The new Windows 10 April 2018 update has a lot of new features. Some of them include but not limited to Timeline, improvements to Edge, user interface improvements, ability to add security questions to local accounts, HEIF image support, etc., One of the hidden features of the new April 2018 update is the ability enable Ultimate Performance mode. Let me show you how to enable the new hidden feature on Windows 10 with just a few clicks.
- What is Ultimate Performace Mode
- Check Windows version (you should be using v1803 or up)
- Enable Ultimate Performance mode
What is Ultimate Performace Mode
The Ultimate Performance mode is specifically designed for high-end PCs. When enabled, this mode allows you get a bit more performance out of your Windows 10 machine. This performance improvement may not significant, but in games, you might see a few extra FPS (frames per second).
Also, this option might not be avilable on laptops.
Check Your Windows Version
To make use of the Windows Ultimate Performance Mode, you should be using Windows 10 April 2018 update (v1803).
You can check your current Windows version from "About Windows."
R, type "winver" and press enter. You will see the Windows version in the second line. The version should be 1803 or up. Don't mind the build number, it will change everytime you receive a regular Windows update.
Once you are sure you are using Windows 10 with April 2018 update, proceed to enable Ultimate Performance Mode.
Enable Ultimate Performance Mode
Enabling Ultimate Performace Mode is not that hard. However, when you go to the Power Options window in Windows 10, you will not see the Ultimate Performance option. All you see is the regular High-Performance option. The Ultimate Performance option is hidden by default. To see the Ulitmate Performance option, you have to execute a simple PowerShell command.
1. To open PowerShell, search for PowerShell in the start menu, right-click on it and select the option "Run as Administrator."
2. After opening the PowerShell window, copy the below command and execute it. You will receive (Ultimate Performace) as the output.
powercfg -duplicatescheme e9a42b02-d5df-448d-aa00-03f14749eb61
3. Now, search for "Control Panel" in the start menu and open it.
4. Here, make sure that the "View by" is set to "Large icons" in the upper right corner, scroll down, and then click on the option "Power Options."
Alternatively, open the Settings app and go to "System -> Power and Sleep." Click on the "Additional power settings" under "Related Settings" appearing in the right panel.
5. In this window, expand "show additional plans" and select the radio option "Ultimate performance" and you are good to go.
It is that simple to enable Ultimate Performance mode on Windows 10.
As I said, before, this feature is mainly intended for high-end PCs. Even then, you won't see any significant increase in performance. But, when needed, the Ultimate Performance mode can help you ring out that extra bit of juice from your system.
Hope that helps. Comment below talking about the new ultimate performance mode on Windows 10 or if you face any problems while enabling it.