Configuring Power Management for Personal Computers

Power management settings recommended by ITS. Adjust settings, as needed, for your particular environment.

Windows XP

1. Go to Start > Control Panel.  Click on the Power Options icon.

 

2. The Power Options Properties window will appear.

3. For your desktop computer, in the Power Schemes tab, select Home/Office Desk power scheme.

 

Select the following settings:

* Turn off monitor: After 10 minutes

* Turn off hard drive: After 20 minutes

* System standby: After 1 hour

* System hibernates: Never

Note: The System hibernate line is not displayed unless Hibernate is enabled on the Hibernate tab.

Click Apply and OK.

4. For your laptop computer, choose the Portable/Laptop power scheme.

 Configure both plugged in and running on batteries.

Select the following settings for plugged in:

* Turn off monitor: After 10 minutes

* Turn off hard drive: After 20 minutes

* System standby: After 1 hour

* System hibernates: Never

Select the following settings for running on batteries:

* Turn off monitor: After 5 minutes

* Turn off hard drive: After 10 minutes

* System standby: After 1 hour

* System hibernates: After 2 hours

Click Apply and OK.

 

Windows Vista

1. Click Start > Control Panel .

2. Click on System and Maintenance.

3. Click on the Power Options icon.

 

4. The Select a power plan window appears.

5. Select Power saver and click change plan settings.

 

6. For desktop computers, use the following settings:

* Turn off the display: 10 minutes

* Put the computer to sleep: 1 hour

Click Save changes.

 

7. For laptop computers, configure both on battery and plugged in.

 Use the following settings for on battery:

* Turn off the display: 5 minutes

* Put the computer to sleep: 15 minutes

Use the following settings for plugged in:

* Turn off the display: 10 minutes

* Put the computer to sleep: 1 hour

Click Save changes.

 

 

Windows 7

1. Click Start > Control Panel .

2. Click on System and Security.

3. Click on the Power Options icon.

 

4. The Select a power plan window appears.

5. Select Power saver and click change plan settings.

 

6. For desktop computers, use the following settings:

* Turn off the display: 10 minutes

* Put the computer to sleep: 1 hour

Click Save changes.

 

7. For laptop computers, configure both on battery and plugged in.

 Use the following settings for on battery:

* Turn off the display: 5 minutes

* Put the computer to sleep: 15 minutes

Use the following settings for plugged in:

* Turn off the display: 10 minutes

* Put the computer to sleep: 1 hour

Click Save changes.

 

 

Mac OS X

1. From the Apple menu, go to System Preferences.

2. Click on the Energy Saver icon.

Move the slider to the appropriate time setting.

 Desktop Settings - for Sleep options

* Put the computer to sleep when it its inactive for: 1 hour

* Put the display to sleep when it is inactive for: 15 minutes

* Do NOT check "put the hard disk(s) to sleep when possible".

 

Laptop Settings - for Power Adapter

* Put the computer to sleep when it is inactive for: 1 hour

* Put the display to sleep when the computer is inactive for: 15 minutes

* Do NOT check "put the hard disk(s) to sleep when possible".

 

Laptop Settings - for Battery

* Put the computer to sleep when it is inactive for: 15 minutes

* Put the display to sleep when the computer is inactive for: 5 minutes

* Check the box for "put the hard disk(s) to sleep when possible".

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Article ID: 926
Created: Thu, 17 Jul 2008 4:31pm
Modified: Tue, 28 Jun 2011 3:38pm