Windows 10 also conducts ‘Power Throttling’ of software, including conventional Windows desktop programs and background functions. Windows 10’s update will improve battery life on laptops and tablets by reducing the CPU available to background applications. If that creates an issue, you can tell Windows to not conduct power throttling for certain and specific processes. There are three steps to handle the power throttling which are as follows.

  • Check what processes are Power Throttled
  • Disable Power Throttling for the whole system
  • Disable Power Throttling for a certain process

In this article, we will guide you through the whole procedure to handle ‘Power Throttling’ for Windows 10 to save battery life.

Check what processes are Power Throttled

Click the Search button. Type Task Manager in the search box and then click the Task Manager option as the following image is showing.

Windows Task Manager

As soon as you click the Task Manager option, the following screen will appear.

Details tab of taskmanager

Now click the Details tab as highlighted in the above image. Then the following screen will appear.

Select Columns

As we can see that there is no column of Power Throttling so we have to bring it up. Right click on the name of any column and select the Select columns option as highlighted in the above image. This will bring the following dialogue box.

Enable Power Throttling

Scroll down and locate the Power Throttling option. Then check this checkbox and click the OK button as highlighted in the above image. Now you will be able to see the Power Throttling against each process as the following image is showing.

Power Throttling column is visible now

Disable Power Throttling for the whole system

Only plug your portable computer into a power outlet to turn off power throttling. Power Throttling will be deactivated when the device is plugged in. Click on the Battery icon at the right corner of the taskbar and the following will appear.

Power mode on battery

Adjust the power slider and while it’s on Better battery or Battery saver power throttling will be enabled.

Battery Saver

But at the Best performance, the power throttling will be disabled.

Best Performance

Disable Power Throttling for a certain process

To disable Power Throttling for a certain process or application, follow this procedure.

Click the Search button. Type Settings in the search box and then click the Settings option as the following image is showing.

Settings App

As soon as you click the Settings option, the Windows Settings screen will appear.

System Settings

Choose the System option from the Windows Settings as highlighted in the above image. The following screen will appear.

Display Settings

As the screen is divided into two parts. Choose the Battery option from the left side of the screen as highlighted in the above image. After that, the following screen will appear.

Which apps affect battery life

Click the See which apps are affecting your battery life as highlighted in the above image. The following screen will appear.

Choose app

Click on any app or process for which you want to disable the Power Throttling as highlighted in the above image. Then the following option will appear.

Let Windows decide when app can run in background

Uncheck the Let Windows decide when this app can run in the background checkbox as highlighted in the above image. Power throttling will be disabled for this specific application.

Conclusion

By following this procedure, you will be able to handle Power Throttling for Windows 10 to save battery life.

How to handle new ‘Power Throttling’ for Windows 10 to save battery life
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Karim Buzdar

About the Author: Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. He blogs at LinuxWays.

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