Battery Health Windows

Had a remote user complain that his laptop’s battery was only lasting “about 5 minutes” before it would either shutdown or he’d have to plug it in. The laptop was 3 years old, but the battery had already been replaced ~6 months ago.

It’s at this point that I’d like to push my own thinking. This user had received a new-to-him laptop as the first member of his team to be upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10. If you’re familiar with Dell products, he upgraded from a 7480 to a 7490 laptop. If you’re also familiar with how office politics goes, as soon as one person on a team has something new/shiny, the others want it too. Well this PoC upgrade process (he was part of a pilot group) went well. Fast forward 6 months and the rest of his team is receiving 7400 laptops and he feels like he’s missing out (total conjecture) as part of their windows 10 upgrade process.

Anyway, you can run the battery report remotely assuming they’re somehow connected to the network – usually via a VPN or directly on the network.

  • Run Powershell as an Administrator
    • windows key + x, Windows Powershell (Admin)
  • powercfg /batteryreport /output "C:\temp\battery-report.html"
  • Open the battery-report.html in any browser

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