Lightroom: Massive performance improvement from tweaking windows power plan

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I find that setting Windows 10 power plan to "High Performance" on a modern Intel CPU gives massive performance improvements, compared to "Power Saver". I had it set to "Power Saver" by accident, and it took me months to debug this issue. "Balanced" works OK. Though, still slightly less responsive than "High Performance". I wanted to share the experience with others.

I recommend that Adobe update their documentation to talk about this setting here: https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/kb/optimize-performance-lightroom.html

I'm currently using shortcuts for quickly switching between power plans as described here: https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/create-a-shortcut-or-hotkey-to-switch-power-plans/
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Victoria Bampton - Lightroom Queen, Champion

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Thanks for sharing that tip Konstantin!
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Please also see https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/kb/lightroom-gpu-faq.html tip #6 to keep your GPU running at High-performance settings.
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I should clarify that the performance boost is mainly in areas where the CPU is needed: Switching between modules (going to print module for example), going through photos in the Loupe view in the Library module.
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Konstantin, are you Talking about a CPU power plan or a GPU setting (like Simon)?
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"I'm currently using shortcuts for quickly switching between power plans as described here: https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/create-a-shortcut-or-hotkey-to-switch-power-plans/"

Microsoft also has a Windows 10 PowerPlanSwitcher utility that's much easier to install and it has many customization options.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/powerplanswitcher/9nblggh556l3?activetab=pivot%3Aoverviewtab