Windows 10 no longer shows the calculated battery life remaining after the creator update. You only see a percentage when hovering over the battery icon – not a time. Although it has its features, you can still see it.
Why Microsoft hides battery life?
This information was removed because it is just an estimate. It can change dramatically depending on which processes are running, how bright the screen is and whether you are connected to Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Your computer makes an informed guess and shows estimated battery life in real time. It can fluctuate wildly, and Microsoft seems to think it is no longer useful.
Apple recently made the same decision on MacOS as well. By default, both MacOS and Windows only show the percentage of your laptop's battery you have left without guessing how long it will last.
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How to take back the battery life
To restore the battery life in Windows 10, you just need to make some changes to the Windows registry.
] Default Warning: The Registry Editor is a powerful tool and abuses it can make the system unstable or even unusable. This is a fairly simple hack, and as long as you stick to the instructions, you should have no problems. Having said that, if you've never worked with it before, consider reading about using the Registry Editor before you begin.
Open the Registry Editor by pressing Start and type "
regedit ." Press Enter to open the registry and then allow it to make changes to your computer.
In the Editor registry, use the left sidebar to navigate to the following key. You can also copy and paste it into the Address bar of Registry Editor.
Computer HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SYSTEM CurrentControlSet Control Power
Once here we will find and delete some records:
Right-click the value
EnergyEstimationDisabled in the right pane, select "Delete" and click "Yes" to confirm. Repeat the same process for the value
Power button in the left pane and select New> DWORD Value (32-bit).
Name your new value
Double-click the new value, make sure the "Value data" field is set to 1 and click "OK".
That's all there is to It. Close the Registry Editor and restart the computer. Once you have restarted, you will see a calculated time remaining while sweeping the mouse pointer over the battery icon in the notification area, also known as the system tray.
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If you don't like to dive into the registry yourself, we have created a registry hack that you can use. Just download and extract the following ZIP file :
Enable Battery Icon Time Remaining Hack
Inside you will find a REG file to allow the battery to remain when holding the mouse pointer over the battery icon. Double click on the file you want and remove the instructions if you are sure you want to make changes to your registry.
This hack removes
UserBatteryDischargeEstimator ] values and then add
EnergyEstimationEnabled DWORD we talked about in the previous section. Running hack changes the values of your Windows registry. The second hack disables this feature and restores everything back to the way it was before, adding
UserBatteryDischargeEstimator values back to your registry and deleting
EnergyEstimationEnsabled ]. If you like to fish with the registry, it is worth taking the time to learn how to create your own registry picks.
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