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Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Research | By Elias Hubbard

Windows 10 'Redstone 3' Feature Will Boost Computer Battery Life

Windows 10 'Redstone 3' Feature Will Boost Computer Battery Life

The power throttling framework automatically categorizes every app you are running and effectively squeezes the life out of non-essential background applications.

The technology, temporarily tagged as "Power Throttling", was enabled on all copies of Windows 10 Insider build 16176, which Microsoft released Friday.

Microsoft recently enforced a rule that stops computers running Intel Kaby Lake microprocessors from installing updates to pre-Windows 10 operating systems.

The power slider has appeared again in the latest Windows 10 preview build, and you can opt out individual apps from the power throttling too.

After downloading Microsoft's March 14 cumulative updates for Windows 7 and 8.1, Zeffy came up with a list of files most likely to contain the processor detection code, then compared them with those already on a test system in the hope of identifying the pertinent file. That feature is power throttling, a promising addition that showed to have up to 11 percent savings in CPU power consumption in strenuous use cases. In return, Microsoft uses the programme as a proving ground for new software features before adding them to final versions of Windows.

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Last month Microsoft announced, in part, on its support forum: "Windows 10 is the only Windows version that is supported on the following processor generations: Intel seventh (7th)-generation processors, AMD "Bristol Ridge" and Qualcomm "8996". While many companies are working on improving the battery life of their products, it looks like Microsoft is also taking another angle to solving this biggest pain point.

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You won't get a green screen of death (GSOD) when using some apps obtained from the Windows Store that draw on Microsoft's "Centennial" Desktop Bridge - such as Evernote and Slack - when those apps are "launched with a "kmode exeception hot handled" in ntfs.sys error", Sarkar wrote. Among other things, the iOS mode halts background app refreshing and stops automatic email fetching.

After all of the hype and anticipation leading up to the public release of the Creators Update for Windows 10, you might be left wondering, what's next?

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