Posted On 23 Feb 2021
You might think that when you receive your shiny new computer, it is set to perform to the highest possible level. This is not always the case: when you receive a new Windows 10 PC, the Power settings have very probably been set at a compromise level for “balanced” performance. Although this type of setting is suitable for numerous activities, it can cause problems if you wish to use power-heavy tasks such as video/audio editing or working with substantial multimedia files. By adjusting the power settings in Windows 10, you can make it easier for your computer to handle these demanding high-performance tasks.
You won’t find the options for optimising your power performance settings in the basic Settings configuration options: you have to open the Control Panel and go to System and Security > Power Options. In this window you will see a number of plan settings (or sometimes only one). By clicking on the Change plan settings option, you can see your current settings and change them.
Firstly, select the Put computer to sleep setting and change it to Never when plugged in. If there is an option for sleep settings when using battery power, change this to a low number to save power.
Next, select the Change advanced power settings link > USB settings and click on the plus button to access USB selective suspend settings. For all the “plugged in” settings, select “disabled”.
Finally, select Process power management settings > Minimum processor state. The “Plugged in setting” should be changed to 100%.
Having done all the above, apply the changes and save them and your new power settings will be in place. The measures described above should be your first port of call if you have been having any problems with recording audio/video files from USB devices and should speed up your computer when you ask it to handle complex tasks.