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I installed the update version of Windows 8 on my laptop for college. The battery life has decreased from ~~7.5 hours to about ~3.5 hours on a full charge (same brightness and applications running). Have you all heard of what might be causing this? If i cant resolve this issue i will have to revert back to windows 7 because as a college student, battery life is huge.

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Have you changed your power management to Balanced or power saver?? It's probably that, that's changed your battery life.

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I am actually still in the power saver mode. I probably should have clarified that in the first post. That is what bugs me. I think it's a display driver issue but I cant seem to find an AMD driver for windows 8 that works. My laptop used to get around this much battery life when I ran an intensive application because it would switch GPUs from Intel to the dedicated AMD card. I think now its running on the AMD card constantly instead of switching back and forth.
PS thanks for the quick reply!
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All that crap running all the time on Metro is what is killing it.
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All that crap running all the time on Metro is what is killing it.

This sounds quite reasonable as well, if you've set it to power saver and you're still getting 2.5 hours it could be either this or your GPU issue that you mentioned.

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The processes in the Metro interface are actually very easy to stop. I don't think Metro is hogging the resources. I need to really look in to finding a driver update. I have tried updating the intel graphics as well as the AMD graphics. hopefully that will work.
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You're not the only one with this problem, i noticed my battery life was reduced by 20 minutes according to batterybar. I hope there's a fix for it soon, until then im back on windows 7.
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With the upgrade you may have to uninstall and reinstall the drivers for them to run correctly, if you haven't already.
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post #9 of 17
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You're not the only one with this problem, i noticed my battery life was reduced by 20 minutes according to batterybar. I hope there's a fix for it soon, until then im back on windows 7.

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Originally Posted by 32oz View Post

With the upgrade you may have to uninstall and reinstall the drivers for them to run correctly, if you haven't already.

I'm glad im not the only one with this problem. I have tried reinstaling all the drivers using Samsung's Windows 8 upgrade kit if you will for my PC's model number. Everything is working just fine, but I am still getting poor battery life. At first I thought it was the fact that my graphics drivers have not been updated and that instead of switching between Intel and AMD graphics cards depending on the application to improve battery life, Windows 8 was using just the dedicated card. I looked in to this and in device manager it is reporting that my ATI card has a problem giving me a Code 43. Maybe this could be the cause of the sub-par battery life. Any ideas?


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post #10 of 17
I ran into this problem as well on my ASUS 1215T netbook. I'm only getting around 3 hours on power saver compared to a previous 6-6 1/2. I have updated my drivers, but unfortunately none are made for windows 8.
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