How To Import And Export Power Plans (Schemes) In Windows 7

Most of us fine tune power plans (schemes) available in Windows 7. Some users even create new power schems to reduce the amount of PC’s power consumption, maximize performance or match their requirements.

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If you have two or more PCs running Windows 7, you might want to export/import your power schemes from one PC to other.


Although Windows 7 doesn’t allow you import/export power schemes from Power Options (in Control Panel), one can easily import/export one or more power plans using a simple command.



Here is how to export a power plan in Windows 7:

1. Open Command Prompt with admin rights by typing cmd in start menu search box and then hitting Ctrl + Shift + Enter. Alternatively, go to All programs, Accessories, right-click on Command Prompt and then select Run as administrator.

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2. In the command prompt, type Powercfg List and then hit enter to see all existing power plans (schemes) and their GUIDs.

import export power plans in windows 7 guide

3. Now, enter the following command to export a particular scheme:

Powercfg -Export Filename&Location GUID


Replace Filename&Location with any export location with .pow extension and GUID with the power plan GUID that you have obtained in the above step. For example, to export High performance power plan to your C drive you will type the following command:

Powercfg -Export C:\Highperformance.pow 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c

export high performance power plan


4. You are done! You can now close the Command Prompt.

5. Good luck!



How to import a power plan in Windows 7:

1. Open elevated Command Prompt and get GUIDs by entering the following command:

Powercfg List

import export power plans in windows 7 guide

2. Now enter the command given below to import a power plan:

Powercfg –Import Filename&Location

Replace Filename&Location with your backup location with extension. For example, to import High performance power plan from your C drive you will type the following command:

Powercfg –Import C:\Highperformance.pow

import power plan in windows 7



  1. John says

    the command is

    powercfg -Import c:\highperformance.pow 8c5e…

    check powercfg /? for more information

  2. John says

    actually the command is

    powercfg -Import c:\highperformance.pow

    where is the guid to apply to the imported power plan. check powercfg /? for more details

  3. John says

    You can modify the powercfg -Import c:\HighPerformance.pow -GUID 8c5e….

    This will import the power plan and apply the same guid everywhere.

  4. d4rkcell says

    if we create a script to do this each time the pow file is imported it generates a new GUID per machine. This kind of ruins it for me somewhat as I wanted to specify a custom power plan from group policy using the GUID. Given it isn’t consistent accross machines it seems pointless. Good article, almost what I wanted. I am going to look back at group policy preferences to get what I need. Thanks!

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