Consider replacing your battery: Solution

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.

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

Published: Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 Last Modified: February 2, 2010

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