On Windows 10, you typically work with multiple applications, and even though you may not be actively using them at the same time the background processes can still consume a significant amount of power.

In order to optimize power usage, the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update introduced "Power Throttling," a feature that leverages the power-saving capabilities on modern processors to limit resources for background processes, while still allowing them to run, but only using a very minimal amount of power.

Using this technology, Windows can automatically detect which applications you're actively using and throttle any other processes that are identified as not important, which can result in up to 11 percent of battery life saving to help you get more work done on a single charge.

The only caveat is that the detection process may not always work as expected, and in these cases, you can always monitor which apps are being throttled and configure Windows 10 to prevent putting certain apps into a low power state.

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to check, control, and completely disable Power Throttling on your mobile PC.

How to see which processes are being throttled

You can use Task Manager to see which processes Windows 10 is throttling to conserve battery life on your device.

  1. Right-click the taskbar and select Task Manager.
  2. Click the More details button if you're using the Task Manager in compact mode.
  3. Click the Details tab.
  4. Right-click one of the column header and click Select columns.

  5. Scroll down and check Power Throttling.
  6. Click OK.

Once you've completed the steps, a new Power Throttling column will show you which processes are in a power throttling state.

On a laptop, tablet, or other form factor running on battery, you'll expect to find some processes with Power Throttling set to "Enabled" and some others will show as "Disabled."

You can always see this feature in action when opening and minimizing an application. When you're actively using an app, or it's on focus, you'll notice that its processes in the Task Manager will appear as "Disabled," but as soon as you minimize the app the state will change to "Enabled."

If you see every process with the "Disabled" state, then your device is probably connected to a power source, or it's using the "Best performance" power mode.

How to disable Power Throttling using power settings

Power Throttling activates automatically when your mobile device isn't charging, which means that quickest way to disable the feature is to plug it into a power source.

You can also control Power Throttling across your system by clicking the power icon in the notification area and using the "Power Slider" to change the power mode.

  • Battery saver — Enables Power Throttling.
  • Better battery — Enables Power Throttling.
  • Better performance — Enables Power Throttling, but it's a more relaxed option.
  • Best performance — Disables Power Throttling.

How to disable Power Throttling using Group Policy

If you're running Windows 10 Pro, it's possible to disable Power Throttling using the Group Policy Editor.

  1. Use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run command.
  2. Type gpedit.msc and click OK to open the Local Group Policy Editor.
  3. Browse the following path:

    Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Power Throttling Settings

  4. Double-click the Turn off Power Throttling policy.

  5. Select the Enabled option.

  6. Click Apply.
  7. Click OK.

Once you've completed the steps, Windows 10 will no longer limit power usage on any application, regardless to which power mode you're using on your device.

At any time, you can revert the changes using the same instructions, but on step No.5, make sure to select the Not Configured option.

How to disable Power Throttling using Registry

You won't have access to the Local Group Policy Editor on Windows 10 Home, but if you must disable Power Throttling in the entire system, you can modify the Registry to accomplish the same result.

Warning: This is a friendly reminder that editing the Registry is risky, and it can cause irreversible damage to your installation if you don't do it correctly. It's recommended to make a full backup of your PC before proceeding.

  1. Use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run command.
  2. Type regedit, and click OK to open the Registry.
  3. Browse the following path:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power

  4. Right-click the Power (folder) key, select New, and click on Key.

  5. Name the key PowerThrottling and press Enter.
  6. Right-click the newly created key, select New, and click on DWORD (32-bit) Value.

  7. Name the key PowerThrottlingOff and press Enter.
  8. Double-click the newly created DWORD and set the value from 0 to 1.

  9. Click OK.

After completing the steps, Power Throttling will be completely disabled on Windows 10.

In the future, you can revert the changes using the same instructions, but on step No. 4, right-click the PowerThrottling key and select Delete to remove it.

How to disable Power Throttling for processes individually

Windows 10 works intelligently to determine which processes need to be throttled to conserve battery life. However, there will be special cases when an app may get throttled by mistake which can result in unwanted performance issues.

In these situations, it's possible to disable Power Throttling per application without having to disable the feature entirely.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on System.
  3. Under "Overview," click the Battery by app link.

  4. Select the app you want to change its settings.

    Quick Tip: The apps labeled "Decided by Windows" indicate that the OS is controlling the power consumption, and those labeled "Decided by me" are the apps you've configured manually.

  5. Clear the "Let Windows decide when this app can run in the background" option.
  6. Clear the "Reduce the work app can do when it's in the background" option.

Once you've completed the steps, Power Throttling for that particular application will be disabled.

Wrapping things up

Power Throttling is a feature designed to optimize battery life on mobile devices with virtually no drawbacks, as such it's not recommended to change its settings unless you're having issues with applications as a result of this feature being active.

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