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By  Matthew Wade Published  February 1, 2008

To activate power management in Windows XP:

i) Hit Start/Settings/Control Panel;

ii) Double-click the Display icon;

iii) Choose the Screensaver tab, then click the Power button in the ‘Energy Saving Features of Monitor' box;

iv) Under the Power Schemes tab, select Home/Office Desk (for desktop PC) or Portable/Laptop (for notebook PC);

v) We recommend you set ‘Turn off monitor' to 15 minutes (or less), ‘Turn off hard disks' to the same, and finally, set ‘System standby' at 30 minutes (or less);

vi) Click OK and you're done.

To activate power management in Windows Vista:

i) Click Start/Run and then Control Panel

ii) If you are in Control Panel's Theme View, double click ‘System and Maintenance'. Or if in Classic View, double-click Power Options

iii) Once in Power Options, you can choose a pre-configured plan (we recommend Power Saver), or else customise one of the pre-configured plans, or create a whole new tailored plan of your own

ivi) If choosing Power Saver, click on ‘Change plan settings' to amend the display and sleep settings using the timings suggested above. (You can tailor even more settings by choosing ‘Change advanced power settings'.)

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