Missing High Performance Power Plan on Windows? Here’s the Fix

Dan Price 28-08-2018

Windows offers you a variety of power plans. Depending on your situation, they let you customize the way your machine uses power to either extend the battery life or squeeze more performance out of your computer.


The native power plan, which wrings the most juice out of your computer, is called High Performance. However, it’s not always visible, leading many users to assume its not an option on their machine. Fortunately, it’s easy to fix the missing plan and make it visible again.

How to Fix a Missing High Performance Power Plan

Missing High Performance Power Plan on Windows? Here's the Fix windows10 power plan

Firstly, check to see whether your High Performance power plan is visible. Right-click on the battery icon in the Taskbar and select Power Options. You may need to click on Show Additional Plans to see the full list.

If the High Performance plan isn’t there, you need to create it. Follow the step-by-step instructions below:

  1. Right-click on the battery icon in the taskbar and select Power Options.
  2. In the panel on the left-hand side of on the window, click on Create a power plan.
  3. Click on the checkbox next to High Performance.
  4. At the bottom of the window, give your new plan a name.
  5. When you’re ready, click on Next.
  6. The plan will now be reactivated.

To select the High Performance plan, return to the Power Options menu and mark the checkbox next to the name of the plan you just created.


For more Windows power tricks, check out our article on how to save battery life in Windows 10 with power throttling. If you’re looking to cut down energy use on your PC How Much Energy Does Your PC Use? (And 8 Ways to Cut It Down) Wondering if computers use a lot of power? It's time to learn how much electricity your computer is using and how to reduce it. Read More , here are a few tips that can help.

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  1. morro
    July 22, 2019 at 5:34 am

    doesn't work if hig performance power plan is missing! was looking for the powercfg command with the high performance power plan GUID

  2. Shawn
    August 29, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    I was hoping this would actually work for me, but it looks like some versions of Windows 10 do not allow you to select any other power plan. I was hoping this article would have helped me out, but of course, the only power plan that shows up for me is "balanced" even when I select create a new power plan, the only option is balanced. Very strange. I don't have an explanation for this. It shows up on my desktop at home, but my laptop doesn't allow me any other options.