Windows Explorer Consuming Most Battery


New Guy

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I noticed today that my battery was dying fast and I wasn't using any applications. The Power and Battery detailed info shows that Windows Explorer is using at lease 67% of overall usage. So I suspect Win Ex is the issue.

My plan was to select the 3 dots ••• to open Manage background activity then select "Never" in the Let this app run in the background dropdown menu. But I'm not able to select the 3 dots. They're greyed out.

I appreciate any help.
 
Windows Build/Version
Edition Windows 11 Home Version 23H2 OS build 22631.3593

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System One

  • OS
    Win11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
I noticed today that my battery was dying fast and I wasn't using any applications. The Power and Battery detailed info shows that Windows Explorer is using at lease 67% of overall usage. So I suspect Win Ex is the issue.

My plan was to select the 3 dots ••• to open Manage background activity then select "Never" in the Let this app run in the background dropdown menu. But I'm not able to select the 3 dots. They're greyed out.

I appreciate any help.
The likely reason why the options are greyed-out is because Windows Explorer (explorer.exe) is the process that also handles the entire desktop user interface. This means that it has to be constantly running and disabling it result in a blank black screen with no gui. Basically your laptop would be unusable.

 

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  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
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    HP Pavilion Laptop 15-cw1xxx
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 3500U with Radeon Vega Mobile Gfx
    Memory
    8.00 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon(TM) Vega 8 Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic PnP Monitor
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    LITEON CV8-8E128-HP (SSD)
    WDC WD10SPZX-60Z10T0 (Hard Drive)
    PSU
    Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery
    Case
    Proprietary HP Pavilion Laptop 15 shell
    Cooling
    Active Fan Cooling
    Keyboard
    Standard PS/2 Keyboard
    Mouse
    ELAN Clickpad
    Internet Speed
    35.50 Mbps download 23.44 Mbps upload
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
  • Operating System
    Windows 11
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Hewlett-Packard (p6803w)
    CPU
    AMD Athlon(tm) II X2 220
    Motherboard
    AMD Socket AM3
    Memory
    16.00 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD 4200
    Sound Card
    High Definition Audio Device
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic PnP Monitor
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    ST3750528AS
    Case
    Proprietary Hp Pavilion p6000 Series
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    Fan
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    Lenovo
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    HP SK-2085
    Internet Speed
    90.8 Mbps download 23.4 Mbps upload
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    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
Welcome to th forum @New Guy If you would complete your system specs in your forum profile, we would know what hardware you are dealing with. As @DennyZenny said, explorer is ALWAYS running. You can't do anything about that.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3737
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
    Motherboard
    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1tb Solidigm m.2 nvme+256gb SKHynix m.2 nvme /External +512gb Samsung m.2 sata+1tb Kingston m2.nvme
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
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