This guide shows you how to export and import power schemes in Windows Vista.
Let’s say you have a small network of computers and you want all of them to use the exact same custom power scheme. This guide shows you how to export a custom power scheme and then import it on other computers. This is also a great way to backup a custom power scheme.
Export/Import a Power Scheme
I’m assuming you’ve already created a custom power scheme and your computer is currently using it.
Export a Power Scheme
- Before you can export a power scheme you need to find out what its GUID is. Open the command prompt with administrative rights by going to Start, All Programs, Accessories, right-click Command Prompt and then select Run as administrator.
powercfg –getactiveschemeand then press Enter on your keyboard.
- You should get something that looks like Power Scheme GUID: 8bb9a8cb-c43c-4915-9178-28cad1baa9e4 (MyCustomPowerPlan). The GUID is the long random string of characters (8bb9a8cb-c43c-4915-9178-28cad1baa9e4).
- Now we can export the power scheme by typing
powercfg –export c:\exportedscheme.pow 8bb9a8cb-c43c-4915-9178-28cad1baa9e4. c:\exportedscheme.pow is the file name and location of the exported power scheme and 8bb9a8cb-c43c-4915-9178-28cad1baa9e4 is the GUID of that power scheme.
- Go to Start, Computer, C: drive, and the exported power scheme called exportedscheme.pow should be there.
Import a Power Scheme
I’m assuming the power scheme file you want to import is called exportedscheme.pow and is located in the root of your C: drive for this example.
- Open the command prompt with administrative rights by going to Start, All Programs, Accessories, right-click Command Prompt and then select Run as administrator.
powercfg –import c:\exportedscheme.powand then press Enter on your keyboard.
The power scheme should be imported.
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