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Devin Smith

Laptops are one of the most portable and preferred devices, whether you wish to do office work or any other professional tasks. After using a laptop for a long time, there may be various issues arising in it. One of the most common problems is the battery drain. Users report their laptop’s battery draining quickly and this seems to be the trend all over the globe. The issue is not limited to minor brands as well-known brands like HP and Dell suffer from this as well. So, here are the steps to fix laptop battery draining issues.

Issues and Their Possible Reasons

Follow these points to know what are the issues of battery draining that user’s face and their possible reasons:

  • Drains to 0% under power off mode: It mainly arises due to some connected standby feature. If you wish to deactivate this function fully, then you have to modify some of the registry settings.
  • Self -discharging of Laptop battery: This problem arises because of shutting it down improperly. In case you wish to troubleshoot this issue, you have to shut your system properly by using the Power button.
  • HP battery draining fast under off mode: You have to perform several actions to fix these draining issues because this problem is seen in various brands and versions.
  • Surface Pro 4 battery draining fast under shut off mode: This problem could be seen in various Surface Model. In case, you want to troubleshoot this issue, check if the firmware is up to date or not.

Battery Draining in Shut Down Mode 

Follow these steps to troubleshoot the battery draining issues:

Deactivating Connected Standby Feature

Follow these steps to deactivate the Standby feature and prevent your battery from draining too quickly:

  1. First of all, press the Win + R keys simultaneously.
  2. After a while, a run dialogue box will open. Then type the following keyword “Regedit” in the text bar of the Run dialogue box. 
  3. After that, tap the enter key to proceed further.
  4. Wait for a little, and you will see that a “Registry Editor” window will open.
  5. Then navigate to the “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power” on the left-hand side pane.
  6. Then look for the “enabled” DWORD present at the right side pane.
  7. Then, double click it.
  8. Now, you have to set “0” as your Value Data, then hit the “OK” tab to save the modifications that you have made.
  9. Finally, perform a normal restart to your laptop; it might solve your system. Then check whether the problem is fixed or not.

Note that by disabling this feature, the “Sleep mode” feature will deactivate completely, but in this way, you will fix this battery draining issue.

Battery Drains Fast in Just a Few Hours

In case your laptop’s battery drains too fast as you have observed that it gets drained in just a few hours, you have to continue with a few of the steps. This issue could be fixed by using the power button.

To fix this issue, follow these mentioned steps:

  1. First of all, press and then hold down the power button at least fifteen seconds till your laptop shuts down completely. 
  2. This process will perform deep shut down operation to your system hard disk and lets your system to force shut down.
  3. It is only a workaround, and you will have to perform these steps every time you shuts down your system. 

Shutting Down the Laptop by Using Command Prompt

If you wish to shut down your system completely, then follow the following instructions:

  1. First of all, launch the Command prompt window. You may also use the “PowerShell”.
  2. Then type the following command to shut your system down: “shutdown/s” and press enter key,

You may also use the Run Dialog Box to launch the Command Prompt.

In case you found these methods helpful, then you may create a shortcut on your desktop for this command. To do this, follow these steps:

  • First of all, right-click anywhere on your desktop.
  • Then select the option “New” and after that, tap the “shortcut” option. It will pops-out as menu options.
  • After that, type the following keywords “shutdown/ s” into the particular provided field.
  • Then, hit the “Next” tab there.
  • Next, you have to tap the shortcut icon to provide a name.
  • Finally, continue with the online instructions there follows on your screen.
  • Now, try to shut down your laptop using this shortcut. 

Here, you have to note down that it’s also a Workaround and it needs to use it each time you wish to shut down your system.

Fixing Draining Issue through BIOS Up-gradation

In case you still have the battery draining issues, then try the BIOS update method. A number of users fix their battery draining issues through this feature.

It’s an advanced process of updating your BIOS, but sometimes it gets risky. That is why it is advised to secure your important files and disks while updating your BIOS.

Fixing Battery Draining Issue by Deactivating Fast Startup Method

The “Fast Startup” feature is another way of troubleshooting the issue and it combines the function of both hibernation and shutdown. This enables your PC or Laptop to boot faster and quickly process your commands. 

To deactivate the “Fast Startup” feature, follow these steps:

  1. First of all, press Win + S keys simultaneously.
  2. Then enter the “power” tab.
  3. After that, select the “Power and sleep settings” option available in the provided search results.
  4. Navigate to the right side pane and go to the “Related Settings” section there.
  5. Then hit the “Additional Power settings” option.
  6. Next, a window related to “Power options” will launch on your screen. 
  7. After that, go to the left pane and hit the option which says “Choose what the power button does.”
  8. Tap on the option saying that the modification settings are not available currently.
  9. After that, deactivating the option “Turn on fast startup”. 
  10. Finally, hit the “Save changes” tab there.


Devin Smith is a creative person who has been writing blogs and articles about cyber security. He writes about the latest updates regarding and how it can improve the work experience of users. His articles have been published in many popular e-magazines, blogs and websites. 

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