Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 8th Feb 2010 23:55 UTC
Windows The past few weeks or so, there's been a lot of interest in a supposed battery status report bug in Windows 7. After installing Windows 7, some users reported seeing "consider replacing your battery"-warnings in systems that appeared to be operating just fine on Windows XP or Vista. After extensive research, Steven Sinofsky has now explained on the Engineering 7 blog that the fault is not with Windows 7 - it really, really is your battery.
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RE: Battery Topic
by kaiwai on Tue 9th Feb 2010 09:53 UTC in reply to "Battery Topic"
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Since we are on the battery topic, I am kind of confused about something.

Is it OK to have your laptop while the battery is inside permanently plugged in to the power? I mean at work, we have the laptops permanently plugged in while the battery is in the laptop. Don't we over charge and destroy the cells? Someone told me it's worse to have it charged every two hours than having it plugged in permanently. Is this true? I think once it reaches 100% it no longer charges but I am not sure.

I've heard mixed messages regarding that; I was worried because I do the same with my laptop - I tend to have it plugged in for long periods of time. On one forum I was told that it is good to use the battery as much as you can to 'exercise' the battery. Another forum said that it doesn't matter, its all voodoo to claim it needs to be exercised. For me I am conscious about looking after my hardware so even as someone who is pretty knowledgeable about computers - I am confused as to what I am supposed to do.

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