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Fix: Laptop Battery running out quickly, Increase / optimize your battery life in Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, XP

After reading this you will be able to fix some of the issues that might be affecting your laptop /notebook /netbook battery life. Battery life depends on a number of factors that includes selection of proper power plan, screen brightness, background programs, external devices, processor minimal power state & a few more.

This guide includes a few steps to optimize your portable computer to provide you with better battery life.

The First thing for Windows 7 and earlier version operating system users should do is that they should run the Microsoft Fix It tool: Click the image below:

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After Running Microsoft Fix It try the steps below:

  • Make sure all the USB powered devices that you don’t need are unplugged or set the devices to be turned off to save power, to do this follow :
  • Go to Device Manager ( Control Panel )
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  • Click on Universal Serial Bus Controllers
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  • Right Click USB Root Hub & go to Properties
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  • Make Sure the first option is checked
  • Repeat for all USB Root Hubs in Device Manager
  • Power Saving When Using Conventional Hard Disk Drives
  • If you are using the conventional Mechanical Hard Disk Drives you should disable “ Turn Off Hard disk “ Option in Power Options
  • To open power options
  • Go to Control Panel –> Power Options
  • Maintenance operation schedule
  • Windows XP users should Defrag their hard disk drives at regular intervals.
  • Windows 8, 7 & Vista users should check Maintenance options ( Action Center in Control Panel ) & make sure everything is running on schedule.
  • Sounds
  • For better Battery life you can disable sound scheme for Windows
  • Control panel –> Sound
  • Drivers
  • Make sure your computer has all the latest device drivers installed.
  • To update either run Windows Update or Visit your computer manufacturer’s website to get the updated Device drivers
  • Make sure Power Management driver is installed
  • Always use Balanced Power Plan
  • Opt for Power Saver power plan when you are running out of battery and want that extra kick
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Windows 7

FIX: Laptop Charger Plugged in, not charging : Windows

After Reading this you will be able to fix the issue, when your laptop/netbook or portable Windows machine does not charge your battery even when your charger is plugged in. Your battery continues to discharge or goes to a neutral state ( nor charging, nor discharging ).

Possible Causes

  • Faulty Battery
  • Faulty Charger
  • Problem with a driver within Windows.( Go to end of this page )

Resolution

The First Basic step

Remove your battery by following the documentation that came with your computer. Make sure you properly know how to remove and reinsert the battery before proceeding ahead with this operation. Check if the problem gets solved. If not, try :

Check your Charger

Make sure that your charger is working fine. Check for symptoms like burning smell or overheating charger.

Checking Battery Health

The First thing you should try is make sure your battery is in a healthy state. Follow this guide here to check if your battery is in a healthy state(CLICK HERE).

Alternatively, if you portable computer came with a power manager installed. You search for an option there to check if you battery is healthy.

Resetting your battery

This feature is available in most of the power manager software available with your laptop/netbook/ultra portable. I personally have tried the reset feature in Lenovo power manager & it works like a charm. You can check your power manager software for similar feature.

Replacing your battery

If you are sure after following the battery health report and after resetting the battery that you have a faulty battery. Take your Computer to either a Authorized Service Center of your system Manufacturer or order a replacement battery from your Computer manufacturer’s support site.

The Final Step

  • Go to Device Manager by typing Device manager in the start menu search box & open it from the list that appears in result window
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  • Within Device Manager
  • expand the battery section
  • Right click Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery
  • Click on Uninstall
  • Restart your computer
  • Windows Will reinstall the driver automatically
  • Done.