How to Disable CPU Throttling (Settings) in Windows 11

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CPU Throttling, less commonly known as dynamic frequency scaling, is a built-in feature in many operating systems, like Windows 11, that reduces the processor’s speed in real time to either save power or reduce the heat generated by the processor. It sounds like something you should always keep on, but for some people who are looking to squeeze out every bit of speed their PCs can provide, like for gaming purposes, it can be a problem. This guide will talk about CPU Throttling in Windows 11 and how to turn it off.

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Disable CPU Throttling Windows 11

This guide will show you different ways to turn off CPU throttling in Windows 11. Each method has its own steps, giving you options based on what you’re comfortable with and what your computer allows.

Please note: Turning off CPU throttling can make your computer use more power and get hotter. Be careful and only do this if know what you’re doing.

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Method 1: Change power plan settings

Windows lets you tweak power settings with different plans. The “High Performance” plan reduces power-saving actions, including CPU throttling, for better speed. Making the processor run at full speed all the time is part of this plan.

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Step 1: Get to power options

Getting to the power options in Windows 11 is pretty straightforward:

  1. Hit the Start menu, look up “Control Panel,” and open it.Open Control Panel in Windows 11 Start menu
  2. Change “View by:” to “Small icons” or “Large icons” to show all items.Show all control panel items in Windows 11
  3. Find and click on Power Options.How to open Power Options in Windows 11

Step 2: Pick a power plan

Power plans help you balance performance and energy use:

  1. You’ll see a few plans like Balanced, Power Saver, and High Performance.
  2. Go for “High Performance” to get the best speed with fewer power-saving steps.High performance plan settings Windows 11

Step 3: Fine-tune power plan settings

Here’s how to make sure your plan fits your needs:

  1. Click “Change plan settings” next to the High Performance plan.
  2. Then, hit “Change advanced power settings“.Change advanced power settings

Step 4: Tweak processor power management

These settings let you control CPU throttling:

  1. Look for Processor power management and expand it.
  2. Adjust Minimum processor state and Maximum processor state to 100% to keep the CPU at full throttle.How to Disable CPU Throttling in Windows 11

Step 5: Lock in the changes

After tweaking, make sure to save your settings:

  1. Hit Apply and then OK.

Method 2: Turn off throttling for specific tasks in Task Manager

The Task Manager lets you see and adjust what’s running on your computer. You can find which tasks are being throttled and stop throttling for those you choose.

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Step 1: Show the power throttling column in Task Manager

To check out which tasks are being throttled:

  1. Fire up Task Manager (right-click the taskbar, pick Task Manager, or press Ctrl + Shift + Esc).
  2. Head to the “Details” tab.
  3. Show the Power Throttling column by right-clicking a column header and picking “Select columns“.Task Manager select columns
  4. Tick the “Power Throttling” box.Enable power throttling column in task manager
  5. Now you can see which tasks are getting throttled.Turn off CPU Throttling in Windows 11

Step 2: Make a task more important

If you want a specific task to skip throttling:

  1. Find the task in the list, right-click it, and choose Set priority.
  2. Pick Normal or anything higher. This tells your computer that the task is important and should get more resources, which can help stop throttling for it.Set a process CPU priority Windows 11

Method 3: Use Group Policy Editor to stop power throttling

The Group Policy Editor is a tool for more advanced users, usually found in professional versions of Windows, that lets you change many system settings, including turning off CPU throttling.

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Step 1: Open Group Policy Editor

Here’s how to get into the Group Policy Editor:

  1. Press Win + R to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type gpedit.msc and hit Enter.Open group policy editor via Run command in Windows 11

Step 2: Find the power throttling settings

In the Group Policy Editor, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System -> Power Management -> Power Throttling Settings.
  2. Double-click Turn off Power Throttling.Turn off power throttling local group policy editor

Step 3: Stop power throttling

To turn it off:

  1. In the dialog box, select Enabled. This actually turns off power throttling.
  2. Click Apply and then OK.Completely disable CPU throttling

Method 4: Turn off CPU Throttling using Registry Editor

The Registry Editor lets advanced users change system settings by tweaking the system registry. Be extra careful here, as mistakes can cause big problems. It’s smart to make a system restore point before you start.

Step 1: Open Registry Editor

Here’s how to open it:

  1. Press Win + R to bring up the Run box.
  2. Type regedit and press Enter.Open Registry Editor

Step 2: Go to the Power Throttling key

In the Registry Editor, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\PowerThrottling.
  2. If you don’t see PowerThrottling, you’ll need to make it. Right-click Power, choose New > Key, and name it PowerThrottling.Create new Power registry key

Step 3: Change or add a new value

Then, do this:

  1. Look for PowerThrottlingOff. If it’s not there, create a new DWORD value with that name.
  2. Double-click PowerThrottlingOff, set the value to 1, and click OK. This tells your computer to stop throttling power.CPU Throttling Settings Windows 11

Step 4: Close Registry Editor and restart

After that, you just need to:

  1. Close the Registry Editor.
  2. Restart your computer to apply the changes.

These ways show how to stop CPU throttling based on what you prefer or how comfortable you are with changing system settings. By managing CPU throttling, you can choose performance over saving power, which might be better for some users.

Some final advice

Keep an eye on your system after making these changes. If you run into any issues, you can always turn CPU throttling back on by undoing what you did here. CPU throttling exists to help avoid overheating and extend the life of your computer, especially laptop. If you decide to turn it off, make sure your cooling system can handle the extra heat to avoid damage.

Turning off CPU throttling means your CPU works harder, using more power and making more heat. Always check that your hardware can deal with the extra work and heat to keep things safe and running longer.

Categories: LaptopWindows 11

Nyau Wai Hoe
Nyau Wai Hoe is the Founder and Chief Editor of With a degree in software engineering and over 12 years of experience in the tech support industry, Nyau has established himself as an expert in the field, with a primary focus on the Microsoft Windows operating system. As a tech enthusiast, he loves exploring new technologies and leveraging them to solve real-life problems.

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