Ultimate Performance mode in Windows 10
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Ultimate Performance mode is now available for devices with Windows 10 April 2018 Update. Ultimate Performance mode is a new power scheme in Windows 10 Pro for Workstations. While it’s designed for users with high-performance workstations, you can enable it on any device, and get more power out of the machines. In this guide, we will learn how to enable Ultimate Performance mode in Windows 10.

It’ll definitely have an impact on your computer’s performance, especially on a gaming machine. Microsoft already has a Game Mode for Windows 10 but it improves the experience and not the performance.

Microsoft has also included a new setting for power management in Control Panel to ensure performance is best only on a system that allows it.

What is Ultimate Performance Mode in Windows 10?

The feature is basically supposed to improve the performance of the operating system. Microsoft has created the Ultimate Performance Mode in Windows 10 for high-end PCs only and it aims to optimize the performance of the operating system. It could result in excessive battery drainage if enabled on battery-based devices.

Unfortunately, Microsoft is not enabling this on battery-powered systems, and the company has locked this feature to Windows 10 Pro for Workstations. In other words, the option is not available broadly across Windows 10.

But with little hacking, you can force the Ultimate Performance mode and it’ll work in any edition of Windows 10 regardless of the hardware configuration.

“Windows has developed key areas where performance and efficiency tradeoffs are made in the OS. Over time, we’ve amassed a collection of settings which allow the OS to quickly tune the behavior based on user preference, policy, underlying hardware or workload,” Microsoft explained in a blog post.

Microsoft has blocked the feature on battery-powered systems for the betterment of customers. The Ultimate Performance mode attempts to eliminate micro-latencies. In simple words, Ultimate Performance mode forces the system to use more power than before, and the company won’t enable it on battery-powered systems due to this requirement.

The Ultimate Performance concept is really good and needless to say, it would improve your computer’s performance. Using it on a battery-powered system means more energy is required, but if you are ready to sacrifice battery backup for unbeatable performance, here’s you can enable the Ultimate Performance mode in Windows 10.

Enable Ultimate Performance Mode in Windows 10

  • First and foremost, double-check that your PC is running the latest Windows 10 April 2018 Update (version 1803).
  • Search for Command Prompt with Cortana. Open it with administrator privileges, and type the following command

powercfg -duplicatescheme e9a42b02-d5df-448d-aa00-03f14749eb61.

  • Open Settings and navigate to System > Power & sleep > Additional Power Settings. Or open Control Panel, and navigate to Hardware & Sound > Power Options.
Ultimate Performance in Windows 10
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  • Under ‘Choose or customize a power plan’, select ‘Ultimate Performance’.

Windows 10 Pro has three different power plans, namely Balance, Power Saver and High Performance. The Ultimate Performance Mode will consume more battery and it’ll not have a big impact on a low-end hardware.

Disable Ultimate Performance Mode in Windows 10

  • Launch Settings from Cortana/Search.
  • In Settings, navigate to System -> Power & Sleep, and click ‘Advanced Power Settings’ link.
  • Under ‘Choose or customize a power plan screen, switch to ‘Balanced Mode’.
  • Click on ‘Change plan settings’ link next to Ultimate Performance, and click on delete option.

The Ultimate Performance Mode is available for everyone with the release of Windows 10 April 2018 Update (version 1803). It can be officially enabled by OEM on new devices or by the user on compatible hardware.

  • drearyworlds

    If it’s a power profile, is it really any different than setting all of the Advanced options to their highest level? If not, my custom profile called “11” should be just as good.

  • Al White

    I think it’s just a shortcut to turning off power savings and going with all the performance options, still, easier to do I guess.