How To Enable/Disable Power Throttling (CPU Throttling) in Windows 10/11

Hello friends, do you know What is Power Throttling & important in a laptop and How to enable/disable power throttling in Windows 10/11? If you have all these questions in your mind then there is nothing to worry about. In this article, we are going to give you complete information about CPU Throttling. After reading this you will not need to go to any other site.

You will know CPU throttling in your laptop as power throttling. This is a feature of the Windows operating system that improves battery life and makes the laptop perform smoothly. So let us know in detail what is Power throttling.

What is Power Throttling?

Computer systems use power throttling to control the performance of their central processing units (CPUs). To limit power consumption and heat generation, it reduced the clock speed or voltage of the CPU. This Power throttling is also known as “CPU throttling” and “Dynamic frequency scaling”. CPU throttling is typically implemented to prevent the CPU from overheating and damaging the system hardware.

When you have many applications loaded on your system but you are using just one or two applications while all the others are running in the background. Due to this, there is a possibility of your laptop’s battery draining quickly. When the CPU reaches a certain temperature threshold, the system automatically reduces its clock speed or voltage. This causes the processing speed to slow down temporarily.

Power throttling is used to control CPU performance when a computer system’s temperature rises too high. With this, the clock speed and voltage can be reduced. CPU throttling helps prevent CPU overheating while also contributing to longer battery life and smoother system operation.

How to Enable/Disable Power Throttling

There are several ways to enable or disable power throttling. But in this article, we will tell you about such a better method which you can easily set. So, let’s know about those methods.

Monitor Power Throttling in Task Manager

You can use Task Manager in Windows 10/11 to know which application is consuming more battery and whether power throttling is stopping those processes or not. For this, you can follow the steps given below.

  • You can right-click on the taskbar and select “Task Manager“, or press Ctrl + Shift + Esc and open the Task Manager directly.
  • After that click on Details. In that, you will see all the processes running in the laptop list-wise.
  • Right-click on the Status bar and click on Select Columns. By doing this you will get the complete list of columns.
  • You have to scroll down click on the check box of Power Throttling and click on OK.
  • By doing this, a column for power throttling will be created in the details list. In which you will know in which process throttling is Enabled and Disabled.

However, you cannot enable or disable power throttling directly from Task Manager. For this, you can control it indirectly by adjusting the power plan settings of your system.

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Manage Power Throttling in the Power option

Windows automatically enables power throttling when you switch to a battery-saving power plan, such as “Battery Saver” mode. In contrast, using a high-performance power plan reduces or disables power throttling to prioritize performance over power efficiency.

To change power plan settings in your laptop follow the below steps.

  • Right-click the battery icon in the system tray (lower-right corner of the screen) and select “Power Options.”
  • In the Power Options window, you will see a list of available power plans. Select the one you want to use (e.g., Balanced, High Performance, Power Saver).
  • If you want to further customize your power plan, click “Change plan settings” next to your selected plan.
  • Here, you can adjust settings like display turn-off time, sleep mode settings, and advanced power settings. To access advanced settings, click “Change advanced power settings.”
  • In the Advanced Settings window, you can fine-tune various power management options, including processor power management settings. Adjusting these settings may indirectly affect power throttling behaviour.
  • Apart from this, by clicking on the battery icon in the system tray, 4 performance modes of the battery will be visible.
    • Battery Saver
    • Better Battery
    • Better Performance
    • Best Performance

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Enable or Disable Power Throttling using Group Policy

Enabling or disabling power throttling through Group Policy requires editing specific settings related to power management. So let us know how to Enable or Disable power throttling using Group Policy.

  • Press Win + R to open the Run dialog.
  • Type gpedit.msc and press Enter to open the Group Policy Editor.
  • In the Group Policy Editor, navigate to the following path: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Power Management> Power throttling settings
  • After opening the Power Throttling settings option, you will be able to see the Turn off power throttling options. Double click on that turn off power throttling.
  • After that, you will get the option to enable and disable.
    • Enabled – Disables CPU throttling
    • Disabled – Enables CPU throttling
  • After enabling or disabling the Power Throttling policy setting, click on “Apply” and then “OK” to save your changes.

Please note that Group Policy Editor is only available in Windows Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions. If you’re using Windows Home edition, you won’t have access to Group Policy Editor. Additionally, the exact policy settings may vary depending on your Windows version and the updates applied.

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Enabling or disabling CPU throttling Using Windows Registry

Enabling or disabling CPU throttling via the Windows Registry involves modifying certain registry values related to power management. However, it is important to note that directly changing registry settings can lead to system instability or unintended consequences if done incorrectly. So, proceed with caution and make sure you have a backup of your registry before making any changes. Here’s how you can enable or disable CPU throttling through the Windows Registry.

  • Press Win + R to open the Run dialog.
  • Type regedit and press Enter to open the Registry Editor.
  • In Registry Editor, go to the following path:  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power
  • Right-click Power, go to New and select Key.
  • Name the key as Power throttling.
  • Right-click on Power throttling, goto the New option and click on DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  • Double-click on newly created Attributes to modify its value.
    • To enable CPU throttling, set the value to 1.
    • To disable CPU throttling, set the value to 2.
  • Click OK to save the changes.
  • After that, restart your laptop.

With this process you can enable and disable power throttling as per your convenience. It is important to be careful when modifying registry settings, as incorrect changes can potentially cause system instability or other problems.

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FAQ

What are the benefits of Power Throttling?

Improved system responsiveness, longer battery life for portable devices, and effective power management to avoid overheating and smooth working are the main benefits of power throttling.

Can I enable or disable CPU Throttling?

As such, there is no direct option to enable or disable CPU throttling. But you can control it indirectly by adjusting your system’s power plan settings. Switching to a battery-saving power plan such as “Battery Saver” mode activates CPU throttling while using a high-performance power plan reduces or disables it.

Does Power Throttling affect performance?

Power Throttling is designed to minimize its impact on system performance by prioritizing active applications. While there may be a slight reduction in performance during intensive tasks, most users shouldn’t notice significant performance degradation during typical use.

Conclusion

Power Throttling or CPU Throttling is a feature introduced in Windows 10/11 that dynamically manages the CPU usage of background processes to optimize power consumption and extend battery life on portable devices. It identifies and prioritizes active applications, while temporarily reducing the power consumption of background processes that are not being actively used.

I hope that after reading this article you would have got information about power throttling or CPU throttling. Apart from this, you would also know how to enable and disable CPU throttling. If you still have any kind of doubts in this then you can tell us. We will try our best to clear your doubts.

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