How to Reset Power Plans to Default in Windows 10 / 11

A lot of your computer’s performance depends on its power usage and that’s why the power plans/power schemes are in place. The power plans allow you to configure and manage its settings that helps the computer to use and save power in its own way. Along with it, it also comes with the option to reset power plans to default in your Windows 10 PC. So, how does it work?

You can customize the power plans based on the system type, configure power usage and even allows you to edit the power saving options for the display, hardware and system settings. The Windows 10 comes with three different types of built-in power-plans that includes Balanced, Power Saver and High Performance. You can customize these plans, for instance, you can create new plans based on these basic plans or even create a new power plan altogether. Moreover, some specific computer brands may include additional power plans with customizable settings.

However, if you have made changes to the power plan settings recently and you want to revert to the default settings, you can reset power plans to default in Windows 10. Let’s see how:

Method 1: Reset Power Plans to Default using Command Prompt

This method uses the Command Prompt with administrator rights to delete all custom power plans and reset power plans to default. Best of all, this method can also help fix the error “Your power plan information isn’t available” for any of the built-in power plans (Balanced, Power Saver, or High Performance). Follow he the below steps to rest the power plans to default settings using Command Prompt:


Step 1: Right-click on Start menu and select Run to launch the Run command window.


Start Right Click Run


Step 2: In the Run command search box, type cmd and press the Ctrl + Shift + Enter shortcut keys to launch the Command Prompt window in admin mode.


Run Command Cmd Ctrl + Shift + Enter


Step 3: In the Command Prompt (admin) window, run the below command and hit Enter:


powercfg -restoredefaultschemeshe


Command Prompt (admin) Run Command To Reset Power Plans Enter


Once done, close the Command prompt window. It has successfully reset the power plans to default.

Method 2: Restore default settings for Power Plans Through Advanced Settings

For all power plans


This method allows you to restore default settings for Power Plans using the Control Panel. Follow the below instructions to revert to the original default power settings for all power plans:


Step 1: Go to Start and type Edit Power Plan in the Windows search bar.


Start Windows Search Edit Power Plan


Step 2: Click on the result (Edit power plan) to open the settings in the Control Panel window.


Result Edit Power Plan


Step 3: In the Edit Plan Settings window, click on the Change advanced power settings link at the bottom.


Change Advanced Power Settings Min


Step 4: It opens the Power Options dialogue box.

Here, under the Advanced settings tab, click on the Restore plan defaults button below.


Power Options Advanced Settings Restore Plan Defaults


Step 5: In the prompt that appears, click on Yes to confirm the action.


The changes are effective immediately, so, once you are done, your power plans are changed to default.


For a single power plan


Alternatively, you can also reset to default settings for a single power plan. Here’s how:


Step 1: Press the Win + I keys together on your keyboard to open the Settings app.

Step 2: In the Settings window, click on System.


Settings System


Step 3: In the next window, click on Power & sleep on the left side of the pane.


Settings System Power & Sleep


Step 4: Now, go to the right side, scroll down and click on Additional power settings.


Power & Sleep Related Settings Additional Power Settings


Step 5: It opens the Power Options window (Control Panel).

On the right side of the window, under the Plans shown on the battery meter section, click on Change plan settings for the active power plan.

Change plan settings


Step 6: Next, in the Edit Plan Settings window, click on Change advanced power settings link below.


Change Advanced Power Settings Min


Step 7: In the Power Options > Advanced settings window, select the power plan from the drop-down.

For instance, we selected High Performance.


Power Options Advanced Settings High Performance


Step 8: Now, press the Restore plan defaults button at the bottom.


Power Options Advanced Settings Restore Plan Defaults


Step 9: Press Yes in the confirmation prompt.


You are done. You have successfully reset the power plan to default and the changes are effective immediately.

Method 4: Reset & restore Power Plans using Edit Plan Settings


Step 1: Go to the right side of the Taskbar and right-click on the battery icon.

Now, select Power Options from the window.


Taskbar Battery Icon Right Click Power Options


Step 2: This will open the Power Options window in the Control Panel.

Here, on the right side of the pane, under the Choose or customize a power plan section, click on the Change plan settings link on the right side of the selected Power Plan.


Choose Or Customize Power Plan


Step 3: It will take you to the Edit Plan Settings window.

Click on the Restore default settings for this plan.


Restore Default Settings Plan


You have now successfully reset and restored the power plans to original defaults in your Windows 10 system.