2 hour battery life when running Windows 8.1 on rMBP

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by bcodemz, May 7, 2014.

  1. bcodemz macrumors member

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    Hi,

    I recently bought a MacBook Pro, and I installed Windows 8.1 with bootcamp on it. However, the battery life is absolutely horrible. I get about 2 hours of battery life doing light tasks that would get me 8-9 hours of battery life on OS X. Task manager shows minimal CPU usage, like <5% most of the time. The laptop also runs extremely hot. I know Windows does not run well on Macs, but this is unusable. Is this normal? What can I do to get better battery life on Windows?

    Thanks
     
  2. applefan97 macrumors member

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    I also run Windows 8 on my mac using Parallels and I get 2-2 and a half hours doing intensive stuff like playing games and such.I think you have a problem since you are getting far worse battery life doing light tasks.
     
  3. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

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    If your system has an NVIDIA GPU, that sort of battery time is not unusual. Macs do not support graphic switching when running Windows as they do in OS X.
     

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