Some computers have a “Minimum processor state” feature available from the Power Options menu. By adjusting the processor state, you can tweak your computer to give better battery life or better computer performance.

A lower processor state percentage can create considerably longer lasting battery life while a higher processor state can increase the computer’s performance substantially. Subsequently, if you choose to have a lower processor state, it will also take away performance at the same time as creating a better battery life.

The “Minimum processor state” could help you create a computer that is better suited to your needs if you weren’t able to narrow it down more specifically when buying the PC. While not essential to creating a long-lasting computer, by turning down the hardware’s performance, you can give yourself better battery life in between each charge as well as help the battery last longer over the lifetime of the computer. This setting, however, should be left to professionals who will know where to look if ever they are being hindered by performance issues since adjusting the Power Options menu.

An example of the Power Options menu in Windows 10:

How to Add “Minimum processor state” from Power Options in Windows

1. Open the Command Prompt (Admin).

2. If you’re using Windows 10 on its default settings, you will get a pop-up message from User Account Control asking: “Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?” Click Yes.

3. In the command line, type the following command and press the Enter key on your keyboard.

powercfg -attributes SUB_PROCESSOR 893dee8e-2bef-41e0-89c6-b55d0929964c -ATTRIB_HIDE

4. You can now close the Command Prompt window.

How to Remove “Minimum processor state” from Power Options in Windows

1. Open the Command Prompt (Admin).

2. If you’re using Windows 10 on its default settings, you will get a pop-up message from User Account Control asking: “Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?” Click Yes.

3. In the command line, type the following command and press the Enter key on your keyboard.

powercfg -attributes SUB_PROCESSOR 893dee8e-2bef-41e0-89c6-b55d0929964c +ATTRIB_HIDE

4. You can now close the Command Prompt window.

That’s all.

This article was lats updated on May 27, 2019.

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