Plugged in, not charging Windows 7 solution

I recently had the popular problem of Windows 7 battery manager malfunctioning and not charging my battery when plugged in.  The battery was fine, the power supply was fine, and the motherboard was fine (I have enough laptops with the same specs in the Headspring office, and I was able to swap out parts to isolate the problem).

I also searched for this problem online, and many folks are having this problem with all makes of laptop computers.  I found the steps that solved my problem here on the TechNet forums.

There are multiple solutions proposed, and here are the steps that fixed it for me:

  1. Disconnect AC
  2. Shutdown
  3. Remove battery
  4. Connect AC
  5. Startup
  6. Under the Batteries category, right-click all of the Microsoft ACPI Compliant Control Method Battery listings, and select Uninstall (it’s ok if you only have 1).
  7. Shutdown
  8. Disconnect AC
  9. Insert battery
  10. Connect AC
  11. Startup

Please comment if this fixes your problem so that others can solve their problem sooner.  I was surprised at how many people were having this problem with Windows 7.


Raj Kaimal said on 5.12.2010 at 4:58 PM

Good post! Please add

6: Open Device Manager

Kerri said on 5.12.2010 at 10:12 PM

Thank you! I stumbled across this when I was looking for solutions for my "plugged in, not charging" and this was the only one that worked. I tried uninstalling the ACPI Compliant Control Method Battery but never in that order.

I just got windows 7 on my originally vista computer and I think this problem was a side-effect.

Thanks so much!

Deryck said on 5.15.2010 at 2:51 AM

Many thanks! Your post seems to have done the trick!

Dan said on 12.09.2010 at 2:34 AM

Man! This was killing me, came home from the movies and my laptop was beeping. It's done this before... after I unplugged and plugged it in. Well, did that again today for some christmas lights and bam! This is the only solution I found that worked for me. Thanks!

Nel said on 12.09.2010 at 8:19 AM

this didn't worked for me :(

Dr. Hamdan Dammag said on 12.09.2010 at 11:48 AM

It worked fine.. My battery was only 3 months old and it had the same problem.. I follow the steps and it worked nicely .. thanks..

Note: step 6 needs only more explanation on how to get the Battery Category... here are the steps:

Start--> type "device" --> Device Manager --> Battery

Zequez said on 12.09.2010 at 12:46 PM

Or you can just disconnect and reconnect the battery while the computer is on. It worked for me in my Acer Aspire One :P

John said on 12.11.2010 at 3:17 PM

This worked for me. Thanks so much!

mel said on 12.12.2010 at 5:02 PM

this worked for me too. thank you so so much for the post!

Gogi said on 12.13.2010 at 2:01 AM

With HP 6550b works :)

Thanks man!

Dr. Allen said on 12.13.2010 at 11:42 AM

Worked like a charm HP pavilion dv8

Steve Barnett said on 12.13.2010 at 5:16 PM

Outstanding. My new work issues laptop "died" after the first charging. I was furious, and then I found this page. Thankyou so much!

Oh yes, it's an HP 6550B

Cecilia Castro said on 12.13.2010 at 7:04 PM

Seems like it worked for me. Thank you! Mine is a Compaq Presario CQ61

J_D_Stagpump said on 12.14.2010 at 7:23 AM

Alas it did not work for the dell inspiron 1525 running windows 7 ultimate :-(

nguyen said on 12.14.2010 at 10:01 PM

it work with mine

James Kinglake said on 12.15.2010 at 5:30 AM

Sadly this has not worked for me....still left with 80% available (plugged in, not charging)

Windows 7 on a Sony Vaio VPCEC1S1E

Any other ideas????

V King said on 12.15.2010 at 9:09 PM

I had a xps 17 from dell, for about 3 days when this happened to me. I removed the battery, and added again, restarted, etc.. which did nothing. Then I restarted on battery only, and when windows was up and logged in I plugged it in, and it started to charge again.

dustbeck said on 12.15.2010 at 9:40 PM

Did not work for me... multiple times. X~{

Djeven said on 12.16.2010 at 10:18 AM

Yes! It worked on a Windows 7 professional upgrade installation on top of Windows Vista Home Premium. Phew! (I had convinced my wife to let me upgrade her computer to Windows 7). HP G70 17" laptop.

JP said on 12.16.2010 at 11:59 PM

Did not work. DELL Vostro 1710. This is really starting to piss me off. Can someone please help?

WGW said on 12.17.2010 at 2:36 PM

I have two Samsung laptops that I purchased in March of 2010, both with Win 7. My battery indicator would always be between 77 and 80%, and said plugged in not charging like is described above. I thought it was a problem, and tried all the tricks that I read here and other sites. This morning I decided I would call Samsung, so I went into Start, Programs then Samsung. The first item in the list is Battery Life Extender, so I thought what the heck I'll check it out. Turns out that there are two modes, one that charges the battery to 100% and another that is to extend the battery life by only charging to 80% (useful if the laptop is used mostly plugged in like mine). It was set on the 80% setting, so I changed it to 100%, now my batter is completely full. Problem solved, other manufacturers probably have the same thing.

brad urling said on 12.18.2010 at 6:02 AM

100% works.i was nervoud it might mess up my computer or something but it fixed the problem. thanks man

Sharma said on 12.18.2010 at 11:39 AM

Did not work for me on a HP DV2000 laptop :(

Tyler said on 12.19.2010 at 3:21 PM

This did not work for me. Dell Inspiron 1750 Windows 7. Not happy. I bought a replacement battery. I Did not have any trouble charging the original battery until it went bad. New batt charged to 67% would not go higher.. After unpluggin decided to let it discharge. when plugging it back in to recharge I got the message. Plugged in Not charging.

Travis Spencer said on 12.20.2010 at 12:32 AM

Didn't work for me w/ an HP Envy 14 running Windows 7 Pro. Second battery said 0%, plugged in, not charging even after following this procedure :(

william baird simpson said on 12.20.2010 at 1:58 PM

i had this problem,got this answer on a website,didnt hold out much hope.RUN DISK CHECK.guess what it worked.dont know why.

william baird simpson said on 12.20.2010 at 2:01 PM

disk check worked on dell inspiron 1545 running windows 7 ultimate,i dont think this is a battery problem at all.i think its a windows problem.

Vikas Jethani said on 12.20.2010 at 3:27 PM

Worked like a charm. Fantastic.

I would like to know the reason for the problem.

Marso said on 12.21.2010 at 12:30 AM

Was stuck at 54% plugged in not charging

Worked for me! Thanks!

On Acer Aspire 5740G

Sam said on 12.21.2010 at 8:18 AM

It worked for me in the past. But a few days ago it stopped charging again. I have tried this solution 5-6 times now. Not working. Dont know why! Can you help!

Nathan S. said on 12.21.2010 at 3:14 PM

No luck on an HP Pavilion dv9000 running 32 bit Win 7 Pro. Check Disk didn't work either. Maybe Microsoft should patch this crap?

Mariamelia said on 12.21.2010 at 10:44 PM

Oh Jeez I have to thank you so much, I tried few methods until I found this page, once I tried this, amazing, just amazing. I thought I needed to send my new laptop back to Acer, even if I still have the warranty, but thank You! Appreciate your advice!

Michelle said on 12.22.2010 at 1:07 AM

This totally worked for me!! Usually I'd restart it and that did the trick, but this time I kept getting the "not charging" thing....your steps totally fixed it---my computer (Lenovo IdeaPad) is charging right now! THANK YOU!!!

Narayanan said on 12.22.2010 at 5:58 PM

This solution worked fine for me on a HP DV 6-1350 notebook with Windows 7. Thnx.

Rahul said on 12.22.2010 at 9:03 PM

@WGW: Thanks a lot! I have a Sony Vaio S series, and had the same problem... the battery would charge to 78-79% and stop. I changed the power settings temporarily when I had to use the laptop for extended periods without AC power.

Mike said on 12.23.2010 at 12:25 PM

Thanks, worked like a charm on my Dell Latitude E6510.


Joe said on 12.23.2010 at 8:21 PM

It worked on my Gateway NV series laptop

Christaneka said on 12.24.2010 at 4:55 AM

Mine was stuck @ 10% plugged in, not charging. I followed the directions, except I didn't right click on anything because I could not find it, but it this solution still worked fine for me on a HP DV 6 notebook w/ Win 7. Thanks so much!

Jason said on 12.24.2010 at 3:04 PM

This solution worked on my Dell Inspiron 1501. Incidentally, after POSTing and before Windows would start I was getting an error about the AC adapter. While trying your solution I also deleted the Microsoft AC Adapter driver under Batteries, and both problems appear to have been solved.

Marty said on 12.24.2010 at 3:17 PM

I have a DV6000 series . Did not work for me . Bought a new battery as well

Jon said on 12.25.2010 at 8:21 AM

Worked great for my Acer Aspire. Thanks.

Steve said on 12.25.2010 at 9:14 AM

Did not work for me on ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM netbook. It's only 10 days old.

Gary Ernest said on 12.26.2010 at 6:26 AM

Hasn't worked for me. I uninstalled the ACPI Compliant Control Method Battery then switched off, plugged battery in then switched on, but the ACPI Compliant Control Method Battery had reappeared.

How do I uninstall it permanently?

Mark said on 12.26.2010 at 10:50 AM

I followed the reply below from Zequez on this for a Pavilion dv7 and it worked started charging immediately after. It doesn't hurt to try this first and if it doesn't work, try the more complicated solution.

Zequez said on 12.09.2010 at 12:46 PM

Or you can just disconnect and reconnect the battery while the computer is on. It worked for me in my Acer Aspire One :P

Patrick said on 12.26.2010 at 12:33 PM

This is great! Worked on my Gateway NV Series Laptop with Windows 7.

Now my laptop is charging. Thank you for the tip.

Andi Newton said on 12.28.2010 at 3:55 AM

This worked fantastic on my Toshiba Equium! Having only purchased a new battery last month I was rather stressed when it stopped charging! Only took me a few minutes to do and I am now stress free again! Thank you!

Michelle said on 12.28.2010 at 11:40 AM

So far it is working our our HP60 laptop that was recently updated from Vista to Windows 7.


Ginny said on 12.28.2010 at 12:04 PM

It didn't work for me.

Clay said on 12.28.2010 at 3:49 PM

Worked like a charm for me when this issue showed up today on my Dell Inspiron 1764.

Andrea said on 12.28.2010 at 7:13 PM

My laptop (Gateway NV series) has been a nightmare since I had to reinstall Windows 7 Ultimate secondary to a plethora of viruses... and now this happens. Luckily, I stumbled upon this site and gave your suggestion a whirl. Low and behold, it worked. You are a God-send. Thanks for avoiding me a lot of stress!

Charlene Hillis said on 12.28.2010 at 8:31 PM

Thank you thank you thank you......this worked perfectly! (And the extra info about finding the device manager was helpful also.)

John said on 12.29.2010 at 8:37 AM

Nothing has worked for me to solve this problem.

Nick said on 12.29.2010 at 12:12 PM

Worked for my Dad's Compaq Presario CQ56. There is a part missing in step 6. Add "Under the batteries category of the DEVICE MANAGER, right click..." Thank you sir, I appreciate it.

SETWORKRZ said on 12.29.2010 at 6:12 PM

I tried a lot of different methods off youtube. They were all similar but did not fix it.This is the only one that worked for me. This is why post like this are Heaven sent. I tip my hat to you, thank you.

Kris said on 12.29.2010 at 6:28 PM

Thanks! This did the trick for me too.

BC said on 12.29.2010 at 9:21 PM


PLEASE, PLEASE clarify Step 6.

By "Battery category", you mean in the device manager. This drove me crazy guessing what you meant by it.

Also- I not notice that Windows 7 re-installed after I uninstalled it. How do I stop this crime against humanity!?!?!?!

Thanks for the tip.

CB said on 12.29.2010 at 10:47 PM

My battery is charging again, thanks

VK said on 12.30.2010 at 7:01 AM

Thank you sooo much - battery's charging again on my Acer Aspire 5740

SB said on 12.30.2010 at 5:17 PM

Worked great! Thanks so much for the easy fix!

Edgar said on 12.31.2010 at 2:56 AM

Hey man thanks that work and it was easy

DeeBee said on 12.31.2010 at 7:03 AM

I had success with a shorter version of this.

I simply flipped out the battery while the power was on, waited until windows noticed the battery was gone, then replaced it.

Seconds later, it was detected and charging again. Phew!

racedad68 said on 12.31.2010 at 8:45 AM

Did NOT work (Dell Inspiron 1545, W7 Ultimate).

After trying variations in the comments, this worked

Plugged in, logged in (admin)

Remove the battery

Uninstall ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery (as above)

Reinstall battery

Scan for hardware changes

Works for now, but I've read this one comes back from time to time.

Dymon Lewis said on 12.31.2010 at 2:40 PM

Worked for me! HP Pavilion DV 6000. Thank you so much.

Sam19 said on 1.01.2011 at 11:14 AM

worked for me, except that its stuck at 51% (it says charging though!) W7 Pro on Acer Aspire 5741G....

Mr/ kareem Elbarges said on 1.02.2011 at 12:12 AM

Hi Every body....

i have a Dell inspiron 1564 with windows 7 64 bit...

i have this problem (plugged in not charging)

and i do the method that they are talking about to solve this problem but does't solve :(:(

pllllllllllllllllllllz any one help me relly i need ahelp plllllllllllllllz

i wait reply

Jenn said on 1.02.2011 at 4:57 AM

Thank you so much! Did exactly what you said and it worked perfectly. Thanks, again, for sharing!

Mich said on 1.02.2011 at 10:46 AM

Worked for me what WGW said. I am using Samsun too. Thank you.

LG said on 1.03.2011 at 12:38 AM

I followed this comment by Zequez and it worked perfectly and was the easiest. Simply disconnect and reconnect the battery while the computer is on. Thanks!!!...

Zequez said on 12.09.2010 at 12:46 PM

Or you can just disconnect and reconnect the battery while the computer is on. It worked for me in my Acer Aspire One :P

LG said on 1.03.2011 at 12:41 AM

PS - I have an HP Pavilion with Windows 7.

CanadaForce said on 1.03.2011 at 10:55 AM

Worked very well. Thanks

Deb said on 1.03.2011 at 7:55 PM

Thank you so much. 17% and charging!

Bharat Kamdar said on 1.03.2011 at 10:49 PM

this worked exactly as advertised, thanks, man!

Alex said on 1.05.2011 at 1:23 AM

it works, thnks for sharing

Angelo said on 1.05.2011 at 7:47 AM

Thanks a lot for your suggestions.

Unfortunately my battery was at 0% so I could not follow your instructions but after reading the post post by Zequez I removed my battery while plugged in to AC, uninstalled the drivers and it started back loading as soon as I reconnected the battery.

We are no more used to easy solutions ...

Thanks a lot to you both, you spare me a lot of time ;)


Cindy said on 1.05.2011 at 4:32 PM

It did not work for me. I am at 80% and won't go higher.

Jonam said on 1.05.2011 at 7:15 PM

thanks work successfully..thank you so much for your help..

GOD Bles..


Cindy said on 1.05.2011 at 11:28 PM

I have a samsung and had this same problem. I did what everyone posted, but still didn't work. So, in the search box, on my computer, I typed batterylife and it pulled up the batterylifeextender samsung program you can choose from normal battery life - fully charges to 100% or extended life mode (80% charge)...

Hope this helps some of the samsung people.