The scenario here covers managing power on Windows XP client computers using Group Policy Preferences. Let’s cover how Windows XP manages power before we cover Group Policy Preferences Power Management. “Windows XP only has one active power scheme for entire computer, based on current or previously logged on user (user-based only). Means power scheme can change as each user logs on. Also, it means that last logged on user’s power settings’re settings that remain once user logs off. And yes, each user has its own power configuration; however, entire operating system only has one active power scheme. A recently started computer at logon prompt makes power configuration from .DEFAULT profile the active power profile. User X logs on to same computer, active power profile is now read from user X’s user profile.
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