Unable to Change Power Scheme in Power Options

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on April 29, 2008



One of our readers, Anup submitted a problem “I have Windows XP.whenever I execute any video file(song/movie) after setting STAND BY,TURN OFF MONITOR etc. to NEVER in power options, they get restored to default values and if not checked again,the system goes to stand by after some time.”

Power options

I can imagine how it would feel when one starts enjoying a movie on computer and it goes into standby for no good reason.


This trouble occurs when there is a power scheme in use that causes computer to standby after a certain interval if there is no activity through keyboard or mouse. This can be fixed with help of changing power scheme in Control Panel > Power Options.


But problem here is that Anup can not change the power scheme to prevent that, it gets restored back to normal.




After having a close look into how it works internally, I could figure out a fix to this problem through a registry tweak.


Lets go step by step:


1. Go to Start > Run , type regedit and press enter. This will open registry editor.

2. Navigate to the Key ” HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\PowerCfg “

3. There you will see two registry keys, one named Default and another named CurrentPowerPolicy as shown in image below.

Registry settings for power options

4. If there are more than these two keys, delete them. Now double Click on the key CurrentPowerPolicy and set its value to 2 if you want your computer to be always on.



Hope this will Fix your trouble!

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

anup anand April 29, 2008 at 5:07 pm

thanks alot abhishek.but i tried this tweak but it does’nt worked.i am giving links to the snaps of my power options BEFORE and AFTER seeing a movie.as soon any video file is run,whole options get restored.i am posting this one as a fresh query too.


please have a look.
thanks again.

choundrapandiyan May 13, 2008 at 2:50 am

i have 10 systems .
all are connected in 16 port switch
all system installed in winxp professonal,
problems are my network place
open mynetworkplace cannot see in shared folders,pages are empty, but click on view workgroup of cmputers all 10 computers are display.

Melanie April 19, 2009 at 8:37 pm

I’m having the same problem. Every time I play a video or movie, the power scheme reverts to turn off the monitor after 20 minutes. I’ve tried the registry fix, but once again, it’s still reverting. I’ve set it to ” never ” turn off the monitor, but as soon as I open a video it goes back to 20 minutes. I’ve tried opening other programs (i.e. notepad, calculator, etc.) these do not cause the power scheme to change, just videos.

Please help. This is really frustrating for the fact that I can’t watch a movie uninterrupted and the fact that I can’t figure out what’s triggering it.

Thanks for any help or insight to this.

vlad July 12, 2009 at 3:05 pm

Had exactly the same program. That is why I came to this site, actually.

I just disabled the anti-virus software and changed the power scheme. Worked well for me.

tjm April 19, 2011 at 9:41 pm

so it’s 2011 and STILL no one knows how to solve this problem?
i am having this problem, but only since i have hooked up a second monitor to my laptop. now everytime i play a video, the power scheme changes, just like it’s doing for anup and melanie.
i don’t have anti-virus software to disable, so i don’t know what to do.

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