Vista Battery Saver

14 במאי 2007

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It's not a secret, that cool WDM (Aero user interface), announced in Windows Vista eat laptops' battery as hungry animal eats it's victim. But what, actually, "eat" your battery – mostly three things: Aero, Sidebar and your wide laptop screen. We have nothing to do with screen, but we can disable either Aero UI and Sidebar, while working on battery. Let me introduce Vista Battery Saver


This tinny program will save up to 70% of your battery by disabling those nice, but greedy Vista features. Running in task bar with private workset of 5.5M and 0% CPU it will do all work for you, by enabling and disabling customizable features when power source changed or battery power fall under certain percent.

Actually, I was inspired by similar program of Clint Rutkas and Code4Fun post (as usual, I love those guys) :). But Clint's soft was rather buggy and completely incompatible with Windows Vista Guidelines. This one is completely "Developed for Vista" – ACT 5.0 passed stuff (at least, I think so).

This is not final version, so use it for your own risk and, please, make me know about bugs or "behaviors", that make you sad 🙂

UPD 17-May: Home Premium installation support has been solved. All those, who had troubles to get in work in Microsoft Vista Home Premium edition, please download the new version. No other fixes in this beta release. Please make me know about other bugs

Download (beta 1) for free (MSI 901KB). You need Windows Vista Home Premium and notebook to run this program.

UPD 22-Jul: Vista Battery Saver is Open Source now.

UPD 24-Jul: New Vista Battery Saver (beta 2) has been released. More information>>

UPD 27-Jul: Vista Battery Saver (beta 2) MUI version with French user interface. More information>>

UPD 20-Aug: Vista Battery Saver (beta 2 r1)  English, German, Italian and French UI + minor fixes. More information>>

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  1. alan15 במאי 2007 ב 5:48

    Interesting utility.

    There is a blog post on the vista team blogs today that says disenabling Aero only saves 1-4% of the battery life.

  2. Jeff Atwood15 במאי 2007 ב 9:43

    I had plans to put together a bunch of graphs illustrating the results, but those wouldn't have been terribly exciting graphs to read. With each graphics card, from the Radeon X1900 XTX down to the GeForce 7600 GT, system power consumption with Vista's Aero interface was only marginally higher than it was with the Classic interface. A GeForce 7900 GT-equipped configuration, for example, idled between 105 and 106W with an empty Classic desktop, and 106 and 107W with two windows open. With the Aero interface, the same system idled closer to 106W with an empty desktop and closer to 107W with two windows open.

    There's no data to support the idea that Aero hurts battery life. Please, no more voodoo computing..

  3. tamir15 במאי 2007 ב 14:00

    Thank's Jeff and Alan. You are right, it's not clear if this really helps, however, you should agree with me, that even minimum of 15%, Nick speaks about together with Sidebar with hungry gadgets, want internet and running multiple timers will finish battery much faster, then if we'll shut them down and then open it while charging?
    Anyhow, I have plans to add small statistic patch to this program to measure and be completely sure, that it helps.

  4. a15 במאי 2007 ב 23:22

    I tried to use this program, but I wasn't able to run it because it writes me that my Vista edition isn't compatible with the program. I have Vista Home Premium Edition.

    Can you, please, enable your program for this version of Vista?

  5. Gordon Cahill16 במאי 2007 ב 8:04

    I have an HP TX1001au running Vista Home Premium and the program tells me I need to upgrade to Vista.

  6. tamir16 במאי 2007 ב 10:04

    Currently installation on any Home (even Premium) edition is unsupported. Please wait for beta 2 to be released

  7. Andrew Forde16 במאי 2007 ב 21:37

    I've just seen this on JKOnTheRun and installed it straight away. I have to say that my first impressions are that it's very good.

    The speed of switching Aero on and off is excellent.

    Well done – I need to keep an eye open for the next version! 🙂

  8. Nevaahe17 במאי 2007 ב 9:48

    :Currently installation on any Home (even Premium) edition is :unsupported. Please wait for beta 2 to be released

    Then please remove the statement at the top that says: You need Windows Vista Home Premium and notebook to run this program.

    Evidentally we do have that OS or we wouldn't have tried to install it.

  9. tamir17 במאי 2007 ב 10:07

    I fixed the current version to be run on Home Premium as well
    Please download new file and make me know, if it works on your machine. I have no Home Premium edition, so I can not check it

    Thank you

  10. OffBeatMammal18 במאי 2007 ב 6:45

    This is cool – much nicer UX than Clint's version (and I had produced a tweaked interim build)

    couple of comments though:
    – Doesn't turn sidebar back on for me
    – Doesn't have an option to force Aero (or Sidebar) back on when I'm on battery (sometimes I may want it as an after-thought)
    – Still gives me a warning message when Aero was first turned off.
    – ClickOnce installer would be nice… would give you auto-update capabilities 😉

    Oh, and there's a typo in your "about" 😉

  11. Pedro21 במאי 2007 ב 23:50

    i tried this now in an HP 6359 with home premium and it behave very strange..

    Side Bar became like Start and closing Start and closing .. and the Aero wasnt always turned off :S

    and when i connect it to AC again it doesnt back to "normal mode"

    so with me nothing work 😐

    what should it be?

  12. tester22 במאי 2007 ב 5:30

    I find once I have plugged power back in, I don't get aero or the sidebar back. Anyone else experience this?

  13. Niz22 במאי 2007 ב 21:27

    When I plug the AC back I only get Aero back but not Sidebar. The only way to get Sidebar back automatically is to use the third option (battery-level based activation). But using this method results in Sidebar being launched, then terminated in a few seconds and it loops until the AC is back.

    Dell XPS M1210 Home Premium

  14. Snowii23 במאי 2007 ב 12:50

    same here, when I unplugged I got both aero and sidebar turned off, but when I plugged AC back the Vista Battery Saver says Aero off and sidebar on which is not true cause both of them are in fact off…

    this utility is very handy and I'd really like to have it 🙁

    I have Vista Ultimate, and X60Tablet

  15. Chris23 במאי 2007 ב 20:30

    Hey, you have made a great little program here.

    Only thing I noticed, when I installed it, it didn't add a link to the Start Menu or the Desktop. I could only access it through C:/Program Files/Sharpsoft

    I'm on Home Premium.

    Is this normal?


  16. Paul23 במאי 2007 ב 22:43

    Error 2203 during the install on Vista Enterprise on a Compaq NC8430 laptop. Is it supposed to run on Enterprise yet or should I wait for the next Beta?

    Looks like a great little app.


  17. tamir24 במאי 2007 ב 9:11

    Thank you all for feedbacks
    Soon, 2nd beta will be available. Changelog:
    1) Fixing "return from dead" behaviour
    2) Supressing of sidebar invocation in Home editions
    3) Fault in returning Aero
    4) Fixing timing algo with memory cleanup
    5) Clarification of startmenu position

  18. Damo25 במאי 2007 ב 7:00

    installed on Fujitsu P1610 and it turns off aero and sidebar OK but when I plug back in it doesn't turn it back on.

    Otherwise no bugs, yet :).

  19. Mike27 במאי 2007 ב 9:38


    when will dthe next version available?



  20. tamir27 במאי 2007 ב 9:58

    The next version (beta 2) will be available this week

  21. Bobby29 במאי 2007 ב 18:39

    Unfortunately the issue I have with this program is that it will disable both aero and the sidebar when unplugging the power, but it will not re-enable them afterwards.

    Obviously if Beta2 runs a-ok there'll not be a need. But I was wondering would it be possible for you to provide two buttons/mini applications that could be put on the desktop to provide a manual alternative?

    One to disable aero+sidebar and one to enable aero+sidebar.

  22. 8r13n29 במאי 2007 ב 21:30

    Yeah…I think it's all about the hardware. If you're trying to run Vista on an XP machine it will kill your battery. …AS WITH ALL OTHER WINDOWS UPGRADES IN THE PAST, Vista users should purchase a new modern system to operate Vista.

    I'm the proud owner of a Lenovo T60p. I've got 3GB of 667Mhz DDR2 SO-DIMMs and a FireGL V5200 with 256MB on board and 1GB dedicated from my 3GB of system memory.

    I never turn Aero off and I get exactly 3 hours and 31 minutes out of each battery. I know that's not great, but it's enough. I know I could get 4+ hours out of the same machine running XP but then I'd have to deal with spyware, crashes, etc. etc. etc. Vista is sooo much better then XP on a modern system…I'd never switch.

    So yeah, I paid a little over $1,000 for this laptop +Vista and I've been loving life ever since. I recommend waiting until you can afford a real system before moving to Vista. They're not that expensive anymore.

  23. bigmudcake30 במאי 2007 ב 8:44

    One thing it doesnt do which is a little annoying is recognise its state after the computer returns from hibernation. i.e. if computer hibernates because the battery went flat, after I plug the power in and switch computer on, the areo and sidebar do not re-appear.

    Still, this program solves a problem that Vista created. Great Work 🙂

  24. Mike5 ביוני 2007 ב 9:46


    any news regarding the new version? The last week is over and I am curious about the next version 🙂



  25. bigmudcake17 ביוני 2007 ב 16:22

    Just a question, does the battery saver software turn off the "Desktop Window Manager Session Manager" service which I think is a much better way to turn off aero, or does it change display properties to turn off aero visuals.

  26. Sarah9 ביולי 2007 ב 23:54

    Is it possible to get this for Home basic? I need at least 4 hours for one of my classes and I'm only getting a little over 3.

  27. tamir10 ביולי 2007 ב 21:06

    Sarah, there is nothing (except sidebar, maybe) to remove in Home edition. It does not supports Aero interface

  28. JoeGeeky17 ביולי 2007 ב 1:57

    This is pretty cool… One funny note… When I go into a breifing I generally turn off my Sidebar so people don't have to look at it. When your Power Saver is running it re-opens it as soon as I close the Windows Sidebar. Are you sure you are not working with the Sidebar team and trying to ensure we are all using it… 😉 Nice job though…

  29. cd26 ביולי 2007 ב 6:35

    are there plans to make this work with vista ultimate or vista enterprise?

  30. tamir26 ביולי 2007 ב 7:22

    it is working on any Windows Vista version higher, then Home Premium (ultimate and exterpise indeed 🙂 )

  31. enterman26 ביולי 2007 ב 20:49

    great utility but for some reason it wont change power plans when taking it off ac power.

  32. tamir26 ביולי 2007 ב 23:14

    enterman, did you change it and press "Apply" button?

  33. Joyce Schertz1 באוגוסט 2007 ב 4:38

    vista is great

  34. Michael9 בספטמבר 2007 ב 5:16

    I just thought I would tell you that your download link should be in plain sight, not crossed out, it should be at the bottom of the post or the top, not in the middle, it took me 10 inutes to figure out I was supposed to click the crossed out link. I thought crossed out means "don't click this outdated/invalid link"

  35. David7 באוקטובר 2007 ב 18:05

    vista battery saver

  36. Sheeko30 בינואר 2008 ב 2:50

    I have a small problem .. I am currently not using the sidebar, however, when i unplug the power and return it the program starts the side bar for me … no matter what choice i have in the settings.

  37. pongscript2 במרץ 2008 ב 3:21

    Is there a way to control wether aero and sidebar
    start when laptop plugin back to AC. it would be much better if it detects whether Im using sidebar or aero while plugin to AC. disables them when running on battery. but starts sidebar or aero only when i previously used them while running on AC power when plugged in right again.

  38. hp battery1 במאי 2008 ב 6:15

    I tested this camera for a client. I didn’t have the light running for more than 15 minutes. The battery lasted approximately 6 hours before recharging. The LCD, however, had a few dead pixels – never saw this before. Tried returning for exchange and had to put up quite a fight. Anyone else seen this?

  39. leehsueh22 במאי 2008 ב 0:51

    Can you easily incorporate a feature that when the power is unplugged, the theme changes to windows classic rather than windows vista basic? (e.g. from aero –> classic instead of from aero –> vista basic?


  40. HP battery29 במאי 2008 ב 5:18

    I tested this camera for a client. I didn’t have the light running for more than 15 minutes. The battery lasted approximately 6 hours before recharging. The LCD, however, had a few dead pixels – never saw this before. Tried returning for exchange and had to put up quite a fight. Anyone else seen this?

  41. Nio4 ביולי 2008 ב 18:33

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  42. mysteryman9 ביולי 2008 ב 19:35

    Could you put Vista Basic compatibility into the next version? For people who have used VistaGlazz on Vista Basic.

  43. fornetti1 בספטמבר 2008 ב 9:52

    I do not believe this

  44. trouble23 בספטמבר 2008 ב 15:19

    This does not work/ qill not finish install in window vista ultimate on my machine. I have done several things and no matter what, it will not complete the install. It gets about 90% done, then jsut sits there and never completes. The icon is in the taskbar and the program starts, but the only way to get rid of the install is to end task it, this then ruins the install and I cannot use the program.

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