Windows 10 users have been complaining about battery life issues since the OS was first released back in 2015. Microsoft is constantly working to add new features to improve battery life in Windows 10.
The company is now experimenting with a new approach to reduce power consumption in Windows 10. A Reddit user spotted a new option in the power management settings recently introduced in Windows 10. The option allows you to tweak the power consumption settings of your processor.
According to the user, the feature allows you to manually adjust the amount of power consumed in the plugged in or unplugged state.
“Two days ago I noticed a new option in the power management settings that allows us to lower the amount of power used by the processor when it’s plugged and when it’s unplugged on my HP Pavilion. I chose 35W when unplugged and 45W when plugged.”
Solution To Prevent Overheating Problems
Moreover, you can also prioritise a couple of options to prevent your system from overheating. More specifically, if your PC starts heating up, Windows 10 will either automatically reduce the energy consumption or switch on the fan of your system. The user further confirmed that the new settings didn’t result in performance degradation.
However, it seems like Microsoft is gradually rolling out the functionality. For now, these options are only available to a subset of Windows 10 users with specific Intel processors. There are some other reports that the recent cumulative update generally increased the battery life.
“Battery life has gotten much better with the new cumulative update! I get around 7-8 hours of battery life on my 3 year old HP Pavilion (specs: 8th gen i5, FHD 14″, Running on High performance mode, battery saver active at 20%, brightness around 80%).”
You can check the details of your overall battery consumption by typing powercfg /batteryreport in the command prompt. This command will generate a detailed battery life report for your system.
Microsoft is gearing up for the release of November 2019 Update. The company plans to push a bunch of changes and power efficiency improvements in the upcoming release. If you are running Windows 10 May 2019 Update, you should be able to download it as a regular monthly update.