| By Fred Langa |
Using the right combination of Windows Power Plan settings extends notebook battery life and saves energy when using any PC — and it can make some applications perform better, too.
No matter what Windows you’re using — XP, Vista, Win7, Server ’08 — you may be in for a pleasant surprise when you see just how much control your power options offer.
Optimal power settings for video and more
Reader Richard Baierschmidt had the following comment after reading my April 8 column, in which I discussed Windows’ power settings as one possible fix for balky video playback.
- “I’m one of the people having problems with streaming video. I had no idea that the power settings were more than time to screen close and time to sleep mode!”
The power management tools built into Win7 are exceptionally flexible. For example, you can, in effect, tell your PC to:
“Automatically optimize yourself to save energy, unless I start watching a video. If I’m watching a movie, keep the playback smooth, even if you have to use more energy. But when the movie’s done, go back to saving energy again.” (See Figure 1.)
That’s pretty slick.