A new Windows 10 update will boost battery life of HP devices

Windows 10 battery backup

Microsoft and HP are rolling out a new update to select Windows
10 devices that will turn on a new feature without making any
changes to the BIOS setting. With Windows 10 KB4583263,
Microsoft says HP wants to improve your notebook’s battery
performance by enabling a new charging algorithm.

Windows 10 KB4583263 is currently rolling out to select HP
notebooks only. You can download and install it from the
‘Optional
updates’ area in the Settings app.

When you apply this update, HP says it will enable a feature
called “HP Battery Health Manager”. This feature is a
BIOS-level setting available for most HP devices and it’s
supposed to improve the battery backup of your device, but it’s
currently turned off by default on some configurations.

For now, the update is available for select HP devices only and
it won’t show up on devices from other manufacturers, such as
Microsoft and Lenovo.

HP Battery Check feature

HP says this new update will mitigate the exposure to high
stage-of-charge. In other words, HP’s Battery Health Manager
will optimize the battery charging behaviour based on your
usage patterns or charging patterns.

The feature is based on HP’s new algorithm and it’s also
designed to increase the life of your battery.

It’s worth noting that if your device doesn’t support HP
Battery Health Manager, no changes will be made even if you
apply the Windows Update. Also, remember that Windows Update
does not make changes to the BIOS.

“This update does not require a restart to take effect,”
Microsoft said.

If you don’t want to install the update but you’d like to try
the Health Manager feature on a supported device, you can
always configure it manually from the BIOS settings.

HP BIOS setting

If you don’t apply the update on a supported device, HP says it
can result in battery swelling and chemical ageing in
lithium-ion batteries.

To install the updates, head to Windows Updates page and then
click on ‘Check for updates’.

The HP Battery Health Manager update will show up only if your
device is eligible for it and you should never force install it
on a device that is not yet ready.

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