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How To Fix Your Laptop Fan Always On

A laptop fan is an important component of the laptop cooling system. When the temperature of the laptop rises, the fan will start to rotate. However, if the laptop does not run any software at all, and your laptop fan is always on, that may be caused by the system setup. Here’s how to fix a laptop fan constantly running all the time.

Method 1. Change system settings

Below I take win10 as an example to set up a laptop power management plan to reduce cooling fan speed and noise.
1. Windows 10 : Go to Start > Settings > System > Power & Sleep > Additional power settings additional powe settings

2. Click “Change plan settings” in the pop-up window.change plan settings

3. Click “Change advanced power settings” in the pop-up window.Change advanced power settings

4. Click “processor power management”, and click “System cooling policy” in the drop-down menu, then click “Active”, change the “active” to “Passive”, and Click OK.

The setup is complete now. Then the fan will run as needed instead of running all the time.

Also Read: How to Clean a Laptop Fan and Heatsink

Also Read: How to Fix Laptop Fan Making Loud Noise

Method 2. Clean the laptop fan

If your “system cooling policy” has been changed to passive and you have not run large software, and the laptop fan constantly running all the time, you may need to clean the laptop fan because the fan and heat sink are dusty, and its heat dissipation performance is reduced.

At this point, you will need to remove the bottom cover of the laptop, remove the laptop fan and heat sink, and use a brush to clean the dust on the fan and heatsink fins. You need to remove the old thermal grease from the CPU, GPU, and heatsink, then apply the new thermal grease to the CPU and GPU to improve thermal conductivity. Visit laptop fan cleaning guidelines to learn how to clean your cooling fan, and you can also get a new CPU fan from the parts store.

David Tian

David is the editor @ MyFixGuide. He loves technology, especially good at laptops and mobile phones. In his free time, he loves to take apart the latest mobile phones and laptops.

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  1. (Worked for me)

    I just wanted to sincerely thank you for such a concise and helpful guide! I dread looking up seemingly smaller issues like this because of all the fodder I usually have to sift through just to find some simple guidance.

    Anyways, appreciated more than you know! Thanks again.

    1. I didn’t see it either at first. Read it again to make sure you’re not missing something. I don’t have “Balance (recommended)” but I do have “Dell (Automatically balances)”. Maybe the wording is a little different on your laptop.

    2. Launch your registry editor and navigate to \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\PowerSettings.

      If you expand all of the sub-folders, click on any one of them, and you’ll see a “Description” and a “Friendly Name” that describe which advanced power setting option they control. Scroll through, read those descriptions, and find the settings that you want to be able to control in advanced power settings.

      For each of these, find the “Attributes” REG_DWORD file and change its value to the number 2. That setting will now show up in and can be controlled from your advanced power settings.

      If you come across a setting that lacks the “Attributes” file, just create a new DWORD file called “Attributes” in that folder, set the value to 2, and it’ll likewise show up in your advanced power settings.

      It’s a bit tedious to scroll through ~100 options, but I was able to fully-customize my advanced power settings interface in about 30 minutes.

  2. Thank you for this. I’ve only had this laptop for a few weeks and didn’t even know how to boot it. I was streaming video, then turned the laptop off and put it in my pack. An hour later, I heard the fan running inside the pack and couldn’t turn it off, or the machine on. Your posting helped a lot. Cheers.

  3. When I open the advanced power settings panel, the only options I see are desktop background settings, sleep, display, and battery. Other than that it looks like the exact same panel, and I reached it by going through the exact same steps. Am I missing something?

  4. None of these worked for me. I even changed the thermal grease. The CPU fan still runs loud and all the time.

    1. This guide only applies to windows10, if your system is not Windows10, you may not find the options in the guide.

  5. I’ve set the cooling policy to passive, I’ve left the fan cleaner than a surgical ward, I’ve disabled every possible process that won’t crash my computer, I’ve uninstalled unnecessary apps, I’ve disabled ALL background applications, I’ve disabled windows update settings, I’ve tried Speedfan, and in my insanity, I even held a plastic iceblock under the vent for a prolonged period of time and the fan STILL…WON’T…STOP…
    I’ve looked through countless guides, and tried what seems like everything. I’m running windows 10. I don’t know what else to do…

  6. I have Windows 10 but can’t get past step 3. Step 4 requires finding “processor power management” and there is no such option. I even used the search function to try to find it in the control panel anywhere. It came up empty.

    1. I found a solution on my own:
      — right click on the task bar
      — click on “task manager”
      — find which app is using a lot of CPU power and click on it
      — then click on “end task” in lower right hand corner
      The fan on my laptop finally stopped after running constantly for several days, and the computer isn’t hot anymore. Turns out is was the Lenovo Vantage app running constantly in the background using a lot of power.

  7. as always none of these settings work…..the freaking suctions at hp have made it that any power management settings get totally ignored….the fan comes on regardless!

  8. agree that. HP no help whatsoever. Disabled anything I can without crashing laptop. Sounds like plane readying to take off. HP need to provide some answers.

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