It seems as though the upgrade to Windows 7 has been wreaking havoc on some users’ notebook batteries, dropping the running time by as much as 70%.
Word comes via TheRegister of the reasonably widespread complaints, with many users holding the upgrade to Windows 7 responsible for their sudden and noticeable drop in overall battery life. Moreover, the piece points to the forums over at Microsoft’s own TechNet that sees hordes of users with roughly the same complaint – that their battery life has been greatly diminished since the upgrade to Windows 7. Indeed, there’s been so widespread an outcry that Microsoft has responded directly to address the issue.
The official word from Microsoft obtained by TheRegister essentially says that this is a communication issue with Windows 7 and the battery’s firmware, it goes on to say that,
“We are investigating this issue in conjunction with our hardware partners… The warning received in Windows 7 uses firmware information to determine if battery replacement is needed. We are working with our partners to determine the root cause and will update the forum with information and guidance as it becomes available.”
It’s good to see the company taking an active interest, but at the same time it’s hard to see just how much damage has been done to Windows 7’s reputation by the whole business. It’s a sad state of affairs, but one that some notebook users have been burned by.
With any luck we’ll see things start to move along now that Microsoft is actively trying to find a solution, but battery life is something that people hold close to their hearts, so it’s likely that those effected won’t be quick to forget.