How to set the best system cooling policy in Windows 11

System cooling policy in Windows 11 is responsible for managing CPU temperature by setting the throttling percentage and fan speed. This policy can be set to either passive or active.
The best cooling policy for your system depends on a number of factors, such as ambient temperature, number of CPU cores, and CPU load. In this guide, you will learn how to set the best system cooling policy in Windows 11.

Understanding system cooling policies in Windows 11

System cooling is the process of keeping your computer’s internal temperature at a safe level, and there are two main types of system cooling: active and passive.

Active system cooling uses fans or other moving parts to actively circulate air and maintain a low temperature without affecting system performance. Passive system cooling, on the other hand, relies on thermal conduction and convection to circulate air and dissipate heat.

What is the best system cooling policy for Windows 11?

Both active and passive system cooling have their advantages and disadvantages. Active system cooling is generally more efficient than passive system cooling, but it can also be louder. Passive system cooling is quieter, but it may not maintain as low a temperature as active cooling.

So, which type of cooling system is best for you? It depends on your needs. If you want the best possible cooling, choose active cooling. If you’re looking for a quiet system, passive cooling is the way to go.

How to set the best system cooling policy to optimize PC performance

To make sure you can set the best cooling policy for your system, make sure you follow these steps:

  1. Try turning off some of the high-end applications running at the same time to reduce CPU load.
  2. Update your Windows.
  3. Ensure adequate ventilation of your system.

After doing the above steps and nothing seems to work, try some of these troubleshooting methods:

1. Configure active/passive cooling policy settings

  • Click Win+S keys to open the search menu.
  • Type Control panel in the search box and select it when it appears.
  • Click on System and security.
  • Choose Power parameters.
  • Choose Change plan settings apart from the current meal plan.
  • Click on Change advanced power settings.
  • In the CPU power management policy, expand System cooling policy.
  • Set the following meal plans;
    • On battery – Passive
    • Connected – Active

2. Control the fan with SpeedFan software

  • Press Win+S to open the search menu.
  • Type System information in the search box and click it when it appears.
  • From Summary of the system tab, find it System manufacturer and system model.
  • Go to the SpeedFan download page and download the software.
  • Locate the downloaded file and double-click to start the installation by following the on-screen installation process.

My system cooling policy is missing, what should I do?

If your system is missing a cooling policy, fix it as follows:

  • Click Start button.
  • Type cmdand select it when it appears.
  • Choose Run as administrator.
  • Enter the following command:

REG ADD HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\PowerSettings\54533251-82be-4824-96c1-47b60b740d00\94D3A615-A899-4AC5-AE2B-E4D8F634367F /v Attributes REG_DWORD /d 2 /f

  • After receiving the “Operation completed successfully” message, check Power Options in Control panel.

The system cooling policy should now be available under Power Options in Control Panel.