Download of the Week: Power Plan Assistant for Windows 7

By Jos
Nov 19, 2009
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  1. Microsoft has made energy efficiency a key design element of Windows 7. By default, the operating system is now smarter than previous releases about what devices to turn on and when. It also includes fairly detailed power management options and offers three power plans out of the box to help end users extend battery life or reduce energy consumption in certain scenarios.

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  2. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,195   +69

    This is not that huge, I tried it and it's more annoying than anything. I would put however GMAbooster as a download of the month.

    Power saver plan in windows 7 is a big ripoff, it doesn't give more time (At least on my netbook) at all.
  3. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,042   +84 Staff Member

  4. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,195   +69

    Indeed, that's how I downloaded and loved it :)

    Still, maybe there are some new feats in the Power Plan Assistant, will take a second look.
  5. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    I know it may not *seem* as though it is saving power, but this isn't quantum physics... Power saver = dimmer LCD, slower CPU and some other tweaks.

    There's no question power saver conserves battery power, but the difference between 2 hours and 2 hours + 30 minutes is pretty difficult to determine without some proper benchmarking.
  6. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,195   +69

    I mean ripoff because it gives 10 minutes at most, not half an hour.

    I remember having a toshiba that let me play with cooling system, processing at way too many levels, light dimming and wireless signal power. Why can't netbooks behave like that =/
  7. I think Google's Engery Saver app (for google desktop) does a great job of a useful, but better then default power plan.
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