Windows Vista drains the battery faster than comparable operating systems like Windows XP if battery live is tested on the same laptop. Most users suspect that it has something to do with all the fancy visual effects that Windows Vista uses. Whatever it is the effects are easily measurable by using a dual booting laptop with Windows XP and Windows Vista.
Vista Battery Saver is a software program that has been specifically designed to deal with the issue of faster battery drain in Windows Vista. It gives the user options to turn off the Windows Aero interface and the Windows Vista Sidebar.
Options are to turn off the features whenever the laptop is running on battery, to keep the function activated or to turn it off whenever the battery level reaches a set limit. Vista Battery Saver provides access to the Vista power plans which can be configured from within the interface.
- Windows Aero user interface: Always deactivate on battery, never deactivate on battery, or deactivate when battery level is less then x percent.
- Windows Sidebar activity settings: Always deactivate on battery, never deactivate on battery, or deactivate when battery level is less then x percent
- Power Plans Management: Set for battery and plugged in
- Disable notification messages
Users who are unsure if the Vista Battery Saver application is reducing battery drain on their laptop running Windows Vista should do the following: Clock the time it takes to completely drain the laptop's battery without running Vista Battery Saver, charge the battery again and do the same with the application running. It is important to perform the same tasks - or none at all - to be able to compare the results.
Please note that the program has not been updated since 2008, and that the official website only lists Vista as compatible with the software.