Windows 7 Power settings for Windows XP

October 5, 2010 at 10:22:45
Specs: Windows XP
Hello fellas !

I had a lot of issues with my Windows 7 x64 system (explorer not refreshing, graphic tablet issues, overall slowness...) so I downgraded to XP x64 and I can't complain. It's the fastest and most reliable Windows system I've seen so far.

Still, I'd like to know if there is some way to get a better power manager. This is something I liked about Windows 7 because there was so many advanced options (CPU power, HDD power, Wireless adapter power) you could tweak.

I can't seem to find anything similar in XP. It's a bit too basic of a power manager. Do you know anything about this ? That would really help.

Thank you !


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October 5, 2010 at 14:30:08
You show your system as XP but if you are using W7 then you would be better off posting here:

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October 6, 2010 at 11:53:08
What you are asking about is somewhat dependent on your hardware. Check the BIOS settings and look at any ACPI options.

There are many of the settings you mention available there. I think you need to have ACPI enabled prior to installing WinXP.

There are many versions of the ACPI standards. Look at the link below for more on ACPI.

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October 7, 2010 at 11:47:21

Thank you guys for answering so fast. I know that my hardware can take it since I used to have a lot of control over it when I had Windows 7. I had a lot of custom power patterns depending on the task I was carrying out. But this kind of managing seems unavailable in XP.

I am just wondering if there is a way to tweak these parameters through the system itself instead of doing it via the BIOS.

Thank you again !

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October 7, 2010 at 14:45:44
Have you looked at the power settings listing in Control Panel? I am not running XP right now so forgive me if that is not exactly what it is called in XP.

As I recall the settings are not as robust as those in Windows 7 but there are some there.

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October 7, 2010 at 14:59:44
Hi !

Yes I have looked at it, and I couldn't find what I was looking for, that's actually why I'm asking ^^

But it turns out I've found a free app that allows to change these settings without browsing your way in the BIOS. It's called "RightMark CPU clock utility". It's not as straightforward and user-friendly as the standard Windows 7 power manager but it seems to do the job just fine so far.

Thank you guys !

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October 7, 2010 at 15:06:01
Start button> Control Panel> power settings.

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