Howto: Repair Power schemes

In some cases, an error may occur when trying to view, change or add a power scheme. This may be due some corrupted registry settings in your registry. To repair your registry settings of your power management, you need to restore the default settings of your power schemes. Follow these steps to recover your power schemes:

  1. Go to Start – Run – Regedit
  2. On the left side, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER | Control Panel | PowerCFG
  3. Right-click on PowerCFG, choose Export, and save it as “old-powercfg.reg” (or any other name you want, this is just a backup)
  4. Now, right click again and choose Delete. The incorrect settings are now deleted
  5. To download the correct default power scheme settings, right click and save the following file: powerscheme.reg
  6. Navigate to the file you have just downloaded. Double-click. When alerted if you are sure you want to add the settings, click Yes
  7. Go to your Power scheme again and see your power settings are restored to their defaults.


Update 31 july 2008:

Some people seem to have some problem when they doubleclick the reg-file. Here are the instructions when doubleclicking doesn’t work:

  1. Save the registry file to somewhere on your computer
  2. Open the Registry (start -> run -> “regedit” -> OK)
  3. Click File -> Import
  4. Navigate to the saved file and click “Open”
  5. Confirm the Import
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Mike Jew

This worked on my old sony viao. Thanks.

Sanchit Goyal

Woks perfectly! Thanks a lot!









Add the following to section #2:

– PowerCfg\ProcessorPolicies: we also find the 6 basic power schemes that come with Windows XP, numbered 0 to 5, plus any schemes that were added, numbered 6 on up, in PROCESSORPolicies.

Job4b: delete all power schemes above 5, that is, numbers 6 on up.

(a new policy will automatically be adde to ProcessorPolicies when you create a new scheme in the Power Options window)


Here is how I was able to get my XP Pro machine to once again power off the monitor and get into system Standby mode using Power Schemes. [I compared registry settings with 2 other pcs with no Power Scheme problems. I discovered the corrupt registry settings for the power schemes I had added. I did a restore point before modifying the registry, which was unnecessary.] In the registry, I searched for “PowerPolicies” (ticking ‘Key’, and ‘Match whole string only’). It occurs 7 times, always under PowerCfg. 1. [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\PowerCfg] – PowerCfg: CurrentPowerPolicy: it is set to the number corresponding… Read more »


If anybody is still peeping in to find a fix for the XP power scheme problem (can’t save a personal power scheme) I can testify that this is a righteous fix. Every time I saved my own power configuration it would not stay in place. I started working with powercfg in CLI and the /setactive switch would not install the new scheme I would create in CLI. The scheme I created was there but I could not get it set as the active scheme. So… I followed the instructions in the fix with a few differences: 1) The uncorrupted Windows… Read more »


Thanks, your reg file fixed my problem after “powercfg /RestoreDefaultPolicies” would not.



Paul Robinson

hi Christian,

so sorry i didnt even read your second point
thats really great solution
i can export selected from current pc’s registry and import ’em after connect the regedit to my pc through network regitry.

Paul Robinson

thanks for the reply Christian.
how can we edit registery without log in to windows
i couldn stop windows from should down when loading desktop

however i’ve resoled this problem by manual system restore
which is done by copying 5 files (DEFAULT, SYSTEM, SAM, SECURITY,SOFTWARE) from c:\system volume information\restore\snapshots to c:\windows\sytem32\config

i need help (which im supposed to post in another location)
that is any good method available to secure data in portable HDD?
does anybody know well about cacls.exe, does cacls.exe works with different computers or different users?


windows keep restarting when logging in since i set the wrong ups configuration in power management. how do i restore the power management setting without login to windows?


Wonderful. Worked first time. Many thanks


Worked fantastic thanks a million

Johnny K

You absolutely rock!


Thank you so much. This totally worked. I had to use the “31 july 2008 Update” to make it work. But did my Power schemes get glitched to begin with?


im still having problem dude…my laptop (lenovo)…the screen turns off each 10 minutes..when im in the middle of something (seeing movies etc) and thats kinda annoying….when i go to panel control / power options it says that when computers running plugged turn off in 10 minutes n whens runnig with battery turn off in 5 minutes and i cant change it…i cant even click on it it seens to be locked…could u pleas tell me what to do?

Donald Keith

Perfection in its most desired form – where nothing goes wrong. Thanks dude =)

Joseph Chiuchiolo

Excellent!!! I have solved this annoying problem in a matter of minutes by following
the precious instructions to the letter. Thanks again and keep up the good word.


Thanks – worked great. Problem occured when I created the 11th power scheme.


Here’s an easier fix I saw on another forum. Go to Start>Run. In the empty field type in “powercfg /RestoreDefaultPolicies” (without the quotation marks and make sure there is a space after powercfg) and click on OK. This worked for me.

Now all the default power schemes will be back and you can go on to make new ones. Apparently after awhile of making so many custom profiles, the function will get corrupted/confused and you can’t make any new ones.

Stefan Koester-Hirose

powercfg /RestoreDefaultPolicies

Just perfect. It saved me a lot of time.
It seems that there is a bug in XP for to many power schemes or double names.
Appriciated. Great


Excellent, it worked straight away!
Thank you!



Thank you it worked!

Pete Charles

Thanks very much, perfect again


err…anyone plsss help me!!
i coudnt download the powerscheme.reg file…
i had right click but it doesnt appear what it supposed to be…


Many thanks for this . It’s work like a charm


Thanks it works


Thanks a lot! It helped right away:)!!!


And I should also say that no setting actually works. The monitor will not turn off after 10 minutes (which is the default value in “Edison”).

But I have another box on the network with Win XP SP2 which works perfectly, and even tried importing its Registry settings, but to no avail.



I’ve imported the powerscheme to the Registry but when I try to save settings in the Control Panel they keep reverting to the defaults.

So I changed the Permissions, SYSTEM is denied and only Administrator has access.

It still will not hold the changes from Control Panel.

(Is this the most time consuming and annoying exercise Microsoft could devise???)

Any other ideas? Anyone?



Wow! Thanx a bunch! I’m a novice and even worked for me! God bless!

William Fowlie

The downloaded file ended up being called “powerscheme.reg.txt”, I had to rename it to “powerscheme.reg” and use the method described in the update.

Worked like a dream thank you very much!!!

Now if I can find out why everything disappeared? Some program must have interfered with it but now I can repair it if it happens again.

Danny Dryden

Thanks, worked great! I tried different fixes, but I only had two power schemes and new power schemes would not save. Works perfectly now! Thanks!

Justin Brown

i should clarify, i meant to say they revert back when ever i watch any media.

Justin Brown

Hi, I followed the instructions down to the word and it worked for a few hours. However, it has reverted back to its usual ways. I have all of my power schemes, they all revert to: Turn off Monitor – 15 mins, Turn off Hard Disks – 30 mins. Please, can anyone help me?


dear friend

i really thank you i had lost my sleep during the 3 nights trynig to fix it,,

u post the write one solution for me,,,

happy christmas,,and happy new year

i will adveritise your website as a little thank you 4 you..

to the greek it – pc forums,,,!!!

thank you 4 once more ..


Thanks a hell of a lot! I had just installed Windows XP SP2, immediately tried to save download bandwidth and time by applying SP3 and was wondering why I wasted my time on what should be a bug-free SP (i.e. not rushed-out).
You enabled me to not waste too much time and fix this quickly, cheers!

Nice of Microsoft to continue to treat its software as open source by getting others to identify – and fix – most bugs, but still creaming in the cash on the other hand, isn’t it?


Thank you so much for the Power Scheme Registry Fix. Good instruction of “how to” and its back to the original setting which I had deleted one by one in ignorance until I was left with a grey screen.


I can’t say thanks enough, this worked great. Thanks so much for the information,


Right clicking the powerscheme.reg file doesn’t give an option to save the file. I can only open the file as a window on my browser. I tried Explorer and Firefox.

E. Vandenbroecke

Hello, I am an IT Technician, and I am always looking for ways to save time in my PC/laptop setups. I would like to know if anyone knows of a script or the commands to delete all power schemes on the computer and replace with with imported power schemes. I already have a batch program to import the schemes i want on a computer, but what I need is a way to delete all the schemes (no matter on what GUID). Many of the computers that I work on have various different power schemes so I would either need a… Read more »

Mike lLac

I have a similar problem when I set my monitor to turn off in xx and my hard disk in yy and system standby in zz my computer is not responding after it goes into that mode when I move the mouse or press on any key on the keyboard my computer must be rebooted with the power button.

Can anybody help please
Thank you
Mike lac

Adam Twork

I successfully installed the new registry keys, yet the error continues.

“Your Power Plan Information isn’t available”

Could there be any files missing that the registry needs to reference? Where do I get replacements?


Thank u so much for your combined knowledge. Been playing for 3 days. Working great now…

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