Consider replacing your battery: Solution

Written by: Oliver Krautscheid - Published: Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Are you getting the error message “Consider replacing your battery” in Windows 7 too often? Microsoft is already looking into the battery issues with Windows 7 and will soon provide a solution for the problem. In the meantime, you might want to try this temporary fix that will disable the error message.

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Consider replacing your battery: Windows 7 Fix

Windows 7 does not properly retrieve the battery status and therefore informs you way too early to replace your battery. This battery issue has been around since Windows 7 RC and is actually pretty annoying. Not until now, Microsoft has paid attention to it, although this is one of they key functions of a laptop.

Microsoft reported that the tool that is retrieving the battery status works flawlessly and they can’t explain why it is not working as it should. Many Windows 7 users say that sometimes their laptop even gets shutdown after 30 minutes, although they were using a completely refreshed battery. The Redmond-based company is now investigating this case with the help of 3rd-party developers.

It looks like most of the newer laptops like the Asus Eee PC 900 have this battery issue, while older laptops tend to have no problems at all. Could it be a problem with “modern” chipsets or batteries?

Temporary Fix/Solution

The temporary fix for the battery issue is to disable “Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery” in your device manager and you will no longer receive the annoying message “consider replacing your battery”. The disadvantage is that you will no longer be able to see when you run out of battery. If you know from experience that the battery would normally last xx hours, then I would simply install a timer gadget and set up an alert every xx hours. To do that, I recommend the Windows 7 Countdown gadget.

1. Step Open up the Control Panel:

Windows 7 Control Panel

2. Step Uncollapse “Batteries” and disable or uninstall “Microsoft ACPI Compliant Control Method Battery”/>

DIsable Microsoft ACPI Compliant Control Method Battery


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43 Responses to Consider replacing your battery: Solution

  1. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Bill Pack said:

    This is NOT a reporting error. Windows 7 has a serious flaw that is destroying many laptop batteries’ ability to hold a charge. The current buzz on the Internet is that a class-action lawsuit may be filed to force Microsoft to reimburse laptop owners for the damage to their batteries.

  2. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    KingMrBob said:

    I have officially solved this problem,

    1. Flip your laptop sideways in a smooth fashion (fast but not too fast) while the charger is plugged in

    (lift your laptop slightly in the air and hold the left side and push it upwards to the right direction and smoothly push it back and down)

    The errors and inconvenient messages will instantly dissapear!

    Try it yourself, maybe try more than once if it doesn’t work, I’m running a HP Pavillion and it fixed it.
    Enjoy :)

  3. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    vicky said:

    i am using compaq…just now at this moment my battery got also this sign “consider replacing battery”…just i switch in windows 7 my battery life shorten, and if i switch my laptop on sleep mode after 20 minutes it suddenly shot down, when i leave my laptop on when i am working on it, it suddenly shot down, especially when the weather is hot..it will only takes 10 minutes before my laptop suddenly shot down…unlike when my laptop was in vista, it takes 2 days long b4 i charge it..now…can anyone tell me…is my battery still ok?…or like the others, its totally useless now?…please answer me…this is unfair to all the costumers…if i remember b4 a product comes to the market the manufacturer must assure that it will not create any dissatisfaction to its costumers…and it already gone to so many test…how come these are the result…

  4. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    I also have a compaq (615) and their batteries don’t last very long. AMD CPU’s aren’t that good for mobile PC’s.

    You might need a new battery. Try not to completely use up your battery, try to charge it before it runs out of battery. And don’t plug in and out the cable too often..

    Other than that, did you contact the customer support? They probably know what to do if your battery dies over and over again.

  5. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    BillDBass said:

    Ok now battery isnt showing here i am runnin on ASUS X50N SERIES

  6. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    dai said:

    i’m have acer 2930z n have same problem
    i was used xp : batery can use 3 hour
    since i used win7 in the bottom right has message “considering replacing battery” and just used for half hour.

  7. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    Windows 7 probably consumes a bit more energy than XP, but it shouldn’t be that bad. How old is your battery? Also try to avoid “hot” places where your battery will get too hot too quickly.

    Sorry, can’t be of any help here. If you have already replaced your battery and there’s still a problem I would call the customer support.

  8. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Rob said:

    TO sOliver: go away your corporate shill!!! These batteries are designed through rigorous manufacturing processes to last more than 20 min. My wife’s laptop, a 2 yr. old Gateway, got this message when I changed from Vista to 7. 7 Is supposed to use less energy, less memory, less system resources, etc. Even if you revert back to vista, xp, whatever; it still destroys the battery. This is something in the code that is killing battery life. I don’t know if you work for Microsoft or not though; clearly you are wrong and are hawking some sort of product or service that relies on “customer support” out of Timbuktu India or wherever. Have you ever called these places yourself? If not just for the ridiculous hold times, consider that outrageous expense they charge for calls and support if you are out of warranty which always seems to be the case. Go away, Microsoft needs to FIX THIS F’ING issue and fast!!!!

  9. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    Rob, I am not defending anyone here, but don’t you think you would help yourself and others if you’d simply file a report over at support.microsoft.com (which is free), heck you can even ask some people over there and get a reply after a few minutes. It’s not unusual that a 2 year old battery will have to be replaced thou (2 years is a long time)

    I have had to call customer support a few times (product-key related issues) and I never had to wait very long.

    Also, where did you read that Windows 7 is supposed to use less energy, less memory, less system resources? A modern OS like Windows 7 will require more memory than XP, that’s for sure. Especially if you try to run Windows 7 64-bit you will need at least 2GB of memory (4GB is HIGHLY recommended).

    Anyway, I will let you know if there is an update on the battery issue. Thanks for reporting.

  10. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    suresh mandia said:

    i am using acer5738.when i was working in xp my baterry life was 3 hr bt after just 10 days of instaling windows 7 my battery performance has reduced drastically………….

  11. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    neetha said:

    Hi, I’m also getting the same message in my Dell Vostro 1510 laptop. I installed Windows 7 a month ago. Till then I was using XP. My battery is 1.5 yrs old. But it was working fine and still seems to be alright. So, should I replace the battery or just ignore the message?

  12. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Chris said:

    The problem is definately a reporting issue, windows 7 is not destroying the battery.

    I have been testing this for a month or so now after replacing my battery. Windows has been telling me from about a week after replacing that my battery was on it’s way out….

    I altered the power plan to never shut down and to continue running until it completely failed, this works a treat, my battery runs for around 3 hours until completely discharged, even though windows 7 told me after 10 minutes the battery was on 3% remaining.

    Thus I conclude it is a reporting issue that at somepoint I’m sure they will fix (or the manufacturer will issue a new BIOS). It is very annoying as I have to estimate when it is about to run out, although when only browsing the web it isn’t too critical.

    Laptop – Acer 5920G – New battery Sep 2010. Windows 7 32bit

  13. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    farhan said:

    i have got the same issue with my laptop Dell 1750. its about an year old. just wondering what if we change our Operating system – would that problem will stay or go….. anyone tried it?! i probably will replace Win 7 to vista….
    any comments

  14. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    JanJan said:

    does reformatting the laptop solves the problem?

  15. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    @JanJan I doube it, but you could try another operating system for your laptop to avoid battery problems. I am personally using Windows XP 64-bit and Ubuntu 10.10 on my laptop and they work just fine and are cheap/free.

    You might want to try Aerofoil to extend your battery life too, you can find a review on our site.

  16. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sheela said:

    Hey there. I have my asus n20 laptop which is about a year and 7 months now, I am using windows 7 also. I wonder why consider replacing your battery has been bugging me up. The first time I encountered this, I just removed my battery and restarted my pc and then it’s gone. But when it recurred a day after, I tried the removing the battery gain but nothing happened. And the usual battery life has gone down to less than an hour. :( I need help pls.

  17. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    PxNielsen said:

    I think I may have solved it. I had created a custom battery/performance setting before having this error message.

    What I did was, that I just kept switching back and forth from that custom setting to the recommended setting (while unplugged). The custom setting was similar to the “Power saver” option (you could probably try using that) with a few differences. Hope it helps.

    Px Nielsen.

  18. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    anunay said:

    just go to control panel-device manager-batteries-and disable miscrosoft ACPI-compliant control method battery.

  19. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Cipher Prime said:

    this is not an issue related to any hardware on the machine. It is just a problem with windows 7 that happens for what ever reason.

    to avoid this issue please follow this simple step
    do not reinstall windows if you do not have the problem yet.
    do not run any updates if you do not have the problem yet
    make sure that your battery is 100% prior to doing a reinstall if you really have to.

    I have got through 2 batteries at my own expense and have extended warranty on my machine so I sent it in.

    when I recieve my report I will be able to argue the point with MS if the hardware is fine and if not then this should be rectified by the repair agent

  20. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Farhan Ch said:

    Hi,
    I am using win 7 on my Dell 1525 inspiron.Now it displaying the message”Consider replacing your battery”.so is it OS related issue or my battery has gone down??
    can any one help me out??
    and if I replace my battery ,is it ok or I have to change my OS also?

  21. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    Farhan, there’s not much you can do about it. I also have some strange battery problems on my laptop, even when I run Ubuntu, so it’s not only Windows 7 but a battery problem in general.

  22. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Eddy said:

    I think there are multiple reasons why this could come up. For me, it showed up when my batter was full charged, and therefore it’s better for me to replace the battery with one that isn’t. Once I removed my charging plug for a minute, the alert went away, and didn’t come back after I replugged it either. I was ignorant of the fact that you should take a fully charged battery out of you’re laptop once its fully charged, and let it run directly from the power cord, I think this would solve a lot of people’s problems. I don’t know if Windows 7 really does destroy battery life, but it seems its just a helpful alert to keep you’re battery lasting longer. At least it does so far, anyway..

  23. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    KRich said:

    I just tried what Eddy said with a little variation. i plugged my laptop up. then i took the battery out for me charge didnt matter. then i put the battery back in with the charge still plugged. then unplugged it. My battery message went away completely and has not returned

  24. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Dayna said:

    That battery message just appeared on my Dell Inspiron 1545 saying to “consider replacing your battery”. I just switched to Windows 7 about a month ago. It never did anything like this before. My battery is only a little over a year old too.
    What should I do?
    I already had to pay Dell 70$ for the charger that broke on me a few monthes ago..

  25. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Robert said:

    Having similar issues, W7 started reporting that the battery needed to be replaced.
    The battery would run down quicker and quicker……. That is until I re-installed W7 from scratch. I have had significant better battery life again.
    After about 6 weeks the battery replacement came back again, and battery life went down pretty quick again.

  26. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Makedonija said:

    yes…the MS make good win7 but also put some bug inside-something like battery killer…and now we have to buy a new battery every month just bacause they CAN’T fixed..or just dont want to fix…

  27. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Vivek said:

    I never had this problem for over 9 months. This message started surfacing from 8th of January 2010. Dont know if it is a problem with one of the patches released by MS or ???

  28. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    beecravey said:

    I have had my Gateway NV52 since November of 2009. So its only been around a year and two months and I started getting this message yesterday. I always had my battery in my laptop and I had the power source plugged into it most of the time. I think that might be part of the problem. I would only have the power source plugged into the computer when it was powered on and I would take it out everytime I turned the cpu off. I also never leave the cpu on overnight.

  29. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    CC said:

    I have used my Asus K42J since the end of July 2010, now it’s just 6 months!!!
    I might need to consider using laptop without battery (YY.YY)
    What is the real cause??? How to deal with such annoying problem???

  30. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    nikki said:

    same issue here for me with the windows 7 error on an acer aspire 7535. i did krich said and it didnt work for me. im going to try eddys suggestion next as im letting my laptop run on the charger now with no battery in it. i didnt know you could run a laptop without a battery in it lol! i dont have another battery not charged though, so i not sure how long it will take for this one to lose its charge when its not being used. i use this computer for my work at home job, and i have had it shut down right in the middle of my shift several times while it was plugged in with the charger with the battery in. this is a 2 year old laptop, so i know its not the battery. im debating on trying to find a downgrade disc to vista or back to xp i need 64bit though. i cant get over this. it just started happening to me at the end of feb 2011 or beginning of march 2011. its been going on i want to say about a week to two weeks now.

  31. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    ADAM said:

    Hello All.. here is the problem… Your laptop hardware has nothing to do with this message.. i have 3 laptops at home all the same and running windows 7.. one of the laptop has been updated over the INTERNET.. the other 2 laptops i have disabled the update of them… the laptop that has been updated has this error message of replacing the batter and it wont last more than 15 min. i too the battery out from the updated laptop and put it to the other lap top.. the battery is fine and it last for about 3h.. so i think and i`m sure its a software error and not hardware.. and its a bug in Microsoft updated.. so be careful… a full format will not solve the problem if you dont disable the automatic update.. peace..

  32. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Tennesha said:

    I have a HP computer and all i did was disable it and then enable it right after so i still have my battery icon and can see when it will die and that message has gone away :)

  33. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    L.a said:

    i have an acer aspire 4732z,its a year old. it started showing the battery message thing since this morning. so now what?is my laptop is going to shutdown suddenly or not?because thats not good.
    and yeah it does have a history of sudden shut down.

  34. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Zara said:

    i have a dell inspiron n just recently i started getting this battery message…the battery seems to drain faster now, however, it does not shut down even though i keep getting warning messages that i have 3% battery remaining, it still runs for half an hour after that! please tell what i need to do to fix this, does it help if i downgrade to xp or vista? i really dont want to because i just hated windows vista :(

  35. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Lahiru said:

    I have an Dell Inspiron N5010 (15R) laptop bought sharp one year ago. Few days ago it started to pop out a message saying “Consider replacing battery” and I noticed that the battery is draining within less than one hour (even Win7 cannot monitor the exact remaining battery time. The battery lasted for hours before I started to receive the message, so I think it is a software problem. Can anyone guess what is wrong?

  36. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    jeremy said:

    I did as chris said: change the power plan to never shut down and it worked! :) I had been looking for a solution for months. The problem appeared when I had my dot s netbook for about 6 months (February 2011), my battery was losing charge quicker every time and in the end stopped charging when it reached 6% charge. I was convinced it was a software problem. it seems something is wrong with the ACPI software in win7.

  37. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    JC corella said:

    so, what am I going to do? change the operative system? or what?, none of the above options work for me :(

  38. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Sami said:

    Yeah… I’m having this same odd issue going on. This laptop is just under a year old (bought it last August). I got the “consider changing battery” error, but noticed it was still holding a charge. I unplugged it and re-plugged it once to receive a “plugged in, not charging” message (the “change” message is gone). After a while it started charging again, but it seems to be semi-stuck/really slow at 92%. Is the battery just recovering from its little shock or should I seriously consider replacing it?

  39. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Chiquit said:

    This “Consider Replacing Your Battery” popped out months ago. When I took off the battery and put it on again, it disappeared. Then, yesterday morning, it resurfaces again. And no matter how many times I took off the battery, it don’t disappear. I have Windows 7 Ultimate and my laptop is Acer Aspire 4745G. I bought my laptop just last year September 2010. What to do about this??

  40. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Goma said:

    I upgraded my laptop from vista to windows 7 after a couple of days the computer stated that i should consider replacing my battery with red x.

    I tested installing windows 7 into three different laptop and all of them have a battery issue, 1)stucked at 0% battery plugged in but not charging, 2)stucked at 60% plugged in and charging(but on actual not charging) and 3) consider replacing your battery with X mark.

    One laptop has an extra battery and charger both tested but the same fault, considering that there was no battery problem when using vista.

    Is there any real solution for this windows 7 battery issue from microsoft or from anyone here?

    thanks for the help.

  41. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Tiffany said:

    I have a Hp Mini Laptop and its under a year old (bought it in January of this year). The saying “Consider replacing battery” with a red X started popping up on my laptop a couple days ago. I can be away from a laptop for a few minutes and it shuts down also if i put it on Sleep it do the same thing. So i figure it was something to do with my charger or something but once i plugged it into my laptop it said “plugged in and charging” but it stayed at 85% while it was on the charge. But once i unplugged it my battery would die quick even though my power saver is on low and everything. After it reached about 52% or lower it shuts down until i plug in my charger to turn my laptop back on. I don’t know what’s going on because this my first time having this problem on my laptop.Is there something wrong with my battery or laptop? What should I do and why it keep saying “Consider replacing battery”?

  42. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    peggy said:

    My laptop suddenly had the problem of asking me to replace the battery. I checked the battery and it showed ok. I changed it to power saver, still the red x is still there. I was reading all the messages here and wonder what to do. I did the battery check while the charger was not on and it showed ok. after it asked me to put the charger on, miraculouly, the red x disappeared, not sure what i did worked. Thank God for that.

  43. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Shivesh Yadav said:

    Remember the rule of thumb for any Battery- The more and FASTER you use it,the faster it ages!! Every time we switch on laptop,many useless background functions also startup automatically, but as long as mains power is avlbl it doesn’t matter, but when it comes to battery mode,those background processes are but a heck bcoz they r consuming huge battery power at no benefits! I suggest u disable all those background processes(except antivirus) using task mngr and remove their entries from automatic startup too so that they don’t start automatically next time u switch on ur notebook.This not only reduces burden on processor,but also reduces the core temperature and afterall the battery usage. It really really works great,and i hv tested it on my system. Moreover if u would like to enable any of those background processes later on, u can simply do it at any time bcoz programs still remain on ur computer,only process is killed for the moment.Good Luck !!

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