Posted by: kurtsh | December 21, 2009

TOOL: “Powerplan 7” – A free 3rd party Windows 7 utility to auto-change your power settings based on A/C availability

Ever wish Windows 7 just automatically throttled your power utilization by changing power plans depending on whether you were connected to A/C power?

Power Plan Assistant is a smart power plan management application, designed specifically for Microsoft® Windows® 7 operating system. All the editions of Windows® 7 are fully supported (when 64-bit operating system is detected, the native 64-bit binaries will be installed automatically). There are no installation prerequisites – everything is included in this compact package.

Power Plan Assistant allows a user to:

  1. Switch between the Windows built-in power plans (all power plans, including custom plans, not just 2 of them, as it is when operating via system Power icon);
  2. Easily observe which power plan is currently active (dynamic application icon in a taskbar notification area changes in accordance with an active power plan, does not matter where it has been changed – in a Control Panel, system Power icon or in the Power Plan Assistant itself);
  3. Instantly power off the display on user’s demand (why wait at least one minute for it to be powered off, wasting the energy?). The display can be waked up then by pressing any key or moving the cursor;
  4. Switch the power plans automatically:
    – to ‘Power Saver’ (to preventively save the energy if the battery level goes low);
    – to ‘High Performance’ (on plugging in);
    – to ‘Balanced’ (on plugging out).

Every Power Plan Assistant’s setting is user-configurable, i.e. user can enable or disable it, either permanently or for a current session only. Even the balloon messages and the notification icon appearance/behavior can be customized. When application is started, please refer to ‘left-click’ actions menu and ‘right-click’ settings menu, where you can view/modify all the available settings.


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