How to Restore The Missing Battery Icon in 8/8.1

Posted by Britt Duncan - October 15, 2014

You may have been to such awkward situation when you open up your laptop but find no trace of battery icon even though you have removed the power cord. This may happen due to modification of notification settings or the drive of battery has been out of date. So, to bring back your missing battery icon, you have to go through those settings to find what what has gone wrong. Here is how.




Fix one: Change settings of Notification Area icon

1. Locate right corner of computer screen, click the tiny triangle icon to display hidden icons. Then, click Customize link to bring up settings session.


2. After Notification Area icon window opens up, search Power column. At the Behaviors part, you can decide to display or hide the icon and notifications. So, to bring back the missing Battery icon, you have to set this option to Show icon and notifications. After that, click OK button.


But, if your setting is already set to show the icon while the Battery icon remains missing, try to update the drive for Battery.

Fix two: Uninstall and Install Battery Driver

1. Click Win + X to display Power User Menu and select Device Manager from the list.


2. Find Batteries session and double click on it to expand. You will see a Microsoft AC Adapter device. Right click on it and select Uninstall to remove it.



3. But the deleted drive will not be added back itself. After you receive the notification of fully uninstallation of the drive, go back to the Drive Manager window. Click Action at the tool menu and then Scan for hardware changes option.


This will require the system to search and reinstall the latest drive for Battery and finally show the icon on your tray.

Fix three: Repair System Files

If the above procedures still fail to help you pin back your Battery icon, then some system files are likely damaged or corrupted. In that case, you can rely on the Windows built-in tool to fix this for you.


Once again, click Win + X to show Power User menu and select Command Prompt( Admin) this time. Once the Command Prompt opens up, put in sfc / scannow and hit Enter. Wait a few moments for the finish of scan and fix of system files. Once completed, restart the machine and have a check whether the problem fixed or not.


Fix four: Refresh Windows 8/8.1

It will be unfortunate if listed attempts still cannot fix the missing Battery icon in Windows 8/8.1 for you. But, it’s not the end of the world. Opt out for doing a refresh on Windows 8 to see whether this help you out in the end. But don’t worry, performing a refresh in Windows 8 will not wipe out your setting and files.

Click Win + C to bring up Charm bar, click Settings and then Change PC Settings.


Select Update and Recovery option and then Recovery in next screen.


After that, you will see the session to refresh your PC without affecting your files. Click Get Started underneath to begin.


Once the fresh is done, remember to reboot the machine to have a check!



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TESTED:  18 Oct