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PowerMAN, Windows® 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 and Windows 11

Windows® 7, Windows® 8, Windows® 10 and Windows® 11 are a significant improvement on earlier releases such as Windows XP and Windows Vista. Unlike previous releases these operating systems do allow some basic power management features to be configured centrally by Group Policy.

However, there is a big catch, Windows only supports a single power plan for all users on a particular computer. This policy applies at all times, can typically be changed by any user, and remains in effect even when the user logs off. This prevents a stricter or distinct policy from applying to different users, when nobody is logged on, or at different times of the day. It can also be problematic when the workstation is shared by many users as the workstation can frequently be locked. This limitation means the biggest "quick win" available to most organisations, to better manage power when nobody is logged on, is not available.

PowerMAN offers many more comprehensive features beyond those present in Windows®:
  • Multiple policies supported per user, per group and per computer
  • Separate policy for when nobody is logged on
  • Policy enforcement to prevent "Computer Insomnia"
  • Shutdown or logout when idle
  • Scheduled wake-up, sleep, hibernate and shutdown
  • Optional opt-outs by user, program or specific file
  • Protects power settings from unauthorised changes
  • Allows hibernate to be enabled remotely
  • Monitors enterprise-wide compliance and highlights problem areas
  • Detailed power management Event Log
  • Uniform solution for all supported Windows editions

There are no significant differences in power management configuration features between Windows 7, 8.x, 10 and 11.

PowerMAN and Windows® feature comparison