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    Just install the free basic version, then activate free 30 day trial for full version. No info needed. But even the free basic version does well on reporting

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    Quote Originally Posted by demandarin View Post
    I'm trying out the basic version of battery bar right now. Seems good as far as reporting goes. But you can't mess with any settings with free version.

    As for powercfg.exe, I found a few of those applications in my file explorer. Not sure which one to use. Plus clicking on them flashes black box then disappears. Can't find where the info is dumped to like machistmo showed.
    Its in the root of your profile. c:\users\%username%\battery report.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by demandarin View Post
    I'm trying out the basic version of battery bar right now. Seems good as far as reporting goes. But you can't mess with any settings with free version.

    As for powercfg.exe, I found a few of those applications in my file explorer. Not sure which one to use. Plus clicking on them flashes black box then disappears. Can't find where the info is dumped to like machistmo showed.
    You need to run these in a command prompt (they don't have a GUI).

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    Battery pro is telling me I have 2% batter wear, seriously? I just got the pro a week ago...

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    I've had my SP for a couple of months and Battery Bar Pro shows 7.7% battery used up. I wouldn't pay too much attention to that.

    Also Battery Bar Pro, unfortunately, is NOT an app. It only works in desktop mode. It does not show up in Metro mode at all.

    However, it seems to be miles ahead of the POS Microsoft put on the SP.

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    Thanks for the heads up on the program; I downloaded the basic version on my laptop and will likely on my SP as well. I will note that McAfee doesn't like their web site.

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    Well, the first thing to do is get rid of that virus you have on your computer!!

    It's called McAfee Anti-virus or something like that.

    Friends don't let friends use McAfee.

    Try AVAST or AVG --- both have FREE versions and are far superior to McAfee.

    In my opinion


    Quote Originally Posted by hogwldfltr View Post
    Thanks for the heads up on the program; I downloaded the basic version on my laptop and will likely on my SP as well. I will note that McAfee doesn't like their web site.
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    Bit Defender is free and works better than most of the rest of them out there. Also you can watch deal news and get bit defender for 2 or 3 years for next to nothing. $10 or so..
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    Quote Originally Posted by demandarin View Post
    I'm trying out the basic version of battery bar right now. Seems good as far as reporting goes. But you can't mess with any settings with free version.

    As for powercfg.exe, I found a few of those applications in my file explorer. Not sure which one to use. Plus clicking on them flashes black box then disappears. Can't find where the info is dumped to like machistmo showed.
    I generally do it from an elevated command prompt. And again its in the root of your profile. C:\user\%profile%\battery report.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arizona Willie View Post
    Well, the first thing to do is get rid of that virus you have on your computer!!

    It's called McAfee Anti-virus or something like that.

    Friends don't let friends use McAfee.

    Try AVAST or AVG --- both have FREE versions and are far superior to McAfee.

    In my opinion
    Why would you bother to buy and install an antivirus program when one is built into the OS?

 

 
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