Laptop running hot & shorter battery life

Toshiba / M700
May 3, 2010 at 05:37:23
Specs: Windows 7, 2.4 ghz 2.0 mb
I have a Toshiba Portege M700 that I purchased with Vista but had an ungrade to Windows 7 by redemption. I did the upgrade to Win 7 but now my batteries last 1/3 less and the computer seem to feel a lot hotter. Does Win 7 make computers run harder?

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#1
May 3, 2010 at 13:57:54
Windows 7 is proven to run better and more efficient then any other OS. You might have to change some advanced power setting in the Control Panel. Thats what I had to do. Some things you can do would be to change you cooling to passavie on battery and active on plug in. Also lower you CPU processing rate to about 85. That should cool things down a bunch. If you are not sure on how to do this just post back and i'll can do a walk through with you.

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#2
May 4, 2010 at 10:07:06
ddennis002, I have the same problem with an HP laptop that I have upgraded to Win 7 pro. Plus I bought a new battery,
Can you maybe post your cure and I'll see if it helps on the HP laptop?
Thanks

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#3
May 4, 2010 at 20:28:44
Make sure speed step is active in BIOS. Set power down time for hard drive, monitor, etc to a shorter period of time (maybe 8 or 10 minutes rather than 20 minutes or more). Look at all possible power settings and see what makes sense.
Also try to google 'optimize windows 7 for laptops'. Your Vista installation was optimized for your laptop, but that is not the default when you installed windows 7 (maybe it should be a choice during installation) so you will need to tweak it a little. Battery life vs. usability is a balancing act that might take a few tries to get perfect (for you).
Edit: Sorry, speed step is intel, not sure if your processor is intel or not.

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