Fix: “System cooling policy” Missing on Windows 11 or 10 Power Options

Windows 11/10 offers two types of cooling policies— Passive and Active. The ‘System Cooling Policy’ allows users to change the cooling mode on the PC. Active cooling mode increases the speed of the fan before slowing the processor, while Passive cooling mode, increase fan speed before slowing the processor. However, if you are on a Desktop, you can use Active, but if you are on Laptop, use a Passive policy to save battery power.

That said, the OS activates them when required. ACPI feature in the OS enables the vendor to keep a check on temperature through sensors. When the temperature exceeds the thermal zone, the OS takes action to cool down the device. Most people prefer to use a laptop or notebook these days. These laptops use top-range processors and more vital graphics cards to handle complex applications. While these advanced devices help multitask, they come with overheating costs.

The overheating of laptops is the largest threat to life of laptops. The heat generation is directly proportional to the use of the CPU. If your CPU is used 100% by any means, for example, while playing games or performing other complex tasks, the processor will suck more power and cause overheating. Every time your laptop will overheat, it will slow down efficiency. An overheated laptop may seriously damage your device’s internal components and severely impact the laptop’s performance. It will reduce the battery life, damage the motherboard, and may cause severe internal system cooling problems.

Windows provides a built-in to keep your laptop from overheating and helps you keep your PC cool. You can configure this setting in Windows 11 or 10 in the Power Options window. Then the users reported that the “System cooling policy” is missing on their  PCs. In this risewindows article, we will show you how to do it.

Fix: “System cooling policy” Missing on Windows 11 or 10 Power Options

Follow these steps to restore the missing “System cooling policy” option on Windows 11 or 10 Power Options window:-

Step 1. Firstly, open an elevated Command Prompt window.

Step 2. Now, copy and paste the following in the Command Prompt window and hit the Enter key on the keyboard:-

REG ADD HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\PowerSettings\54533251-82be-4824-96c1-47b60b740d00\94D3A615-A899-4AC5-AE2B-E4D8F634367F /v Attributes /t REG_DWORD /d 2 /f

After completing the above steps, you will see the “The operation completed successfully” message on the screen.

Then, open the Power Options window and you will see “System cooling policy” is restored.

That’s it for the article.

I hope this post will be useful to you.

Good luck & keep reading, guys…!!!

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