Screenshots: Create a detailed Battery Report with Windows 8

Accessing the Command Prompt from the Start screen is easy

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If you are using Windows 8 on a laptop or Windows RT on a tablet, you'll be interested to know that Windows 8 has a new feature that allows the operating system to produce a detailed report on the system's battery usage. This new feature can come in handy as a troubleshooting tool when you are encountering problems with your battery maintaining a charge or as a general information tool if you just want to keep tabs on your battery usage. The Battery Report is generated by Windows 8's Power Configuration Utility, which you run from the command line with a special switch.

In this edition of the Windows Desktop Report, I'll take a look at Windows 8's Battery Report.

Getting started

Launching the Power Configuration Utility and running the Battery Report is easy, once you know how. To begin, use the [Windows] + Q keystroke to access the Search Apps page. Then, type cmd in the text box and click Command Prompt, as shown in Figure A.

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By Greg Shultz

Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.