It is often more convenient to check and update Windows Power Options from a command line instead of the through the GUI. This is especially useful with remote management tools or automation.

Check Windows Power Options via Command Line

First we can check the existing setting and plans by running:
powercfg -list

You will see an output similar to:

Existing Power Schemes (* Active)
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Power Scheme GUID: 381b4222-f694-41f0-9685-ff5bb260df2e (Balanced) *
Power Scheme GUID: 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c (High performance)
Power Scheme GUID: a1841308-3541-4fab-bc81-f71556f20b4a (Power saver)

Note: The line with asterix (*) is the currently selected value.

Change Windows Power Options via Command Line

Now we would like to change the selected power plan. We simply run the following command:

powercfg -setactive 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c

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