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How to get more advanced Power Plan options

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Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

There seems to be missing several advanced options in the Power Plan section of Windows 10. My desktop has several, like advanced options for Hard Drive time shut down, USB, PCI Express, etc. I need to have these to change the time it takes for external Hard Drives to shut down, because right now it shuts down after just a few minutes. Also, I need more options like High Performance. 

 

Help is appreciated. 

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Power Options available in Windows

 

Start here
Settings > System > Power and Sleep

 

Next

Click (right column in blue) > Additional Power Settings

 

Next

Opens your power plan settings

NOTE:  This is the same as opening Control Panel > icon view > Power Options

 

In the middle area, click "Change plan settings"

Click (in blue) Change advanced power settings

Peruse the list, change what you want / can > Click OK to save and exit the Advanced menu

 

OR

 

Alternatively, (left column) Create a Power Plan

After the plan is created, you can step into that plan (select it)

Click (in blue) Change advanced power settings

Peruse the list, change what you want / can > Click OK to save and exit the Advanced menu

 

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Hi,

 

thank you for the information. I went and checked out these different options. Unfortunately I still can't find the options I'm looking for in the "advanced settings" in the Power Plan section. Specifically I'm looking for the option to change the time the PC takes to turn off drives and external drives, as currently they turn off after just 1-2 minutes. My Desktop Windows 10 PC has these options and I need to find these on my Spectre x360. 

 

Best regards. 

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@Cloudstrifu 

 

Unknown desktop and unknown laptop (there are a LOT of "Spectre" systems) are two different types of hardware.

 

What is available in one is not necessarily available in the other.

 

Lots of "maybe" and "unknown" hardware and connections.

 

For example, 

 

If your laptop hardware and Operating System (Windows 10 Pro) supports the option, create a custom / new plan for "high performance". 

 

Search on the 'net for information on how to create your plan.

 

Some articles are better than others - avoid doing anything you don't understand - this is not "edit the registry" risk level, but you can hurt rather than fix what you touch.

 

What else?

 

If the mystery external hard drive is connected to the laptop computer via USB,

Disable the USB Selective Suspend feature in Advanced > USB Settings

 

Read about the USB Setting here (or search for any article on the subject):

How to disable Windows 10's 'USB selective suspend' setting 

 

General Reference - Windows 10 Advanced Power Settings

Windows 10 power options missing on new laptop 

 

More specific to the topic with suggestions to add / adjust the setup:

Windows TenForums> Missing Advanced Power Options 

Warning >> Solutions include editing the Registry

Edit the Registry at your own risk

and

Edit the Registry ONLY after having backed up (Export) the entire Registry to a location it can be retrieved if needed.

 

What else?

 

Check the Device Manager for the connection.

If the Device Manage can detect the device and properly identify it, the controls in Properties for that device might include Power Management.  This is generally not a "timeout" but rather the device is enabled to "stay on" in spite of the internal power needs of the laptop.

General Example:

Device Manager > Right Click on Biometrics > Right Click on Synaptics Fingerprint sensor > Tab Power Management > Clear / UNCHECK box for "Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power" > OK

 

There is section in the Device Manager for "Universal Serial Bus controllers" 

 

Learn more here:

Checking and understanding USB settings in Device Manager 

 

What else?

 

Is what you want in the BIOS ?

Maybe, though in the case of a Spectre non-commercial system, the Advanced options section is not available.

This is one of the times that having a business class system makes a difference.

 

References

Consumer Class Desktops and Notebooks – BIOS Setup

 

Commercial / Business Class Computers – BIOS Setup

HP PC Commercial BIOS (UEFI) Setup - Administration Guide

 



What else?

 

Can't stand it?

Believe you should have what you describe?

 

Open a new thread.

 

Include the details to identify the unknown laptop hardware, exact Windows version, and connection type to whatever you are trying to control (external drive connection).  Include what you have tried, too, lest you end up with a duplicate answer.

 

 

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Hi, 

 

thank you for all these helpful resources. 

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You are welcome.

 

Stay Safe.

Better 2021 for everyone!

 

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