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How to set power management options on Windows 2000/XP

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Power management in Windows 2000/XP is done using "schemes" - these are profiles, or sets of preferences, which are given names such as "Home/Office Desk", "Max Battery" etc ("Home/Office Desk" is the default). You can either change the settings in an existing scheme, or you can save your own custom scheme. The schemes can be configured using the following instructions:

  1. click Start.. Control Panel
  2. click the 'Power Options' icon
  3. in the Power Options dialog that appears, select the desired scheme from the Power schemes dropdown
  4. (optional) set the time before the monitor is powered down
  5. (optional) set the time before the hard disk is powered down
  6. (optional) set the time before the computer is sent into Standby mode
  7. (optional) set the time before the computer Hibernates
  8. click OK
  9. close Control Panel

The Hibernate option above will not be visible if Hibernation is disabled. To enable it:

  1. click Start.. Control Panel
  2. click the 'Power Options' icon
  3. in the Power Options dialog that appears, click the Hibernate tab
  4. (optional) enable Hibernation by ticking the box; untick to disable
  5. click OK
  6. close Control Panel

If the Hibernate tab is not visible, the computer does not support hibernation.

Note: 'Hibernate' differs from Standby in that the computer is powered off completely when hibernating. In Standby mode, the computer remains powered on, but in a low-power mode.