Windows 10 is Getting a New 'Ultimate Performance' Mode for Pros

Isaac Cain
February 17, 2018

Insiders who are in the Skip Ahead ring will now be flighted Redstone 5 builds instead, with today's first preview rolling out as build 17604.

The next Windows 10 update is just around the corner, and with it comes a brand new power management mode exclusive to Windows 10 Pro users.

Apart from that, the new Windows 10 Insider Build will also come with updated emoji designs, improved control on file access permissions for Universal Windows Programs, and a number of bug fixes and performance improvements as usual. According to Microsoft's forum discussions, Windows 10 KB4074588 is causing error 0x80070bc2 and 0x80070422 on some computers, and the update ultimately fails to install.

Microsoft has pushed forth a flurry of new releases on the Windows testing front, including a new preview build for Redstone 4 (the next and imminent update for the OS), alongside the first build for Redstone 5 (the following update which will go live later on this year). If you aren't up for bugs, you can opt out of Skip Ahead back to the Fast ring.

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Those running Skip Ahead builds of Windows 10 will continue to receive new versions of Windows 10 apps.

In the blog post announcing Ultimate Performance Mode, Microsoft's Dona Sarkar notes that the feature is "geared towards reducing micro-latencies it may directly impact hardware; and consume more power than the default balanced plan". This new power scheme is selectable either by an OEM on new systems or can be enabled by end users.

You'll be able to use the new power plan by going to Power Options under Hardware and Sound and selecting Ultimate Performance.

Microsoft explained that as it worked on the balance between performance and efficiency, it has "amassed a collection of settings which allow the OS to quickly tune the behavior based on user preference, policy, underlying hardware or workload". It remains to be determined whether Microsoft will eventually offer this mode on battery-powered machines, but that prospect seems highly unlikely. Like other power management modes available on Windows 10, this mode is customizable.

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