The next Windows 10 Pro Update, codenamed Redstone 4, will include a new feature called “Ultimate Performance,” allowing heavy-duty workstation users the option of choosing or customizing their power plan.
“A Power Plan is a collection of hardware and system settings (like display brightness, sleep etc.) that manages how your computer uses power,” reads the Power Option in Windows 10 Pro.
Accessible through the Control Panel (Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Power Options), the “Ultimate Performance” option is designed to cater to high-end workstation users who can’t afford to compromise on performance when processing heavy tasks.
Head of Windows Insider Program Donna Sarkar says that the upgrade was all about identifying areas of improvement in power management and making the necessary tweaks in order to extract optimal performance from machines.
“This new policy builds on the current High-Performance policy, and it goes a step further to eliminate micro-latencies associated with fine-grained power management techniques,” Sarkar said. “As the power scheme is geared towards reducing micro-latencies it may directly impact hardware and consume more power than the default balanced plan.”
Since the “Ultimate Power” option exploits the system hardware to its fullest, needless to say, it consumes more power as compared to the “Balanced” mode which “automatically balances performances with energy consumption and capable hardware.”
Microsoft has, therefore, made this available only on heavy-duty workstations with server-grade hardware and not on battery-powered systems. Also, the upgrade will be restricted to Windows 10 Pro workstations only.
It is not an option for gaming system users, who, in any case, can make the most of the “Game Mode” Microsoft has provided in Windows 10.
As Microsoft is in the habit of releasing a major Windows 10 update or two each year, it is recommended that users join the Windows Insider Program in order to have access to the latest upgrade the moment they are made available.
The free membership will allow your Operating System to automatically download the latest builds/versions as often as Microsoft makes them available, which could be as frequent as twice a week, if not more.
However, there’s a flipside to the Windows Insider membership in that there is always the chance of these beta-level versions having bugs which could cause issues ranging from minor to real knotty ones.
Another downside to being an Insider member is the time each of these builds may take time to download, which could be as high as 45-50 minutes.
Here’s how you can become a member of the Windows Insider if you don’t mind the 45-minute wait a couple of times a week, at the least.
1. Access the settings menu by clicking on the gear icon on the Start menu.
2. Click “Update and Security”
3. Select “Windows Insider Program” – the last option on the left.
4. Click “Get Started”
5. Log in with your Microsoft account if you are not already signed in. You will have to create a Microsoft account if you don’t have one.
6. Click “Next” on the following screen.
7. Click “Confirm”
8. For the changes to take effect, click on “Restart Now” when prompted.
9. Get back to the Windows Insider Program (Settings > Update and Security > Windows Insider Program)
10. Select your desired Insider Level from the options available in the drop-down The three available options are Fast, Slow and Release Preview. Here’s what each represents.
- Fast: While this option always makes the latest Windows 10 versions available to you, it also increases the risk of bugs.
- Slow: This option provides new pre-launch builds, but is a few versions behind the updates available under the previous option.
- Release Preview: If you opt for this option you will not get new builds; however, you will be provided with certain patches before the general public.