When using Laptops, the battery is essential about which everyone worries. That’s the reason Windows 10 automatically switches to the power-saving mode when it runs on the battery. Today, let’s look at an inbuilt tool in Windows, PowerCfg, which generates an efficiency report along with warnings and errors to help you understand what is consuming your battery. It will help you find out which app or software is draining more battery on Windows 10 Laptop.
Find which App or Software is draining more Battery on Windows 10 Laptop
Just before you start, the generated report is hefty, i.e., outputs a lot of technical details. You will need a lot of time for actual analysis. Also, this tool has been there since Windows 7. Follow these steps:
- Type CMD on your Start Search, and when Command Prompt icon appears, right-click, and select “Run as Administrator.”
- Next type in powercfg /ENERGY to generate the report. It will take around 60 seconds or so, and in the end, a message from the command prompt will tell you where the report is generated.
- Copy and paste in the browser, and it will open it up. It’s an HTML file, so it works on any browser.
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The report tells you what is causing the power drain for your laptop. So for the best result, make sure to run it when you are on battery. The HTML file is colorful and displays errors and warnings.
How to Analyze the Battery Report in Windows 10
The reason for the battery drain can be a setting or a driver or an application or software. To pinpoint who is culprit, you need to analyze the report.
So, for example, if your Laptop does not have Sleep Mode enabled, it will tell you that. Sleep mode is fundamental because it keeps you away from turning off your laptop every time you want to take a break, and uses a lot less power. This tool does support Sleep Report, which was introduced the Windows 8.1X system last year.
You can use Sleep Study to see which apps and devices are most active during a sleep session. Sleep Study reviews all the sleep sessions longer than 10 minutes and provides you with a report that color codes each session according to its power consumption.
A session is defined as the period from Screen Off to Screen On. In cases when the system is plugged into AC power, the policies are less stringent than when on battery power. While the tool still tracks connected standby activity on AC power, it is more useful to identify unexpected drains on battery, or DC power.
You will also see an indication of a few settings or apps or drivers which have been
- not being used
- and still consuming a lot of power.
Each Error and Warning will have a percentage next to it, which will tell how much impact its making on the battery. That said, this is a great tool, but it’s not very consumer-friendly. You will have to spend time with it to get the real benefit.