Pro-Tip: Modifying Maximum Processor State In Windows 8 (Even If Power Options Won't Let You)

2 December 2012

Prior to upgrading to Windows 8, I had a little toggle within advanced power options that allowed me to set the maximum CPU usage state for my laptop - having had issues with XCOM running it at 100% for extended periods of time and overheating it, causing shutdowns, I pushed this down to 80% and everything was groovy...

Until I upgraded to Windows 8, and the setting disappeared.

Luckily, with a bit of Google, it turns out you can still change this even if you can't see the option within the Power Options settings, by using the Powercfg.exe utility.

acpower is when your computer is plugged in, and dcpower settings are for when it's running on battery.


Tags: power options, powercfg, Windows 8

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