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Windows Vista saves energy with its new Power Plans and hybrid sleep mode

Windows Vista

To save power on your computer, Windows Vista provides you with a Web page-like interface, which allows you to select and configure power plans.

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As you know, when it comes to saving power on your Windows XP desktop or laptop computer, you start your configuration operation by going to the Control Panel and double-clicking Power Options. The same is true in Windows Vista. However, instead of seeing a multitabbed dialog box, which allows you to select and configure power schemes, Windows Vista provides you with a Web page-like interface, which allows you to select and configure power plans. Microsoft describes Windows Vista's power plans as "a collection of hardware and system settings that manages how your computer uses power. Power plans can help you save energy, maximize system performance, or achieve a balance between the two."

Power plans serve essentially the same purpose as Windows XP's power schemes, but Windows Vista's power plans provide you with an easier to use interface as well as some new features. In addition, Windows Vista will allow computer and peripheral manufacturers to add proprietary power plans to the new interface.