Restoring Missing Windows 10 Power Plans

September 6, 2020 | By greg | Filed in: Technology, Windows.

Of all the computers I have had to reinstall Windows on over the years, not a single one has had all of the factory drivers on the manufacturer’s website. There is always at least a couple drivers or that one utility that is missing and requires a search across the internet to find. That trend continued this week after I wasted hours trying to restore my laptop from the recovery partition followed by the HP cloud recovery tool before finally a clean Windows install. While it’s mostly functional now, this morning I noticed the laptop wasn’t going into sleep mode and checking the power settings I noticed all the default profiles were missing. This will be a quick little post outlining the commands to restore the default Windows 10 profiles both for those searching and my future reference.

After a storm and subsequent power outage last week, my HP Spectre x360 was acting very strange. I am sure it’s not a direct cause of the power outage, but it is very suspicious that my laptop was plugged in and not used the day that all of this occurred. I had a meeting on WebEx the next morning and got the modem and backup router running off the generator. I then attempted to logged into Windows only to be greeted with a blank screen and a mouse pointer. I could not open anything including the task manager; system restores, startup repairs, etc were of no use either. I eventually found an issue with the driver for Windows Hello, along with some other weird entries in the logs, which made things even more confusing. I figured it was a good time to just restore the laptop to factory conditions and get it over with.

After backing up all my files, I ran the HP recovery tool from the recovery partition which ended up failing. I attempted the recovery from a USB drive which also failed. The logs showed the recovery was failing due to the fact the hardware was not as expected. I had to replace the wireless card in this laptop with an AX200 at one point, which along with the USB drive itself, the recovery manager did not like. So it was on to a clean Windows 10 install, which required sourcing all drivers manually from the HP site.

Most all of the drivers needed were available and installed without issue, including the touch screen which is usually a source of frustration. The Intel chipset drivers though weren’t all available as I eventually realized. After downloading and installing from the Intel site, I tried to change the power settings as I like to the High Performance plan and tweak the screen to stay on for a bit longer than default. These were all missing from the power settings. Fortunately, it’s a simple command to add each of the default plans.

Run each of the commands below in a command prompt for the power plans you would like to add to the power plan settings in Control Panel:

Balanced Plan
powercfg -duplicatescheme 381b4222-f694-41f0-9685-ff5bb260df2e

Power Saver Plan
powercfg -duplicatescheme a1841308-3541-4fab-bc81-f71556f20b4a

High Performance Plan
powercfg -duplicatescheme 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c

Ultimate Performance Plan
powercfg -duplicatescheme e9a42b02-d5df-448d-aa00-03f14749eb61

That’s it, now reopen the Control Panel and go to the power settings and you will find all the plans listed in the bottom selection.

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