What is Power Throttling in Windows 10?
Microsoft Power Throttling can net up to 11% more battery savings per charge with little negative impact. To do so, it leverages modern CPU throttling features to ensure that the OS is spending the lowest amount of power possible on background tasks. The idea is that the application will still get its work done, but with a smaller footprint.
However, it’s worth noting that Power Throttling is only available on Intel 6th gen and higher processors. Those with older or Ryzen processors won’t be able to make use of or disable this feature and should look elsewhere for power savings or performance gains.
With that said, we’re going to show those of you with a modern Intel processor how to monitor Windows 10 Power Throttling and turn it off/on for individual applications or the entire system.
- 1 How to Monitor Windows 10 Power Throttling with Task Manager
- 2 How to Disable Power Throttling in Windows 10
- 3 How to Disable Windows 10 Power Throttling via Group Policy
- 4 How to Disable Windows 10 Power Throttling with Registry Editor
- 5 How to Turn Power Throttling On or Off for Specific Apps via Windows Settings
How to Monitor Windows 10 Power Throttling with Task Manager
If you’re unsure which apps Windows 10 is throttling in the background, you can use Task Manager to get a list.
- Open Task Manager
- Open the “Details” tab and select columns
- Enable the Windows 10 Power Throttling heading
- Check to see if CPU throttling is enabled or disabled for your service
Look for your application service in the right-hand column, then check to see if Power Throttling is enabled or disabled. To check if the feature is working, you can open the app to minimize/maximize it to check if the status changes.
How to Disable Power Throttling in Windows 10
There are times when you’re on battery power but don’t want Windows to CPU throttle you, such as when you’re doing multiple performance-intensive tasks at once. You can disable power management in Windows 10 completely by the Power settings on the taskbar.
- Disable power throttling via the Taskbar
Click the battery icon on your taskbar, then drag the slider all the way to the right to “Best performance”. This mode will disable power throttling on your device. You can also set it to “Better performance” for less intense CPU throttling for background tasks.
How to Disable Windows 10 Power Throttling via Group Policy
Alternatively, those with Windows 10 Pro or higher can use a group policy to disable power throttling for all users.
- Open the Group Policy Editor
- Navigate to Power Throttling settings
In the left sidebar, use the folders to navigate to
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Power Management > Power Throttling Settings. In the main pane, double-click “Turn off Power Throttling” to open the policy edit menu.
- Turn off Power Throttling/CPU throttling
How to Disable Windows 10 Power Throttling with Registry Editor
If you’re on Windows 10 you won’t have access to the Group Policy Editor, but you can edit the Windows registry to have the same effect. First, though, make sure you read our safe registry editing guide.
- Open Regedit and navigate to the Power key
Press “Start” and type “regedit”, clicking the first result to open it. You can find the key under
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power. Once there, right-click any empty space in the main pane and select “New > Key”. Name it Power Throttling and press “OK”.
- Edit the Laptop Throttling Registry key
How to Turn Power Throttling On or Off for Specific Apps via Windows Settings
If it’s just the case of a specific app that’s being targeted by laptop throttling, you can modify its settings via the regular Windows settings UI.
- Open Windows Settings
- Click “System”
- Open the “Battery” side heading and click “See which apps are affecting your battery life”
- Tick or untick “Let Windows decide when this app can run in the background”
Windows will return a list of apps, sorted by the amount of battery life they consumed in the past 24 hours. You can untick “Let Windows decide when this app can run in the background”, “Reduce the work the app can do when it’s in the background”, and optionally “Allow the app to run background tasks”.
Just bear in mind that this is likely to have a toll on your battery life, so only do this if you’re experiencing significant issues.