Windows 2000 Registry Power Options

By cdiddy
Dec 13, 2004
  1. Hi all,

    I am trying to figure out if there is a registry hack that will retain power options set on Windows 2000 pcs. As far as I know, every time the power settings (schemes) are changed in the control panel, it reverts back after a reboot. Is there a registry hack that will retain those power settings?

    Thanks in advance,
  2. BlueOcean

    BlueOcean TS Rookie

    XP Answer

    Of course you know editing the registry is dangerous. More so because the edit you are requesting involves loading user profiles. You know how grumpy people can become if you mess their stuff up.

    In XP

    Setup: Permissions to edit registry

    Performance Steps

    1. Navigate to Start\Run and type REGEDIT.
    2. Highlight the HKEY\USERS registry key
    3. From the FILE menu select LOAD HIVE
    4. Browse to C:\Documents and Settings\Default User and select NTUSER.DAT and click OK.
    5. Next you are prompted for a name. Type NTUSER and press enter.
    6. You will now see a NTUSER registry key under HKEY\USERS.
    7. Highlight the NTUSER\Control Pannel\PowerCfg key.
    8. In the right pane you will see Current Power Policy with a value of 0-4, change this to a value of 1 for laptop, 3 for always on, 0 for home ofice.
    9. Highlight the NTUSER key.
    10. From the FILE menu select UNLOAD HIVE. Confirm that you want to close all sub-keys.
    11. From the FILE menu select EXIT.
    12. Log off current user and test registry edit by logging in as a user and check the power options in the control panel. It should be set to always on.
    13. End Task.

    Note: This is for XP but the principle should be the same for 2K. You should be aware that for every user profile already created there is a NTUSER.DAT file. You would need to repeat the process for each user. The default user is to take care of future users.

    Have used this fix on over at least200 XP systems. Good luck
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