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Power Plan Chooser 1.0.0

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Reviewed:  3 reviews
Downloads: 771
Released: Mar 19, 2010
Updated: Mar 19, 2010 by vielmetter
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Power Plan Chooser is a small utility that sits in the notification area (task bar) in Windows 7 and allows the user to quickly activate one of the three standard Windows 7 power plans (Balanced, High Performance and Battery Saver). I wrote this application after getting frustrated with only two power plan choices after upgrading to Windows 7 Professional.

Much of the code was actually written by Murray Foxcroft at CodeProject in a tutorial on WPF/xaml Notificiation area popup window. It's a great tutorial:

The way the software works is using a command called powercfg to activate one of the following power plans in Windows 7

Power Scheme GUID: 381b4222-f694-41f0-9685-ff5bb260df2e (Balanced)
Power Scheme GUID: 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c (High performance)
Power Scheme GUID: a1841308-3541-4fab-bc81-f71556f20b4a (Power saver)

Although the program works just great for me, there are issues you should be aware of. Here are just some of the known and documented bugs:

- PPC always activates High-Performance plan on launch.

- PPC only shows Windows 7 default power plans and will not show user configured power plans.

- PPC is not aware of which power plan is currently active, so if you switch plans using the battery
icon, it will be out of sync with the current active power plan selection.

If you are up for helping me improve the program, just drop me a line with your suggestions or download the source code and modify things yourself.

David Vielmetter

Reviews for this release

Not good, there are some bugs that need to be fixed and some futures missing. First of all the biggest bug is that application starts in High Performance only, i set this app to Start with windows and every time windows starts, it switches to High Performance Plan :/ ? Second thing is, it does not recognize my custom plan. It only shows the three standard windows plans, Performance, Balanced...
by Fida_Pr on Mar 30, 2013 at 5:11 PM
Cool little utility, this is exactly the type of use I intended when I put the article up at I am glad it has come in useful
by MurrayFoxcroft on Jan 3, 2013 at 4:53 PM
Great program, working exactly as it should. My only minor gripe is the pop up window isn't moveable. I have my taskbar on the left, rather than the bottom of the screen, and the window appears in the middle. Cheers
by pinn on May 3, 2010 at 5:17 PM