Windows set power options for screen and standby mode via GPO

The Windows power options can either be accessed as normal via the Windows Settings app , which you can use the key combination

Open Windows 10 Settings

achieved, or via local or central group policies . The local settings can be found in the Windows Settings app in the ” Power Options ” area, which are then divided into the power options for the screen and standby mode. Below you can already see the settings that we have set centrally via the group guidelines.

That is why the note text

Some settings are managed by your organization.


Mains operation and energy saving Windows 10

In this example we have set the times as follows:

  • Screen : Switch off after 2 hours in battery mode.
  • Screen : Switch off after 4 hours in mains operation.
  • Standby mode : In battery mode, the PC switches to energy-saving mode after 4 hours.
  • Standby mode : In mains operation, the PC switches to energy-saving mode after 8 hours.

For all 4 settings there are appropriate settings in the group guidelines. You can find them under

Computer configuration / administrative templates / system / power management / standby settings


Computer configuration / Administrative templates / System / Power management / Video and display settings

Standby power options settings

Here is a picture of the standby power options.

Specify the system standby time limit - GPO

The two GPOs for the standby energy settings are called

Specify the system standby time limit (battery operation)
Specify the system standby time limit (mains operation)

It is important that you activate these GPOs accordingly and enter the correct time until activation. Please note that you have to enter the time in seconds here. In our example it is 14400 seconds, which is 4 hours. Microsoft explains the standby settings as follows:

This policy setting allows you to specify the period of inactivity after which Windows will put the system into standby.

If you enable this policy setting, you must specify a value for the idle time (in seconds) that should elapse before Windows goes into standby .

If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, this setting is controlled by users.

If the user has configured a slideshow to play on the lock screen when the computer is locked , this may The switch to standby mode may be prevented. With the policy setting “Prevent activation of the slide show on the lock screen the slide show feature can be deactivated.

Power Options screen settings

In the area of ​​” Video and display settings” the following 2 GPOs are decisive for the correct setting.

Switch off screen (battery operation)
Switch off screen (mains operation)

The same applies here, because here too the GPO must be activated accordingly and the time span must be specified in a second value.

Switch off GPO video and display settings screen

If you set these GPOs according to your specifications, they will be adopted in the Windows energy options .

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