MSFT Investigating Windows 7 Battery Problems

Users on Microsoft forums have been complaining that after installing Windows 7, their battery life has decreased significantly and in some cases is suggesting they actually replace their battery.

Threads relating to the issue have been active since before Windows 7 went to general release. Folks running the Windows 7 RC began posting in June 2009 and the threads are still active today.

ComputerWorld cites a Microsoft spokesperson who yesterday said the company was investigating the issue. "We are investigating this issue in conjunction with our hardware partners, which appears to be related to system firmware (BIOS)," the spokesperson said, referring to the firmware that boots the PC and initializes the hardware components. "The warning received in Windows 7 uses firmware information to determine if battery replacement is needed."

Worryingly, there seems to be a sizable number of forum posters who believe Windows 7 has permanently damaged their battery. They claim to have tried reverting to XP or Vista or charging their battery in another OS or when their machine is off but report no improvement.

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  • Shadow703793
    indian-artI think Ubuntu is way better.

    Sure, I'm all for pro Linux (esp. Fedora and open SUSE, imo Ubuntu is over rated). HOWEVER, MOST people DON'T know how to install, troubleshoot, upgrade,etc Linux systems. Not to mention that they don't wan to re-learn software that already works fine for them (ie Photoshop -> GIMP). Also don't even mention the inability of Linux to play recent games.
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  • zorky9
    If it's a BIOS issue, it doesn't matter what OS you're using.
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  • tenor77
    Software cannot kill your battery. It can mis-report the charge if not done properly. Li-Ion's are a finicky tech.
    Most people kill their batteries by treating them like NiMh or NiCads.

    They're right about one thing though. Once the batteries damaged, it's gone for good.
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  • indian-art
    I think Ubuntu is way better.
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  • Shadow703793
    indian-artI think Ubuntu is way better.

    Sure, I'm all for pro Linux (esp. Fedora and open SUSE, imo Ubuntu is over rated). HOWEVER, MOST people DON'T know how to install, troubleshoot, upgrade,etc Linux systems. Not to mention that they don't wan to re-learn software that already works fine for them (ie Photoshop -> GIMP). Also don't even mention the inability of Linux to play recent games.
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  • zorky9
    If it's a BIOS issue, it doesn't matter what OS you're using.
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