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Lenovo Power Manager in Windows 8

2012-11-03, 15:01 PM

Hi guys,

 

Since Lenovo Power Manager is not available for Windows 8 (no matter my laptop is specified to be FOR Windows 8... grrrrr...) I've been playing around because I needed not the infamous power gauge taking space in my taskbar, but some advanced settings.

 

Well, I found a couple of things:

  1. Power Manager (g6u432ww.exe) can be installed in Windows 8 and can be used. Even the power gauge.
  2. To install it, you have to run the setup in Windows 7 compatibility mode.
  3. It doesn't work very well: sometimes it crashes or the UI won't open (at doesn't open anymore, no matter what you do). But it does run the first time (use it before restarting) and you can change battery settings and some other stuff anyway.
  4. Do create a Restore Point before, because is not created automatically and because you won't be able to uninstall it later, since the setup expects Windows 7.
  5. If you install Lenovo Settings Dependency Package (gfsd02ww.exe) after that, Power Manager gets upgraded from version 6.36 to 7.11. But still crashes.
  6. Settings regarding battery charging are kept, no matter you restore Windows using system restore. So you can create a Restore Point, install Power Manager, change battery settings, and then restore Windows.

Is not a solution (I'm still expecting for Lenovo to fix this support for Windows 8). But at least I was able to stop the battery from charging all the time.

 

This has been tested on a ThinkPad Edge S430.

 

One important question left is:

Why Lenovo Power Manager 7.11 can't be downloaded and installed normally? I couldn't care less for the Metro Store Apps and bulky gadgets. But I want to be able to change some settings.

 

Cheers.

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Re: Lenovo Power Manager in Windows 8

2012-11-04, 20:19 PM

I'm running Power Manager 8.0  without issue on my Lenovo IdeaPad Z580.  One thing, I had to do a fresh install of Windows 8, as trying to upgrade caused several issues, and I have a feeling upgrading is causing issues for others as well.  They advertised the Windws 8 upgrade for $14.99 when I bought this Laptop in August, and I got it for that price with the code, but I sure thought they and Microsoft would have worked out all the kinks in the upgrade process, I'm pretty tech savvy, but somebody that isn't could run into some serious issues.

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Re: Lenovo Power Manager in Windows 8

2012-11-04, 20:50 PM

Hi,

Thanks for your reply. I consider pretty tech-savvy myself (in fact I hope I am... since it's my job, LOL). That's the reason I try to post some "simple" solutions for mid-advanced users.

I also did a fresh install, I had early access to RTM two months ago and most of it all, Windows 8 works great [on this system]. But some details are still to be fixed. The biggest one for me, being the absence of Power Manager. I guess for the average user would be the absence of most ThinkVantage tools (except Active Protection System).

Anyway, Regarding Power Manager 8.0, I guess you're refering to this one: http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/downloads/detail.page?DocID=DS031269. Sadly, it doesn't support S430.

Cheers.

 

Edit: ThinkPad is very different from IdeaPad. Specially regarding energy management, that being IMHO one of the best features of ThinkPad's.

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Re: Lenovo Power Manager in Windows 8

2012-11-04, 22:50 PM

Thank you.

I have the same problem with my L530, that the UI only starts the first time and then it always crashes.

Now i know, someone has also the same problem as me, good to hear!

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Re: Lenovo Power Manager in Windows 8

2012-11-04, 22:57 PM

Mhmmm... Wouldn't be so sure: in my particular case, this version of Power Manager is not for Windows 8. But yours was supposed to be compatible with Windows 8.

 

I'm not sure which is worse, tough. :smileyfrustrated:

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Re: Lenovo Power Manager in Windows 8

2012-11-05, 10:45 AM

Yeah, but i have the same issues like you, i have installed the win8 PW driver, but nothing changed and i have tried a lot.

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Lenovo Power Manager in Windows 8?

2012-11-05, 15:59 PM

Hi,

 

AFAIK...

 

The "old" Lenovo Power Manager (6.36) for Windows 7 isn't compatible with Windows 8. And I tried several steps and combinations that always ends up in failures or half-success at best. 

 

The "new" Lenovo Power Manager (7.11) for Windows 8 is a desktop app. Right?

 

So, it could be downloaded and installed in my S430 without any "Store" limitations. In the worst case scenario, the Lenovo Dependency Package should be installed. Right?

 

But it isn't available for download. At least, I wasn't able to find it anywhere.

 

So, if previous statements are right... Anybody care to explain? (probably someotherguy?)

 

In my particular case, I couldn't care less for the metro Store app (sigh) functionality. I just need ThinkPad power management. I don't know what others may think.

 

Please?

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Re: Lenovo Power Manager in Windows 8

2012-11-05, 23:57 PM

wrote:

Hi guys,

 

Since Lenovo Power Manager is not available for Windows 8 (no matter my laptop is specified to be FOR Windows 8... grrrrr...)


Power Manager is no longer supported for any Lenovo devices in Windows 8, as the majority of the functionality is now native in Win 8..  The issue of battery threshold settings has already been raised, but there is no news on how that will be managed as yet.


Cheers,

 

Bill

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Re: Lenovo Power Manager in Windows 8

2012-11-06, 2:09 AM

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Power Manager is no longer supported for any Lenovo devices in Windows 8, as the majority of the functionality is now native in Win 8..  The issue of battery threshold settings has already been raised, but there is no news on how that will be managed as yet.


Cheers,

 

Bill



Hi Bill, and thanks for your reply.

 

As you said, the majority of the functionality is native in Windows 8. But it also was in Windows 7 for what matters... The major differential being battery threshold settings!

 

Where did you get this information? So far I wasn't able to find somebody who received an S430 with W8 preinstalled to compare how the power management is being handled. Do you have any idea?

 

I know for fact that I can install Power Manager in W8. But it won't be very... "compatible". And I wouldn't want to get stuck with it (since I found no way to uninstall it later).

 

Cheers.

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Re: Lenovo Power Manager in Windows 8

2012-11-06, 9:46 AM

There's a stickied thread at the top of this board which explains / discusses ThinkPad software for Windows 8, hopefully the information you are looking for is there.

Andy  

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