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Published on 05.14.09 by Brent Trahan

Set the System Cooling Policy

Learn how to set Windows 7’s to use a passive cooling policy (it slows down the processor before increasing fan speed) or an active cooling policy (it increases the fan speed before slowing down the processor).

  1. Open the Control Panel in the Start menu.
  2. Open Power Options in the Control Panel.

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    Note: If Power Options is not available, change View by to Large icons at the top right of the Control Panel.

  3. Select Change plan settings next to the power plan you want to set.

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  4. Select Change advanced power settings.

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  5. Select Change settings that are currently unavailable.

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  6. Set the System cooling policy under Processor power management to Active or Passive and then click OK to save the changes.

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