Microsoft and HP are rolling out new updates to selected Windows 10 devices that will turn on a new feature without making any changes to BIOS settings. Microsoft says that with Windows 10 KB4583263, HP hopes to improve the laptop’s battery performance by enabling new charging algorithms.
Windows 10 KB4583263 is currently available only for some HP notebooks. You can download and install it from the Optional Updates area in the Settings app.
When you apply this update, HP says it will enable a feature called HP Battery Health Manager. This feature is a BIOS-class setting that most HP devices can use and should improve battery performance, but it is currently turned off by default in some configurations. Currently, the update is only available for specific HP devices and will not appear on devices from other vendors such as Microsoft and Lenovo.
HP says the new update will reduce exposure to the high-charging phase. In other words, HP’s Battery Health Manager will optimize battery charging behavior based on your usage or charging mode. The feature is based on HP’s new algorithm, which is also designed to increase battery life.
It’s important to note that if your device doesn’t support HP Battery Health Manager, you won’t make any changes even if you apply Windows Update, which means Windows Update won’t make changes to BIOS.
If you don’t want to install the update, but still want to try the Health Manager feature on a supported device, you can also configure it manually from your BIOS settings. HP Battery Health Manager updates will only appear if your device is eligible, so don’t force installation on devices that are not ready.