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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.


    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.


  4. Select Change advanced power settings.


  5. Select Change settings that are currently unavailable.


  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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  1. tangone says:

    I’m trying to find the program that automatically shuts down vista 32. I want to shut down when Core Temp reaches a certain value. Cannot find what temp Vista auto shut down is triggered. My problem is this. Due to a vent fan failure, Vista suddenly shut down. Changed with identical vent fan & added another bigger and variable speed vent fan. (controlled by dongle low, med, high). Installed Core Temp & noted that intel said Tjunction max is about 70C. Same temp by HP my manufacturer (Tcase 62.5). Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 (Kentsfield). Problem is my actuial temps at idle is 68C. Under 100% load using Prime 95 my actual temp reached 102C. Ran this way for over an hour with no errors on CPU. 6 cycles. Windows did not shut down. This is 32C over the maximum Tjunction temp before damage will occur to CPU. I don’t know if in danger of damaging my cpu or if I’m OK. Hope someone can help. I am comfused cause Core Temp has my max Tj set at 100C. There is no degardation in function of computer & seems as quick as ever. Yikes! Tks, tamgone

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