The Power Plan Assistant for Windows 7 is a small application designed to help the user switch between any power plans available on the PC, including custom plans and all three built-in plans (including “High Performance” which is hidden on the standard system icon) while also adding entirely new capabilities, such as instantly turning off the display upon request.
The icon also easily shows which power plan is currently in use by changing the icon in accordance to the active power plan, as seen in the screenshots above. The icon will automatically update itself regardless of where the plan was changed, whether it be in the default system icon, control panel, or via the power plan assistant.
Switch the power plans automatically: to ‘Power Saver’ (to preventively save the energy if the battery level goes low), to ‘High Performance’ (on plugging in) and to ‘Balanced’ (on plugging out). As shown on the screenshot above, every Power Plan Assistant’s setting is user-configurable, i.e. user can enable or disable it,
either permanently or for a current session only. Even the balloon messages and the notification icon appearance/behavior can be customized.
The Power Plan Assistant is donationware, meaning that the author asks the users to make a voluntary donation to help support future development of the application and to receive a serial number which allows the application to be registered. Unfortunately, without registration, builds will expire every week, meaning that the user will have to reinstall the application on a weekly basis unless they “donate” to the author. However, if you’re willing to settle for the inconvenience of reinstalling it every week, the application is completely free.
The donation page can be found here.