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Konstantinos Tsoukalas

Konstantinos is the founder and administrator of Wintips.org. Since 1995 he works and provides IT support as a computer and network expert to individuals and large companies. He is specialized in solving problems related to Windows or other Microsoft products (Windows Server, Office, Microsoft 365, etc.).

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  1. Bernald
    December 30, 2021 @ 10:25 pm

    So, I had this issue on an old Toshiba C45-A (latin model, not in the US) and ended up testing the values on the regedit thingy, I took me a minute to realize it modifies or disables (number 4 does that) Windows services.

    I tried number 1 instead of 3 or 4, and it works fine now for me, old i3-3110M was at 1.2GHz and changing it to 1 and a reboot, voila, came back to normal.

    Maybe after sooo many years this will work for anyone.

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  2. David Musoke
    November 19, 2021 @ 6:25 am

    Option 4 locked my CPU at a constant 100% load, though at the correct 2.1GHz speed. The system still was sluggish due to this high load. Ended up using the ThrottleStop application, which is a Godsend, so after 3+ hours of trying to figure out why my internet is so slow (even called up Comcast to let them know they have a problem, lol) and my computer so sluggish, I'm finally back to normal.

    My laptop CPU is always pegged at 2.1GHz but that's ok since it's a temporary loaner that I plan to return once my new monster PC (i9-12900K, RTX3080, 64GB Ram) arrives in less than 2 weeks.

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  3. Maxwel Khadambi
    October 14, 2021 @ 9:43 am

    Method 4 did it (Dell latitude E5440 core i5)

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  4. RudiRadlos
    September 20, 2021 @ 3:48 pm

    I had same problem CPU running at about 25% of full seed frequency.
    Tried setting power options as described without success.

    This hapernde to me when I disconnected / connected my notebook to a docking station.

    Solution for me
    – in parallel to the docking station, plugin power supply directly to the notebook.
    – CUP speed increased directly to max frequency.
    – When I disconnected power supply from notebook, the, for a short time CPU frequency decreased again to about 25% but a tick after raised again to full speed.

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  5. Adriano Bini
    December 18, 2020 @ 6:26 pm

    Thank you so much for the article!

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  6. hatim
    September 28, 2020 @ 5:49 pm

    In the bios settings I disabled intel speed stepping and that fixed the problem for me

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  7. Anjit Maharjan
    September 12, 2020 @ 3:08 pm

    Method 4. Disable the 'intelppm" service from Registry.
    Worked for me.
    Thanks TEAM

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  8. Chayon
    July 12, 2020 @ 12:42 pm

    It seems like everyone got a solution at no. 4. But ai tried the same thing, it didn't work…. my laptop works fine for a minute or so, then, th cpu clock, gpu clock and ram clock everything gets down to 1600, 400, 200 MHz. It happens when I play games. Ryzen 7 2700U Apu

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    • lakonst
      July 14, 2020 @ 6:55 pm

      Re-check the article. I updated it with one more method to fix the issue.

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  9. NYC HDL
    November 2, 2019 @ 7:12 pm

    My 2.80 GHz CPU was running at just 0.35 GHz… I tried Methods 1 & 2 without success, then I read the comments and noted a number of people reported that Method #4 worked.

    I tried #4, but it didn't help, either, so I searched some more, and found a forum that stated an under-charged battery could cause this. I shut down the PC, removed the battery and powered it with only the A/C power cord. I restarted the PC, and VOILA! It is now running at 3.0 GHz or higher…

    The battery was fully charged, BTW, so now I need to figure out why it had this effect.

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    • Infiniti
      November 6, 2019 @ 6:38 pm

      I had a similar problem. My laptop battery had passed it's service life and was no longer holding much charge. After Windows 10 1903 update I faced many performance issues and noticed the cpu speed was forcibly slower. I eventually mangaged to bypass this by setting the Start value in the registey to 4 (disable power management) which cpu then ran at max speed. I have since replaced the battery, resetting the Start value to 1 and all is back to normal. I suspect that the old battery's electronics could no longer operate correctly with windows and the power management dropped the performance, possibly to protect the laptop, my guess. All's well with new battery.

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  10. JESUS
    October 13, 2019 @ 9:32 am

    number 4 works thaNKS

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  11. Lucas
    October 1, 2019 @ 7:46 pm

    Thanks, method 4 fixed trhe problem.

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  12. XC XC
    September 17, 2019 @ 3:34 pm

    Great Help! Method4 works

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  13. Jawhar
    September 15, 2019 @ 5:39 pm

    Thanks ,I used m4 , I have i7 7500 and now it's running @2.9Ghz . but the problem its not using turbo boost ( i guess that's what they call it) since it's capable of reaching 3,5Ghz any idea how to unlock full potential??

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    • lakonst
      September 16, 2019 @ 8:49 am

      @Jawhar: 1. If you own a DELL laptop make sure that you're using an original DELL AC adapter. 2. Enable the 'Intel Turbo Boost Technology' in BIOS settings.

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  14. QC
    August 31, 2019 @ 1:26 pm

    My PC was going down to 0.50Ghz after updating to 1903 but method 4 worked well… thanks a lot

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  15. John Armstrong
    August 28, 2019 @ 7:43 am

    All methods tried, but only Method 4 made a difference. A variation worth trying is as follows. Setting the Start value of intelppm to 4, as in the instructions, caused my cpu to run at full speed (2.3GHz) at all times. I tried other Start values, the best being a value of 1. Now my cpu runs at 2.3GHz when needed, and drops down to lower speeds when it can. This probably allows cooler running of the machine, less fan noise, etc, so that's how I will leave it.

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    • Khizar Ali Khan
      November 14, 2020 @ 3:27 pm

      i had the same experience. Setting Value to 1 is i believe the best solution

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  16. tbaggervance
    August 25, 2019 @ 7:55 pm

    This issue was complete aggravation for the entire weekend for me after going to Win 10 1903. Finally tried method 4 and it worked. Thanks!!!!

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  17. KOBBY
    August 23, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

    Method 1 worked for me. Thanks

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  18. Vic Road
    August 18, 2019 @ 4:03 pm

    Method 4, Perfect thanks and no it doesn't run constantly at full load, if it does you have additional problems. If you also used method 2 don't forget to re-enable normal startup afterwards …. A tip for slow laptop users – Cortana is a cpu hog, if you don't use it then disable it in the registry (google it).

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  19. Rhumaz
    August 2, 2019 @ 6:32 pm

    Method 4 ty so much !! i try everything no result until now love you guys! god bless

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  20. Josue
    June 28, 2019 @ 4:51 am

    the last method worked

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  21. Henry
    June 27, 2019 @ 6:29 pm

    Henry
    Method 4 worked, finally!! Thank You very much.

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  22. Roiikka
    June 23, 2019 @ 3:41 am

    Thanks, man. Method 4 seems to still be working on the May 2019 Windows 10 update

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  23. Neal
    June 16, 2019 @ 3:24 am

    Not really a solution. It did fix the CPU clock in Task manager->Performance->CPU but it did not actually solve my issue. I used CPUID HWMonitor and it still shows my CPU clock rate at 800 MHz.

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  24. Kd
    May 4, 2019 @ 8:41 pm

    Thanks method 4 worked for me

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  25. Jeff Armstrong
    May 3, 2019 @ 12:18 am

    My 2.8 GHz computer was running at 0.39 GHz, about 14% of it's capacity. After disabling the intelppm service via the registry, my CPU is now running at 2.8 GHz again.

    Thanks!

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  26. Paryanto
    April 25, 2019 @ 12:05 pm

    method 4 work for me tanks, now i can enjoy play games

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  27. J van Ingen
    April 3, 2019 @ 11:02 pm

    Method 4 works for me too; thank you very much.

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  28. ismail
    April 3, 2019 @ 10:33 am

    Thanks Method 4 worked for me

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  29. John R Morales
    March 28, 2019 @ 10:29 am

    Method 4 worked

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  30. Jiss abraham
    March 25, 2019 @ 7:59 am

    Method 1 worked for me. Thanks

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  31. Rodrigo
    February 23, 2019 @ 8:11 pm

    Changing the registry setting to 4, worked like a charm. Using a Lenovo ThinkPad T430 Intel i5 3320m. Processor used to be at 46% of its capacity, now it reaches 100% when necessary. Thank you.

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  32. Enggar
    February 2, 2019 @ 1:43 pm

    Method 4 work for me thanks, also it did not lock my cpu usage to 100%, thats great

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  33. Ionel
    October 18, 2018 @ 11:41 am

    It happens sometime after a Windows Update. Just update driver for each processor from Device Manager\processor.

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  34. Cs
    September 27, 2018 @ 9:51 am

    Method 4 locks CPU in constant 100%. Not really a solution unless you don't love your pc.

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  35. Simon Gorton
    September 2, 2018 @ 8:55 pm

    Method 4 did it for me thank you so much. My anger is down by 90% cheers

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