance mode. We simply have to select it in this panel and, automatically, Windows will start working at full capacity. What it does, roughly, is force the CPU to always be running at 100% instead of using power-saving features. It also disables hard drive sleep features, PCIe power management, configures the network adapter for maximum performance, and much more.

Do you want to save? No problem

Ideally, we only activate this maximum energy saving mode when we are going to play or perform a task that requires very exhaustive use of the PC. In case we are only going to use the computer to navigate, use Word, or watch a video, it is best to use balanced mode.

It is not necessary to deactivate anything after enabling the Maximum Performance mode, since this will only appear in the Windows power options, but at any time we can change to any other without problem.

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