Windows 10 SleepStudy Report

Troubleshoot Windows 10 Battery Life and Modern Standby

More and more mobile devices are out there and Windows 10 has some need features like Modern Standby, formerly known as InstantGo or Connected Standby, which provides an instant on/instant off user experience that users expect to have with their phones. Now that said there are always scenarios where battery life or standby doesn’t work as we wish. This blog post should help to troubleshoot battery life and standby on Windows 10, using inbox tools.

Check hardware support for standby modes

Powercfg information

First of all you can check with power states, standby modes or the available sleep states supported by your hardware using the following command:

powercfg /a

General Battery life and standby issues

In some case you can run in some issues where you have your battery draining more than expected during the Modern Standby time. This could be of the following reasons:

  • Drivers – Make sure you have the latest drivers installed
  • Firmware – Make sure you have the latest Firmware (BIOS) installed
  • Mails –  The Windows communication app keeps the broker infrastructure (BI) system active. BI, in turn, keeps the WLAN network up so that the system stays up-to-date with emails. If you get a lot of emails this can end up in a higher power drain.
  • Software –  Some installed legacy Software which does not let you go into the InstantGo modus.
  • VPN Clients – Some older VPN Clients can also cause issues with InstantGo
  • Network Activity – The WLAN device might have a challenging radio environment and the Windows system might not be able to establish a reliable Internet connection. We see how these events affect the WLAN device, which, in turn, impacts the battery.

Troubleshooting battery life and standby on Windows 10

To get some more information about your device, battery life and modern standby you can use the following tools and reports.

System Power Report on Windows 10

he maybe best way to Troubleshoot Modern Standby issues, is to use the powercfg /systempowerreport command. This will generate a diagnostic system power transition report which allows you to analyze different things about Modern Standby:

powercfg /systempowerreport

This will give you multiple indicators in the report:

System Power Report

Windows 10 SleepStudy Report

System Power State Transitions

Windows 10 System Power Report

Analysis Results

Windows 10 System Power State Modern Standby

Create a Windows 10 Battery Report

With powercfg /batteryreport you can generate a report about how your battery is used.

powercfg /batteryreport

Battery report

Windows 10 Battery Report

Windows 10 battery usage

It helps you to find the battery usage of during specific times.

Windows 10 Battery Usage

Windows 10 Power Efficiency Diagnostic Report

With powercfg /engery you can see not only Modern Standby issues, you can see what other applications, drivers and more does could drain your battery.

Windows 10 Engery Report

Windows 10 System Sleep Diagnostics

Using the system sleep diagnostic tool, you can generate a diagnostic report of system sleep transitions. You can run the following command to do so:

powercfg /systemsleepdiagnostics

Windows 10 System Sleep Diagnostics

I hope this guide helps you to trouble shoot battery and standby on Windows 10.