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X61: Power Manager working on Windows 10

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X61: Power Manager working on Windows 10

#1 Post by GezzaF7 » Fri Jul 17, 2020 5:16 pm


Apologies if this has been done to death already, but I couldn't find any definitive advice on getting
Power manager (with proper battery charge thresholds) working on Windows 10, on an X61, so I did
a load of searching and testing and came up with a solution that worked for me.

I had updated (I hesitate to say upgraded!) my X61 to windows 10 (ver 1909) and after a lot of hangs,
and reinstall's I got it working pretty well - it seems to run cooler than it did on Win 7 too, bonus!

What really bugged me was the lack of Lenovo power manager on Windows 10. There are loads of posts,
saying the one from the Windows shop works, or Lenovo Vantage works, or the Lenovo Settings download fixes it,
or run the Win 7 version in win 7 compatibility mode on win 10, I tried it all and nothing worked until!

I saw this post on 'answers.microsoft.com' (Kudos to 'wmfan_somebody_stole _my_screen_name' and 'KeyboardOverMouse' for original posts).

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/win ... 16d34b3f3b

You will need the windows 7 version of the power manager software : n1au415w.exe
You will also need the driver, i used the windows 10 one: n2hku07w_x64.exe

I had already installed the driver and the win 7 PM software, put the setup file into windows 7 compatibility mode, but no dice.
It seems that Microsoft have put a hard block on the Win 7 Power manager running on Win 10.
To get it working, what you need to do is follow the advice in the link above, namely:

1. go to C:\DRIVERS\VISTA\PWRMGRV (i had this folder created from my earlier failed install) and check/change setup.exe compatibility mode to windows 7
2. go to https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-US/window ... x#adkwin10 and download "Windows ADK for Windows 10, Version 2004"
(this worked fine for me even though I'm on ver 1909)
3. run it and uncheck everything else apart from the first tick (i think) as you only need to install "compatibility administrator"
4. run "compatibility administrator", on the left, expand System Database->Applications, find and click "Lenovo Power Manager"
5. on the right, right mouse click setup.exe and select "disable entry" (this will take the hard block off)
6. Go back to the C:\DRIVERS\VISTA\PWRMGRV folder and click on the setup.exe to install PM for win 7-

Waahay! I can now look after my battery, you get the original 'Charge Threshold' setting options and 'Battery Gauge Reset' Result!

Hope this helps someone.

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