Using the Idle Mode in Windows® 7
How to use the Idle Mode on a Windows 7 based system to increase the battery life?
Idle Mode is a critical step to be taken to increase the overall battery life of a Windows 7 based system. It reduces the system's power consumption and also reduces base power consumption. It does so by reducing all end-user workloads and scenarios, from DVD playback to office productivity. This can be done by enabling the hardware to go into its lower power states during long periods of inactivity. Energy consumption by resources like processors, hard disks and memory of the system are also managed to increase the battery life. Thus, you need not charge the battery frequently as the battery charge remains for a long time. The Idle Mode in Windows 7 reduces the background activities of the system and aligns them to get executed at the same time, to keep the processor idle for a long time. It also defers non-critical background activities when the system is on battery power. This is done to help to increase the battery life of the system.
There are a number of steps to increase the battery life of a Windows 7 based system. These steps are:
- Look at the charge of the battery
- Check the connections
- Keep away from the main power
Look at the charge of the battery
One of the initial steps to save the battery life of a Windows 7 based PC is to look at the charge of the battery at frequent intervals. It is required to always keep your system battery at about 40% of full charge. It is not good to charge the battery completely or to give 100% charge to the battery as this could lower the battery life of the system. It is also important to check if the battery is discharged completely. It is good to keep the battery charge in between 30% to 90%.
Check the connections
Another step to save the battery life of a Windows 7 based system is to check the connections with the battery. It is important to check the outside appearance of the battery to ascertain that the battery is not covered with dust or dirt. Any leakage in the battery as well as the connections might lead to loss of charge. You need to check if the battery is connected properly to the system and these cables are not broken or frayed. It is also required to tighten all the connections to the proper specification to have a good contact with the terminals.
Keep away from the main power
To charge the battery of your Windows 7 based system, you need to connect it to the main power through an AC adapter. But you need to be aware of the contact between the main power and the battery to increase battery life. You need to check that the battery is disconnected from the main power after it has been charged completely. If the system is used at your home or office using the power supply, then it is good to remove the battery from the system and make the system work with the main power only.
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