Unlocking the 'High Performance' Windows power option plan
Some Windows 10 computers do not allow the user to choose 'High Performance' as a plan option and some critical optimization options maybe hidden under 'Change advanced power settings' - that we explicitly recommend via our PC Optimization Guide for Windows.
Microsoft Surface and some Dell computers with Windows 10 have been known to come with these options hidden - but there maybe other Windows OEM computers that fall into this category.
Without enabling these hidden optimizations, your well spec'd Windows 10 PC may struggle with processing real-time audio and easily avoidable audio drop outs and performance issues, may occur.
Luckily, there is a simple Registry tweak that can reveal these options, and help us make the necessary optimizations.
How to unlock additional Windows 10 power plan settings
NOTE: Making changes to your registry can have serious implications. Before making any changes to your registry, we strongly recommend creating a back-up of the registry, which you can restore in the unlikely event anything goes wrong. Find steps on how to back-up the registry, here
- Press and hold the 'Windows' and 'R' key on your keyboard, or right-click on the Start menu button and choose 'Run'.
- When the 'Run' prompt appears, type "regedit" (without quotes) and then press enter on your keyboard, or hit the 'Ok' button.
- In the left hand pane of the Registry Editor, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power
- Locate the item entitled CsEnabled, and double-click on it.
- In the next window that appears, change the Value data field from 1 --> 0.
- Click 'OK' to confirm your choice, then restart your computer.
- You should now be able to proceed with the steps from our PC Optimization Guide for Windows, under the Adjust Power Options section, from Step 3.