FIX: CPU Not Running at Full Speed in Windows 10.

Last updated on April 24th, 2018

A few days ago, I upgraded one more laptop from Windows 7 to Windows 10. After the OS upgrade, I proceeded – as I always do – to test the laptop's performance using the AIDA64 stressing tool. But, when I ran the AIDA64 CPU stress test tool, I found that the CPU was not running at full speed in Windows 10, while in Windows 7 it was working at maximum speed.


CPU Not Running at Full Speed in Windows 10


In this tutorial you 'll find detailed instructions to resolve the CPU low speed issue in Windows 10 OS.

How to fix: Windows 10 Not Running at Full CPU Speed.

Important: Before you continue to the methods below, first install all available Windows updates and then check if the problem persists.


Method 1. Set the CPU Performance to Maximum.
Method 2. Perform a Clean Boot.
Method 3. Update or Disable the Intel Power Management Driver.
Method 4. Disable the 'intelppm" service from Registry.


Method 1. Set the CPU Power Options to Maximum.

The first method to resolve the low CPU speed in Windows 10, is to set the processor performance state to maximum. To do that:

1. At the search box type control panel and press Enter.

control panel

2. Change the View By (at the up right) to Small icons and then click Power Options.

control panel options


3. Click Change Plan Settings.

change power settings


4. Click Change Advanced power settings.

change advanced power settings


5. At 'Processor power management' options, set in Maximum processor state to 100% and click OK.

maximum processor state


6. Then expand the System cooling policy settings and make sure that is set to Active, in order to avoid overheating.

system cooling policy

7. Now check your CPU Speed, and if the problem persists continue to next method.


Method 2. Perform a Clean Boot.

The next method to troubleshoot CPU performance problems, is to start Windows 10 in a Clean Boot State. To do that:

1. Simultaneously press the Windows image + R  keys to open the ‘Run‘ command box.
2. In run command box, type msconfig press Enter to open the System Configuration utility.




3. At Services tab, check the Hide all Microsoft services checkbox.



4. Then press the Disable all button, to disable all non Windows services that start with Windows. *

* Note: If you own a Samsung laptop then just disable the 'Easy Launcher' service and skip the rest steps.



5. Then select the Startup tab and click Open Task Manager.



6. Select one by one all startup items and click Disable.
7. Finally click OK and restart your computer.
8. Check if the CPU is working at full speed now. If the speed is normal, then open the System Configuration (msconfig) utility again and enable one by one the disabled services and programs and restart your system, until you find out which one cause the CPU to work with low speed.


Method 3. Update or Disable the Intel Power Management Driver.

The Intel Power Management, manages the power consumption on Intel processor based computers, but sometimes prevents the CPU to run at full speed when needed. To fix this issue:

1. Download and install the latest 'Intel Power Management' * driver, from your laptop's manufacturer support site.

* Note: If you own an AMD based laptop, then skip this step.

2. After installation, test the CPU performance again. If the problem persists, then proceed and disable the Intel Power Management driver, by following the instructions below:

1. Hold down the SHIFT key and go to Power image and click Restart.

shift restart


2. After restart, go to Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Command Prompt.




3. Type the following command to navigate to "C:\Windows\System32\drivers" folder and press Enter:

      • cd drivers

4. Then give the following command and press Enter:

      • ren intelppm.sys intelppm.sys.bak



5. Type exit to close command prompt and then restart your computer (Exit and Continue to Windows 10).


Method 4. Disable the 'intelppm" service from Registry.

The next method, to fix the "CPU Not Running at Full Speed in Windows 10" issue, is to prevent the "intelppm" service to start, using registry. To do that:

1. Simultaneously press the Windows image + R  keys to open the ‘Run‘ command box.
2. In run command box, type regedit press Enter to open the Registry Editor.

Enable Access to 16-bit Applications


3. At the left pane, navigate to the following registry key:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\intelppm

4. At the right pane:

a. Double click at 'Start' key.
c. Modify the value data to '4'
c. Click OK.



5. Close registry editor and restart your computer.

That's it! Which method worked for you?
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