Support for Windows 7 has officially endedwhich means it's time to upgrade to Windows 10 to keep the old PC runs smoothly and safely.
You canbut even then you may still experience a hiccup. After installing a previous Windows update, for example, my laptop's battery stopped charging. My laptop showed that it was connected, but then it would say that it was not charged. Argh!
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Thankfully, I found this problem was not uncommon and would sometimes occur after a Windows update. And thankfully, it was a simple fix. I haven't been able to replicate it since it happened two years ago, but Device Manager in Windows 10 hasn't changed since then, so my fix is worth trying if you run into this problem. This is how I got my laptop's battery charged when connected.
Connected, do not charge
If your laptop refuses to charge the battery even if it confirms it is connected, here's what you need to do:
- Open the device manager by searching for it or right-clicking the start button and selecting Device Manager .
- Click Batteries on the list to extend it and you should see two items: Microsoft AC Adapter and Microsoft ACPI Compatible Control Method Battery.
- Right-click on each item and select Uninstall Device . Yes, you uninstall the laptop's battery drivers, but don't worry because they will be automatically reinstalled when you restart your laptop.
- Turn off your laptop.
- Disconnect the power cord from your laptop.
- If your laptop has a removable battery, remove it. My Lenovo laptop does not have a removable battery. I tried to skip this step but it didn't work, so I removed the lower panel of my laptop and then removed the battery by unplugging it from the motherboard.
- Replace the battery if you removed it.
- Plug in your laptop.
- Turn on your laptop.
- Click the battery icon in the system tray to see that your laptop is connected and charging.
By reinstalling my Lenovo laptop battery drivers and unplugging the battery and then reconnecting it, I got my laptop battery back into charge when connected. With differences in manufacturer, your mileage may vary. If you came across this connected problem and did not find a solution different from mine, describe your method in the comments below.
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Originally published May 22, 2018.