How to enable the High performance power plan (Windows)

  • Live Versions: 9 - 10
  • Operating System: Windows

Windows sets all computers to a “Balanced” power plan by default. But there are also “Power saver” and “High performance” plans. Your PC manufacturer may even have their own custom power plans. 

If your power plan is set to "Balanced" or "Power saver" and you're experiencing issues like audio crackles, dropouts or other negative performance issues, then we recommend switching to the "High performance" power plan. It uses more energy, but should increase the performance of Live (and other CPU intensive programs).

How to enable the High performance power plan

  • Open Control panel and go to Power Options.
  • Then choose the High Performance plan:

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In case your build of Windows 10 does not include the option to select a high performance plan, click on the battery indicator and move the slider to "Best performance":

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How to adjust minimum and maximum processor state

This could already solve your performance issues in Live. If necessary, you can also adjust the minimum and maximum processor state in the advanced settings.

  • Click Change Plan Settings -> Change Advanced Plan Setting -> Processor Power Management.
  • Then expand minimum and maximum processor state and set all to 100% as shown here:

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How to unlock Power Plans on Microsoft Surface Devices

Microsoft Surface come with a predefined power plan called Balanced which doesn't allow much configuration by default. In order to unlock advanced options for better performance, please follow these instructions:

  1. Type regedit to open Registry Editor.
  2. Go to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power
  3. Double click on “CsEnabled”
  4. Change Value data from “1″ to “0″
  5. Click OK.
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  6. Restart your computer to apply these changes to your system.

After restarting your computer, now you should not be able to access all power plans options including Power saverBalanced, and High performance.

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Further Reading

Optimizing Windows for Audio