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Is there something equaivalent to Linux's PowerTOP for windows?

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closed as off topic by Sathya Feb 8 '13 at 12:48

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For anyone who ends up at this page because it's the first result on Google when searching for "powertop for windows", an equivalent is 'powercfg -energy' which monitors your systems power consumption over 60 seconds and then generates a report on what is consuming power and how to improve your system's power consumption profile. – CadentOrange Apr 15 '13 at 11:50

From an Intel page on Energy Efficiency Guidelines:

Note: I haven't tested any of this, but it should give you an idea of what you could use.


A range of tools are available addressing power related frameworks, optimizations and measurements.

Perfmon (Windows* XP and Windows Vista*)

Perfmon can be used to assist optimizations, monitoring results of tuning and configuration scenarios, and the understanding of a workload and its effect on resource usage to identify bottlenecks.

PwrTest/Windows Driver Kit (Windows* XP & Windows Vista*)

The Power Management Test Tool enables developers, testers, and system integrators to exercise and record power management information from the platform. PwrTest can be used to automate sleep and resume transitions and record processor power management and battery information from the platform over a period of time.

Windows Event Viewer/Event Log (Windows* XP & Windows Vista*) Windows Event Viewer/Log provides a centralized log service to report events that have taken place, such as a failure to start a component or to complete an action. For instance the tool can be used to capture “timer tick” change events which have an indirect effect on platform energy efficiency.

Windows ETW (Windows* XP & Windows Vista*) Event Tracing for Windows (ETW) provides application programmers the ability to start and stop event tracing sessions, instrumenting an application to provide trace events, and consume trace events. You can use the events to debug an application and perform capacity and performance analysis.

PowerInformer (Windows* XP & Windows Vista*) PowerInformer provides relevant and condensed platform power information to the developer, including for instance battery status, C and P state residency, interrupt rate and disk/file IO rates.

Intel Application Energy Toolkit (Windows* XP & Windows Vista*, Linux, Mac) Application Energy Toolkit is a set of tools designed to help software developer and quality assurance teams to create and evaluate software applications for power awareness.

  1. Power Status Simulator simulates a battery-operated environment for an application running on a platform that is AC powered.
  2. Application Energy Graphing Tool is an interactive tool that can measure the battery power consumption of an application over time, log and graph the resulting data.
  3. Application Energy Command Line Tool automates the process of determining the total power consumption and net power consumption of an application running on a battery-operated platform.
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Yes there certainly is. It is called process explorer and it gives you all of the equivalent info in a GUI.

Now if you are looking for a command line tool, here are a couple more suggestions. You can download a build of top that has been compiled for windows or you can install cygwin on your system. There is a command line switch within cygwin to include windows processes.

Have you tried to run Power Top in a Cygwin shell? You can always recompile it with GCC if there is not a cygwin distro or it needs some tweaking.

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Did you actually bother to look up what this application does? Or even noticed the "power-management" tag on the question? – shoosh Jul 28 '09 at 11:17
No reason to downvote him. No sysinternals won't help you find out how much power they are consuming, but it does let you trasck how much resources they are using. I assume resources equal consumption to some extent. For the rest I don't even think such an application exists – Ivo Flipse Jul 28 '09 at 12:13
The Windows Performance Monitor (Perfmon) is one of the most powerful, yet most underutilized features of the Windows operating system. Perfmon is widely used by the performance benchmarking community, who rely on the tool daily to identify system-level and application-level performance issues. Most end users, however, either ignore the tool completely or fail to make full use of its tremendous potential. IT professionals often fail to realize the full value Perfmon can add by enabling them to perform advanced performance monitoring and analysis of their Windows infrastructures. – Ivo Flipse Jul 28 '09 at 12:27
I did not realize the purpose was to track power usage. I did go to the website and it appeared to me as the standard TOP utility. Would be nice if sysinternals had a way to do that with process explorer. Might even be cool to have a way to keep power consumption history metrics per process. – Axxmasterr Jul 28 '09 at 13:11

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