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Windows 7: Basic vs Classic theme...does it affect battery life?


14 Jan 2010   #1

DT and LT: Windows 7 and Fedora 14
 
 
Basic vs Classic theme...does it affect battery life?

I have a dell studio xps 13. I absolutely love the performance that comes with it, but it tends to sacrifice in the battery life area to meet those high marks. I use the laptop primary for school and travel, and use my high powered custom built desktop for everything else.

We all know that Aero glass guzzles battery juice, so I naturally always kept my computer on Windows classic theme. Now, I can remember from my childhood the like of Windows 98, but in today's world, it just seems a little bit disappointing. In combination with other techniques, such a frequent defrags, unnecessary process and service killing, and turning the resolution down to the minimum, I have managed to get the battery life from the rated 3 hours to about 6 hours.

My question is, if I switched to Windows 7 Basic instead of Windows 7 classic, would it really make a noticeable difference in my battery life. Also, how would I go about changing the title bars and taskbar from that disgusting shade of blue to a much more tasteful black? I know I can get the effect by going to Aero and just turning off the transparency, but that still is wasting resources with the window preview feature. Can someone enlighten me?

Thanks

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14 Jan 2010   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by freelancer91 View Post
I have a dell studio xps 13. I absolutely love the performance that comes with it, but it tends to sacrifice in the battery life area to meet those high marks. I use the laptop primary for school and travel, and use my high powered custom built desktop for everything else.

We all know that Aero glass guzzles battery juice, so I naturally always kept my computer on Windows classic theme. Now, I can remember from my childhood the like of Windows 98, but in today's world, it just seems a little bit disappointing. In combination with other techniques, such a frequent defrags, unnecessary process and service killing, and turning the resolution down to the minimum, I have managed to get the battery life from the rated 3 hours to about 6 hours.

My question is, if I switched to Windows 7 Basic instead of Windows 7 classic, would it really make a noticeable difference in my battery life. Also, how would I go about changing the title bars and taskbar from that disgusting shade of blue to a much more tasteful black? I know I can get the effect by going to Aero and just turning off the transparency, but that still is wasting resources with the window preview feature. Can someone enlighten me?

Thanks

Hi and welcome


there might be a slight imporvement (say 6hours 20 mins) but the mucking around you are going to have to do in registry, aero, and all over isnt worth the trouble in MHO


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