I use my supposedly netbook every day and the use is very mobile. It should have 7 up to 9 hours of battery life in normal use, but I am running Windows 7 and Ubuntu in the background with VMware Workstation. This is great for running apps older or for linux on my Windows 8 PC because I tried dual-booting and it didn't work, especially not for having to work efficiently. Now the battery can run 4 hours if you're lucky with these processes running. Is there anything to use Windows 8 and Windows 7 at the same time and get the battery life that is possible with this netbook while browsing the web and working normally?
Thanks a lot for the possible help.
asked Feb 21 '13 at 15:40
There isnt much you can do except disable all the aesthetics of win 7/8. Running 2 OS at the same time takes some power it it's normal that it will drain battery quicker. There isn't much at all you can do
answered Feb 21 '13 at 16:40
You could set the virtual machine in hibernate mode when you don't need it. Then power it up again. Also make sure you have a lot of ram, so the vm can stay in memory. You could try and fiddle with the power management settings in windows (on the main os). Setting the cpu to max at 80% on load instead of 100%, could and I say could, save you some time.
But like Kal said, running 2 OS at the same time, requires more cpu, ram, hdd power and thus less battery time.
answered Feb 22 '13 at 04:51