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Restore missing advanced power settings in Windows

29 September 2023 - Thomas Damgaard

I sometimes encounter a Windows 10 system on which many of the Advanced Settings in Power Management Options are missing.

These settings include things like minimum and maximum Processor state, etc.

I found the following procedure to fix the problem in most cases:

  1. Open Regedit as Administrator
  2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power
  3. Change the value of CsEnabled from 0 to 1
  4. Reboot

In some cases, this does not solve the issue. In that case, you might try this:

  1. Open Regedit as Administrator
  2. Navigate to \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\PowerSettings
  3. Here you will find a lot of subfolders that are seemingly named with a GUID.
  4. Expoand the sub-folders and inspect the content. Locate Description and Friendly Name which describe what setting they control.
  5. For each setting you want visible, change the REG_DWORD value of Attributes to 2. Create Attributes if it does not exist.
  6. Reboot

Now the selected power options should be visible under Advanced Settings.

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