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Power Management Policy

Power management settings regulate when your computer and/or monitor goes to "sleep" and are automatically set for PSU-owned desktop computers running Windows. When a computer or monitor sleeps, it turns off most of the way, but will turn back on when you "wake" it (usually by pressing any key on your keyboard, clicking your mouse, or quickly pressing and releasing the power button on your computer).

PSU's power management settings have been developed in cooperation with the Campus Sustainability Office and work towards meeting the goals set out in the Climate Action Plan.

Computer Power Profiles

PSU-owned desktop computers that are running Windows are placed in one of the following three categories. The computer's category governs its power management settings.

Power Profile Names

(As Displayed in Windows)

Monitor Sleeps

Computer Sleeps

Computer Types


(PSU - Power Management)

After 15 Minutes

After 20 Minutes

Standard, office use computers.

Monitor Only

(PSU - Power Management - Monitor Only)

After 15 Minutes


Computers that people connect to remotely or that record/serve data from/to other machines.

Public Display*

(PSU - Power Management - Public Display)



Kiosks, instructor stations, computers used to display information to passersby while no one is actively using them.

* When appropriate, these computers and monitors should be turned off.

Exempting Your Computer from Power Management

If you need to exempt your computer from power management so that you can connect to it remotely, you can contact the Helpdesk at to request that your computer be added to the "Monitor Only" group. Be sure to include the name of your computer in the email. To find the name of your computer:

  1. Select the Start button in the bottom, left-hand corner of your desktop.
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. Select System.
  4. Look for the Computer Name section (Windows 7) or the Computer Name tab along the top (Windows XP).
  5. Record the computer name when it displays and include it in your email to the Helpdesk.

This will ensure that your computer is awake when you need it; however, you should turn it off when you are not planning on connecting to it remotely. For more information on setting up remote connections, go to Remote Desktop Connection (RDC).

Further Resources

Contact the Helpdesk for additional assistance.