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Technical Details of Advanced Power Options in Windows 7 and Vista

Power plan manages the energy consumption of your pc. It lets you choose between performance and saving more energy. Here’s the technical details of advanced power options that let’s you tweak your computers power consumption in details.

I. Balanced Power Plan 

– automatically balances performance with energy consumption on capable hardware. The plan offers full performance when  needed and saves energy during the period of inactivity.

Require a password on wakeup

- require a password to unlock the computer when it wakes up

On battery: Yes

Plugged in: Yes

Hard disk

- Specify power management settings for your hard disk

Turn off Hard disk after

- Specify how long your hard drive  is inactive before the hard disk turns off

On battery: 10 Minutes

Plugged in: 20 Minutes

Desktop background settings

- Change power management settings for your desktop background.

Slide Show

-  Specify when you want the desktop background slide show to be available.

On battery: Paused

Plugged in: Available

Wireless Adapter Settings

- Configure wireless adapter power settings

Power Saving Mode

- Control the power saving mode of wireless adapters

On battery: Medium Power Saving

Plugged in: Maximum Performance

Power Saving Mode Description
Maximum Power Performance Achieve maximum wireless performance with no power savings.
Low Power Saving Achieve minimum power savings.
Medium Power Saving Balance between performance and power saving based on network traffic.
Maximum Power Saving Achieve maximum power savings.

Sleep

- Specify sleep settings

Sleep after

- Specify how long your computer is inactive before going to sleep.

On battery: 15 minutes

Plugged in: 30 minutes

Allow hybrid sleep

- Allow Windows to save your work and enter a low-power state so that you can resume working almost immediately.

On battery: Off

Plugged in: Off

Hibernate after

- Specify how long your computer is inactive before hibernating.

On battery: 360 minutes

Plugged in: 360 minutes

Allow wake timers

- Specify if timed events should be allowed to wake the computer from sleep.

On battery: disable

Plugged in: disable

USB settings

- specify USB power settings for the USB hub driver

USB selective suspend setting

- specify whether USB selective suspend is turned on or off.

On battery: Enabled

Plugged in: Enabled

Power buttons and lid

- specify what your computer does when you close the lid and press the power buttons.

Lid close action

- specify the action that your computer takes when you close the lid on your mobile pc.

On battery: Sleep

Plugged in: Sleep

Power button action

- specify the action to take when you press the power button.

On battery: Sleep

Plugged in: Sleep

Sleep button action

- specify the action to take when you press the sleep button.

On battery: Sleep

Plugged in: Sleep

PCI Express

- PCI Express Power Management Settings

Link State Power Managements

- specifies the Active State Power Management (ASPM) policy to use for capable links when the link is idle.

On battery: Maximum power savings

Plugged in: Moderate power savings

Policy Description
Off Turn off ASPM for all links
Moderate power savings Attempt to use the L0S state when link is idle.
Maximum power savings Attempt to use the L1 state when link is idle.

Processor Power Management

- specify power management settings for your computer’s processor

Minimum processor state

- specify the minimum performance state of your processor (in percentage).

On battery: 5%

Plugged in: 5%

System cooling policy

- Specify the cooling mode for your system

On battery: Passive

Plugged in: Active

Cooling mode Description
Passive Slow the processor before increasing fan speed
Active Increase fan speed before slowing the processor

Maximum Processor state

- specify the maximum performance state of your processor (in percentage).

On battery: 100%

Plugged in: 100%

Display

- specify power management settings for your display

Turn off display after

- specify how long your computer is inactive before your display turns off.

On battery: 5 minutes

Plugged in: 10 minutes

Multimedia settings

- Configure power settings for when devices and computers are playing media from your computer

When sharing media

- specify what your computer does when a device or computer is playing media from your computer.

On battery: Allow the computer to sleep

Plugged in: Prevent idling to sleep

Policy Description
Allow computer to sleep Devices and computers will not be able to play media from your computer while it sleeps.
Prevent idling to sleep Devices and computers will be able to play media from your computer unless you put it to sleep.
Allow the computer to enter Away mode Devices and computers will be able to play media from your computer while it is in Away mode.

When playing video

- the power optimization mode used by your computer’s video playback pipeline.

On battery: Balanced

Plugged in: Optimized video quality

Policy Description
Optimized video quality Gives the optimum video quality during playback.
Balanced A balance of video quality and power savings.
Optimized power savings Gives the optimum power savings during playback.

Internet Explorer

- specifies Internet Explorer power savings

JavaScript Timer Frequency

On battery: Maximum power savings

Plugged in: Moderate Performance

Battery

- Configure notification and alarm settings for your battery.

Critical battery action

- Specify the action to take when the battery capacity reaches the critical level.

On battery: Sleep/Hibernate/Shutdown

Plugged in: Do nothing/Sleep/Hibernate/Shutdown

Low battery level

- Percentage of battery capacity remaining that initiates the low battery action

On battery: 10%

Plugged in: 10%

Critical battery level

- Percentage of battery capacity remaining that initiates the critical battery action.

On battery: 5%

Plugged in: 5%

Low battery notification

- Specify whether a notification is shown when the battery level reaches the low level.

On battery: On

Plugged in: On

Low battery action

- Specify the action that your computer takes when the battery capacity reaches the low level.

On battery: Do nothing/Sleep/Hibernate/Shutdown

Plugged in: Do nothing/Sleep/Hibernate/Shutdown

Reserve battery level

- Percentage of battery capacity remaining that initiates reserve power mode.

On battery: 7%

Plugged in: 7%

II. High Performance Plan

- Favors performance, but may use more energy.

Require a password on wakeup

On battery: Yes

Plugged in: Yes

Hard disk

Turn off Hard disk after

On battery: 20 Minutes

Plugged in: 20 Minutes

Desktop background settings

Slide Show

On battery:Available

Plugged in: Available

Wireless Adapter Settings

Power Saving Mode

On battery: Maximum Performance

Plugged in: Maximum Performance

Sleep

Sleep after

On battery: Never

Plugged in: Never

Allow hybrid sleep

On battery: Off

Plugged in: Off

Hibernate after

On battery: Never

Plugged in: Never

Allow wake timers

On battery: disable

Plugged in: disable

USB settings

USB selective suspend setting

On battery: Enabled

Plugged in: Enabled

Power buttons and lid

Lid close action

On battery: Sleep

Plugged in: Sleep

Power button action

On battery: Sleep

Plugged in: Sleep

Sleep button action

On battery: Sleep

Plugged in: Sleep

PCI Express

Link State Power Managements

On battery: Off

Plugged in: Off

Processor Power Management

Minimum processor state

On battery: 5%

Plugged in: 100%

System cooling policy

On battery: Active

Plugged in: Active

Maximum Processor state

On battery: 100%

Plugged in: 100%

Display

Turn off display after

On battery:10 minutes

Plugged in: 15 minutes

Multimedia settings

When sharing media

On battery: Prevent idling to sleep

Plugged in: Prevent idling to sleep

When playing video

On battery: Optimized video quality

Plugged in: Optimized video quality

Internet Explorer

JavaScript Timer Frequency

On battery: Maximum power savings

Plugged in: Maximum power savings

Battery

Critical battery action

On battery: Sleep/Hibernate/Shutdown

Plugged in: Do nothing/Sleep/Hibernate/Shutdown

Low battery level

On battery: 10%

Plugged in: 10%

Critical battery level

On battery: 5%

Plugged in: 5%

Low battery notification

On battery: On

Plugged in: On

Low battery action

On battery: Do nothing/Sleep/Hibernate/Shutdown

Plugged in: Do nothing/Sleep/Hibernate/Shutdown

Reserve battery level

On battery: 7%

Plugged in: 7%

III. Power Saver Plan

- Saves energy by reducing your computer performance where possible.

Require a password on wakeup

On battery: Yes

Plugged in: Yes

Hard disk

Turn off Hard disk after

On battery: 5 Minutes

Plugged in: 20 Minutes

Desktop background settings

Slide Show

On battery: Paused

Plugged in: Available

Wireless Adapter Settings

Power Saving Mode

On battery: Maximum Performance

Plugged in: Maximum Performance

Sleep

Sleep after

On battery: 10 minutes

Plugged in: 15 minutes

Allow hybrid sleep

On battery: Off

Plugged in: Off

Hibernate after

On battery: 360 minutes

Plugged in: 360 minutes

Allow wake timers

On battery: disable

Plugged in: disable

USB settings

USB selective suspend setting

On battery: Enabled

Plugged in: Enabled

Power buttons and lid

Lid close action

On battery: Sleep

Plugged in: Sleep

Power button action

On battery: Sleep

Plugged in: Sleep

Sleep button action

On battery: Sleep

Plugged in: Sleep

PCI Express

Link State Power Managements

On battery: Maximum power savings

Plugged in: Maximum power savings

Processor Power Management

Minimum processor state

On battery: 5%

Plugged in: 5%

System cooling policy

On battery: Passive

Plugged in: Passive

Maximum Processor state

On battery: 100%

Plugged in: 100%

Display

Turn off display after

On battery: 2 minutes

Plugged in: 5 minutes

Multimedia settings

When sharing media

On battery: Allow the computer to sleep

Plugged in: Allow the computer to sleep

When playing video

On battery: Optimized power savings

Plugged in: Balanced

Internet Explorer

JavaScript Timer Frequency

On battery: Maximum power savings

Plugged in: Maximum power savings

Battery

Critical battery action

On battery: Sleep/Hibernate/Shutdown

Plugged in: Do nothing/Sleep/Hibernate/Shutdown

Low battery level

On battery: 10%

Plugged in: 10%

Critical battery level

On battery: 5%

Plugged in: 5%

Low battery notification

On battery: On

Plugged in: On

Low battery action

On battery: Do nothing/Sleep/Hibernate/Shutdown

Plugged in: Do nothing/Sleep/Hibernate/Shutdown

Reserve battery level

On battery: 7%

Plugged in: 7%

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Keyword Search: How to find the Users Country and City location at Google Analytics

Google analytics provides ways to monitor your website(s) in different levels. The system is so specific that you can study and analyze all the users interaction.

Let’s dig on how to know where each keywords from Google Search came from.

Go to the Traffic Sources and hit the overview menu.

overview_trafficsources

Google Analytics will view the top ten keywords searches. Click the View Full Report link to see the entire keyword searches at specific range of Date.

viewfullreport_trafficsources

The Show rows options will display how many rows of searches that you want to study or analyze.

showrows_trafficsources

This is a Google Search Keyword example that is usually being inputted at Google.com:

keyword_trafficsources

To see where the person who wrote that Search located, just click the “Secondary Dimension” menu and Visitors Group.

The Country/Territory menu will display all the users (that wrote the keyword search) country location.

country_keyword

Click “City” to display all users City location as shown below.

citylocation_keyword

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How to enable "run as" or “run as different user” in right-click menu for limited users

If you want to perform administrative functions such as changing some system settings, performing restrictions, or installing programs and you’re log as limited user and you need to be logon as administrator or vice-versa.

Here’s a quick tip to show the “run as administrator” and “run as different user” at users context menu.

How to access the Run as… function at Windows XP

runas_xp

When you use the right-click to any executable application, Windows XP provides ways to access the Run As function.

Same with Windows 7 and Vista, all executable files (.exe) has “Run as administrator” context menu option to elevate any application to the highest level. For “run as different user”, you just need to use the shift function of your keyboard to access and use the right click menu option.

runas_windows7

Here’s some related links that you can use:

Adding “Run as Administrator” option to any file types

How to Run VBScripts as Administrator in Windows

Universal RunAs Script Template in Elevating Commands as Administrator

After that you’ll be able to use the different logins and launch the application as different user.

runasapplication_xp

For the login that you need to use, just input the proper credentials like username and password.

runaslogin

Same thing with Windows 7 except most of the times it doesn’t show the list of users for security reasons by default.

runasdifferentuser

For running the application from command prompt and using different logins and credentials, just use the application RunAs.exe by using the syntax below:

runas /name:[username] path 

runasexample

Here are some applications of the context menu function that will explain why sometimes we need the option:

Restricting the Task Manager option for Limited or Standard Accounts in Windows

How to Remove Phone Icon Entries from My Computer in Windows 7


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