Have a laptop and want to get more battery life out of it? Windows 7 includes a hidden built-in tool that will examine your laptop’s energy use and make recommendations on how to improve it. To use it:
1. Run a command prompt as an administrator. To do this, type cmd in the search box, and when the cmd icon appears, right-click it and choose “Run as administrator.”
2. At the command line, type in the following:
powercfg -energy -output C:\MyFolder\Energy_Report.html
where C:\MyFolder represents the folder where you want the report to be placed.
(Note: You can change the directory as long as it is existing.)
3. For about a minute, Windows 7 will examine the behavior of your laptop. It will then analyze it and create a report in HTML format in the folder you specified. Double-click the file, and you’ll get a report — follow its recommendations for ways to improve power performance.
Here’s a sample of the test:
This is a tip I got from ComputerWorld.com