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Power Throttling feature to save battery in Windows 10 Redstone 3 update

Power Throttling feature to save battery in Windows 10 Redstone 3 update

Microsoft is testing new power saving modes for Windows 10

Starting with Redstone 3 build number 16176 for Insiders in the Fast Ring, Microsoft is experimenting with a new feature created to optimize background processes and save battery. Called Power Throttling, the feature enhances the battery life by optimizing the CPU for the most efficient operating modes with minimal battery consumption.

According to Microsoft’s blog post, Power Throttling can reduce the CPU power consumption by up to 11%, which in turn will increase the battery life of the machine. The feature currently works only on build 16176 or higher, and with 6th-gen Intel Core processors, but Microsoft will expand the support to older CPUs in the coming months.

How does it work? To give great performance to the apps you re using, while at the same time power throttling background work, we built a sophisticated detection system into Windows. The OS identifies work that is important to you (apps in the foreground, apps playing music, as well as other categories of important work we infer from the demands of running apps and the apps the user interacts with). While this detection works well for most apps, if you happen to notice an app that is negatively impacted by Power Throttling, we really want to know!!

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Users can control the Power settings using a Power Slider in the Action Center, changing the settings to a desired level between ‘Best Battery life’ and ‘Best Performance’. Furthermore, users can opt individual apps out from Power Throttling by going to Battery Settings → Battery Usage by app by ’disabling ‘Managed my Windows’ and unchecking ‘Reduce work app when in background’.