Microsoft plans to provide Windows 11 users with new statistics on the power consumption and potential emissions of their devices. This data will be available for battery-powered devices and desktop computers.

Windows 11: how to see its environmental impact

Microsoft wants to offer those who use Windows 11 new statistics concerning the energy consumption of their appliancesas well as their potential emissions. This information will be available not only on battery-powered devices, but also on desktop computers.

Windows 11 allows you to better understand your energy consumption and your environmental impact

With Developer Channel build 23506, Microsoft had already introduced more detailed, albeit hidden, energy statistics to better manage the device’s power consumption, primarily with the aim of improving battery life.

On Windows 11’s “Power & Battery” page, the current “Battery Usage” settings will soon be replaced by a larger section, titled “Power & Battery Usage”. This section details the power consumption of the device as well as shows from the PC in the last few days. These emissions are difficult to estimate and depend on the energy sources used.

Functionality, still under development and the “Total energy” and “Emissions” fields do not yet display very explicit data. However, you can enable this hidden feature by using the Vivetool and running the appropriate command (see below).

In addition to this new feature, Windows 11 version 23506 adds two new energy recommendations in the corresponding section: dark mode and dynamic refresh rate when supported. Finally, Microsoft is planning a Moment 4 update for Windows 11 before the end of the year, which aims to simplify navigation and operations within the operating system and enable the mass deployment of the Windows Copilot AI assistant.

How to activate the new energy statistics of Windows 11?

For activate the new energy statistics of Windows 11 from build 23506, you can use Vivetool, a third-party tool created by Rafael Rivera and Lucas, available on GitHub. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Go to the Vivetool GitHub. Make sure to download the latest version available to get all the latest features. Download the Vivetool zip file to your computer.
  2. Double-click the downloaded zip file to open it with File Explorer. Then click the “Extract All” button.
  3. Once the contents are extracted, copy the path to the folder where Vivetool is located.
  4. Press the “Windows + X” key on your keyboard to open the “Power User” menu and select “Command Prompt (Admin)” or “Windows PowerShell (Admin)”.
  5. In the Command Prompt, use the “cd” command followed by the path you copied earlier to navigate to the Vivetool folder. For example: “cd C:pathtotheViveTool-xxxfolder” (replace “xxx” with the actual version of Vivetool you downloaded).
  6. To enable the hidden energy statistics feature, run the following command in the command prompt: “vivetool /enable /id:44663396,44663406” and press “Enter”. This will enable the new energy statistics on your Windows 11.
  7. After activating the new energy statistics, restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

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