The battery icon is missing in Windows 10, how do I fix the problem?

Many Windows 10 users reported that the battery icon disappeared from the panel after upgrading from an older version. This article describes methods for returning it back to the panel.

Examples of the problem

  • Icon is grayed out in Windows 10.
  • Battery percentage is missing.
  • Lenovo battery does not show Windows 10.
  • Windows 10 battery icon is locked.

Manual activation

Windows provides the user with a choice of what to display on the taskbar and allows you to completely turn off the display. This feature is found in Settings, Start Menu, System Section. In the menu on the left “Notifications and actions”. 

The first thing to check is the power icon is on. To do this, click Turn System Icons On or Off and make sure the power is on.  

Then make sure the icon is set on the taskbar. To do this, go back to the previous window and click “Select which shortcuts are displayed.” Find the power icon and turn it on. 

Checking for hardware changes

If you’ve recently replaced your laptop battery, chances are your OS still hasn’t confirmed it. It is recommended that you scan for hardware changes and let your system recognize new hardware. Follow these steps:

  • Go to the menu;
  • Type “control panel” and open it;
  • Go to Hardware and Sound> Add Device;
  • Wait while the wizard finds your hardware.
  • Reboot your computer.

Run SFC Scan

SFC Scanner is a built-in troubleshooting tool designed to solve various system-related problems.

  • Go to the Search section, type cmd and open Command Prompt as Administrator.
  • Enter the following command and hit enter: sfc / scannow.
  • Wait for the process to complete.
  • Reboot your computer.

Restart Windows Explorer

  • Right-click the Start Menu and go to Task Manager.
  • Scroll down and find Windows Explorer Process.
  • Click on “Explorer” and go to “Restart.Battery”.
  • Reboot your computer.

Run the troubleshooter

If you are using the Windows version of Spring Creators Update, you have a troubleshooting option to fix various system problems. Launch:

  • Go to Settings> Update & Security.
  • Click the Troubleshoot tab.
  • Scroll down and tap Hardware and Devices.
  • Now click on Run the troubleshooter.
  • Follow the instructions on the screen and wait while the wizard finishes setting up your computer.
  • Reboot your PC.


DISM stands for Deployment Image Servicing and Management.

  • Enter “cmd”, click on command prompt and run it as administrator.
  • On the command line, copy these lines one by one and press Enter after each:
  1. DISM / online / Cleanup-Image / ScanHealth
  2. DISM / Online / Cleanup-Image / RestoreHealth
  • Wait for the procedure to finish (this will take up to 10 minutes).
  • Reboot your PC.

Disable and re-enable hardware in device manager

  • From the Start menu, select Device Manager.
  • Expand the Batteries section.
  • Click on the Microsoft AC adapter and select Disable.
  • Repeat the process for a Microsoft ACPI compliant control battery.

After disabling both, you will have to reactivate them. Sometimes this is not enough and you will have to uninstall and reinstall them. To do this, tap on each of them and click “Delete”. After completing the procedure, right-click your PC name at the top of the list and select “Scan for hardware changes”. This will force Windows to detect the hardware components and install them back.

We hope that one of the described methods helped you troubleshoot the problem. If this does not happen, then contact a technical support specialist for help.

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