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How to disable power plan in Windows via GPO and Windows Settings

If you ever find your Windows 10 devices dimming its screen and this act irritates you, I will be describing various ways to prevent Windows from going into standby/sleep after a certain period of inactivity.

Note: Energy Saver Mode feature mainly saves energy when the user is away. Power plans can help you save energy, maximize system performance, or achieve a balance between the two. A balanced power plan offers full performance when you need it and saves power when you are not accessing the PC. It’s the best power plan option chosen by most of the users. To disable the power saving option, follow the steps listed below.

Via Local Group Policy: To Disable this via Group Policy Object (GPO), please follow the following steps as shown below.
– Launch Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc)

– Navigate to Computer Configuration
– Administrative Templates
– System
– Power Management
– Sleep Settings

– Double click on “Allow Standby States (S1-S3) When Sleeping (Plugged In)” and set value do Disabled
– Also, do the same for “Allow Standby States (S1-S3) When Sleeping (On Battery)” and disable it.

Via Group Policy Management: You can also do this in a domain-wide environment. Launch Group Policy Management under Tools as shown below

This will open the Group Policy Management Window as shown below

Click on the domain or Group policy object,
– In my case, I decided to create a GPO before linking it, so I right-click on the Group Policy Object.
– Right-click on the policy and click on Edit as shown below

This will open up the Group Policy Management
– Expand the Computer Configuration and
– Administrative Templates
– System
– Power Management
– Sleep Settings as shown below

– Double click on “Allow Standby States (S1-S3) When Sleeping (Plugged In)” and set value do Disabled
– Also, do the same for “Allow Standby States (S1-S3) When Sleeping (On Battery)” and disable it.

Note: Ensure to link the GPO to the right container (OU) and
– Apply Group Policy Update as sown below

Via the Power Icon on the Taskbar:
– Right-click on the Battery icon from the bottom corner of the taskbar and choose Power Options from the list as shown below

This will open up the Choose or customise a power plan window
– Click on Change plan settings on the balanced power plan as shown below

This will open the window where the Power saver mode can be changed
– Choose Never from the drop-down menu for when plugged-in and on battery.


Via the Control Panel: The Power save mode can be configured never to sleep in the following steps via the control panel.
– Launch the Control Panel
– Click on Hardware

– Click on Power Options.

– Click on Change plan settings on the balanced power plan as shown below

– Choose Never from the drop-down menu for when pluggin and on battery.

– Click on Save changes to ensure the settings take effect.

Via Windows Settings: These steps can be performed via Windows settings in the following ways as shown below.
– Launch the Windows Settings with Win+I keys from your keyboard
– Click on Systems

– Select Battery as seen below

Under the battery notification
– Click on Power and Sleep settings

– Choose Never from the drop-down menu for when plugged and on battery as shown below.

For disabling other windows settings, see https://techdirectarchive.com/2020/01/18/pre-requisites-for-setting-up-a-single-app-kiosk-2/
– If you found other ways to have this done, please share in the comment session.

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Mike
Mike
1 month ago

Thanks for this clear information. One of my users had the “Put the Computer to Sleep” item greyed out at 30 min. This normally is not locked by a policy but for some reason it was. Really important that I changed this as the system was being accessed remotely and if we don’t use “Never”, this computer model disconnects from the network. I’ve tried fiddling with the NIC settings but if it takes a nap it doesn’t want to get back to work 😊

Last edited 1 month ago by Mike
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