Fix Surface RT Battery Issues on Windows RT 8.1

While updating to Windows 8.1 may have done wonders for the PC or laptop users, it certainly hasn’t worked for the Surface RT users. In fact, the Windows RT 8.1 update had to be pulled off from the Windows Store because it claimed to brick some Surface tablets. It was not until a few weeks later that the issue was completely resolved and the latest update was reinstated in the Windows Store. However, the Windows tablet users now face another issue; Windows RT 8.1 seems to drain out the battery life and reduce the battery efficiency of the device significantly. Fortunately, Microsoft listened to these claims immediately and responded by making a post on the Surface Website. According to this post, users who updated their devices from Windows RT 8.1 Preview to Windows RT 8.1 will face battery issues because the “wireless adapter power policy is not migrated during the upgrade”. Fortunately, there is a fix to this problem and can help the Surface RT owners with their battery issues.

The foremost solution which is always encouraged is checking your PC primary healthiness and restoring any discrepancy that perhaps is bringing about the disturbance:

  • Step 1 : Download Systimizer – PC Cleaner Tool (Compatible with Windows 10, 8, 7 & XP)
  • Step 2 : Click “Scan” to find Windows issues
  • Step 3 : Click “Fix” to eliminate all troubles

Note: This solution will only work for devices that were updated from Windows RT 8.1 Preview to Windows RT 8.1.


The solution to this problem is to restore the wireless adapter power policy and correct its settings. Follow the steps below and fix Surface RT battery issues on Windows 8.1:

  • Firstly, open your Search charms by swiping in from the right edge of your screen
  • In the Search box, type command prompt
  • Once the Command Prompt icon is located and displayed in the results, touch and hold the icon to bring up the context menu. Next, tap Run as administrator
  • When prompted by a User Account Control dialog box, tap Yes
  • Notice the launch of Administrator: Command Prompt. On this console, type the following command and then press Enter:

    powercfg -setdcvalueindex SCHEME_CURRENT 19cbb8fa-5279-450e-9fac-8a3d5fedd0c1 12bbebe6-58d6-4636-95bb-3217ef867c1a 3

  • Once operation completed, enter the following command as well:

    powercfg -setactive scheme_current

Hola! Your power settings have been corrected and your Surface RT battery issues have hopefully been resolved.

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