1. Nikos Lygidakis's Avatar
    Hi all
    so I re upgraded to windows 10 last week thinking I will give it another go. Actually the experience is now much better than release day and I have no issues at all apart from the battery drain. This to me is very poor compared to 8.1 both in standby and while browsing. I read SP4 and SB have upgraded battery drivers (2013). Will these work on S3? Mine still has the 2006 drivers.
    Thank you for the help and hope I dont have to go back to 8.1 again.
    12-10-2015 03:24 AM
  2. oditius's Avatar
    Please take some time to explore this forum. Some things you might learn.

    1) How to update the battery drivers
    2) A registry hack that will give you high performance back (there are a couple things to look for to make other adjustments while doing this to make it faster and better)

    You can post, and hopefully someone will look it up for you, but it will be faster if you do it.
    12-10-2015 05:46 AM
  3. Steve Adams's Avatar
    I actually find my battery worse using the updated drivers compared to the old 2006 drivers. Can you revert back?
    12-14-2015 03:41 PM
  4. mikelino666's Avatar
    Really? I didn't check the battery before because I thought that was better for sure... anyone else with any review about it?
    Last edited by mikelino666; 12-15-2015 at 05:36 PM.
    12-15-2015 04:51 PM
  5. frangalive's Avatar
    Battery in my 920 it's works quite similar than with 8.1, perhaps even better.
    12-15-2015 05:04 PM
  6. mikelino666's Avatar
    I actually find my battery worse using the updated drivers compared to the old 2006 drivers. Can you revert back?
    Hey may I ask you how long does your surface battery work? In my situation, with 30 minutes of installation, 1,30 hrs of skype and the rest of web browsing with youtube as well, in 5 hrs I have just reached the 27% of remaining battery.. I think that it means 2 more hrs more or less. So, 7 hrs in total. What about you guys?
    12-15-2015 05:40 PM
  7. Steve Adams's Avatar
    Maybe its just me, but the battery guage seems to be going down much faster. Maybe the driver made it more accurate than before. But when I take it off the dock, it only takes and hr or so to get down to 85 % or so, before it seemed much longer like 1.45 or 2hrs
    12-16-2015 04:50 AM
  8. mikelino666's Avatar
    Maybe its just me, but the battery guage seems to be going down much faster. Maybe the driver made it more accurate than before. But when I take it off the dock, it only takes and hr or so to get down to 85 % or so, before it seemed much longer like 1.45 or 2hrs
    Mmmm.. It means 15% per hr that it's like mine more or less.. I'm around 13-14% per hr.. Wth I don't know why I didn't check anything before the update.. Any review about the entire duration? And the standby? In my situation the standby of 4hrs (before going in hibernation) is around 7% that means I little bit less than 2% per hr..
    12-16-2015 12:44 PM
  9. Steve Adams's Avatar
    I just think mine was better on the old drivers. hmmmmm. Either way, I think I can push a day of usage out of it no problem. I am docked a lot too which helps.
    12-17-2015 06:43 AM
  10. onlysublime's Avatar
    It's not mentioned much but if battery drain and responsiveness are major issues for you, try using a browser besides Edge. Yes, Edge is very good on some levels but it runs the CPU harder and it uses more RAM. For a touch device, I hate Firefox (no automatic onscreen keyboard, poor scrolling, no touch features, etc.). However, it runs lighter than Edge. Chrome also runs lighter these days but it is even worse than Firefox for a touch device. Chalk that up to Google playing hardball since Chrome in ChromeOS works better with touch.
    12-20-2015 02:22 PM
  11. prlundberg's Avatar
    I also think mine was better with the old drivers. Definitely not improved. Ridiculous and not acceptable in a tablet.
    12-20-2015 09:54 PM
  12. Steve Adams's Avatar
    Can we roll back?
    12-21-2015 04:16 PM
  13. Steve Adams's Avatar
    I am rolled back just to see how it works. I will keep a close eye on it.
    12-21-2015 04:21 PM
  14. mikelino666's Avatar
    I am rolled back just to see how it works. I will keep a close eye on it.
    Thank you so much! Let us know how it is working! And, whether you can, try the sleep mode as well! I posted my report before regarding the % of battery per hours =)
    12-21-2015 04:26 PM
  15. duncan0622's Avatar
    Sorry for a amateur question - How to update battery driver?
    12-21-2015 09:30 PM
  16. mikelino666's Avatar
    Sorry for a amateur question - How to update battery driver?
    A user posted the link of the 2013 nec drivers for surface pro 4. Ones downloaded, you can install the file and that's it. To check if it is installed, right click on start, "manage of the components" or something similar (sorry but I don't have the English version).. Battery, and you will find the new version. To come back to the previous one version, I don't know where could we find the drivers, maybe the previous user could answer about it.
    12-22-2015 12:55 AM
  17. Steve Adams's Avatar
    I just hit the button in device manager roll back driver. Worked. I am checking out battery drain now and I will report back once I update drivers again in a couple of days!
    12-22-2015 08:26 AM
  18. mikelino666's Avatar
    I just hit the button in device manager roll back driver. Worked. I am checking out battery drain now and I will report back once I update drivers again in a couple of days!
    Thanks! May I ask you where did u find the old one drivers? I don't know how to find it!
    12-22-2015 10:27 AM
  19. Steve Adams's Avatar
    They are stored in windows system. All you do is hit roll back and its done.
    12-22-2015 01:51 PM
  20. mikelino666's Avatar
    They are stored in windows system. All you do is hit roll back and its done.
    Yes, stupid question but...i don't know why but even if i upgraded to the 2013 drivers (and i checked in the past if they were updated), now i have the 2006 drivers... How is it possible? Do you think that downloading the upgrades of win10, they could roll back the drivers? I'm confuse...
    12-23-2015 07:39 AM
  21. Steve Adams's Avatar
    got me stumped. Mine stayed on the 2013 drivers. I am going to keep note of the usage. Maybe you rolled back without realizing it.
    12-23-2015 08:51 AM
  22. mikelino666's Avatar
    got me stumped. Mine stayed on the 2013 drivers. I am going to keep note of the usage. Maybe you rolled back without realizing it.
    I really don't know.. The last one time that I checked the version was when I updated to 2013... And now I've 2006.. So weird situation.. Ok let us know the final report! Thanks
    12-23-2015 11:04 AM
  23. Telstar1948's Avatar
    If you run a Windows update afterward, it will install the previous MS drivers unless you hide the new drivers so Update doesn't "see" them when it downloads updates for your S3.
    12-25-2015 01:10 PM
  24. mikelino666's Avatar
    If you run a Windows update afterward, it will install the previous MS drivers unless you hide the new drivers so Update doesn't "see" them when it downloads updates for your S3.
    Really? I didn't know! But, is it something that occurs only with the surface? Because with my PC I upgraded the drivers of the speakers (I used Asus drivers instead of vaio) and they are still there after ages...
    12-26-2015 04:55 PM

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