Fix Laptop Plugged in not Charging Error in Windows 10

As you go about working away on your Windows 10 PC, you may encounter a peculiar battery notification ‘Laptop Plugged in not Charging’.

This is despite your laptop being plugged into a source of AC power and the LED on the AC charging port indicating that it is charging. It’s not uncommon to come across such a strange notification. This erroneous message is caused by a corrupted power management software usually attributed to a Windows update. 

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Let’s see how to fix Laptop Plugged in not Charging Error in Windows 10:

Method 1: Disconnect the power and reboot

To start off, the easiest remedy to this fault is to disconnect the charging cable from the laptop, restart the laptop and reconnect your laptop’s charger to the power source. 

Follow the simple steps below

  1. Unplug your laptop’s charger
  2. Power off your laptop
  3. Remove your laptop’s battery for a few seconds
  4. Insert the battery back to your laptop
  5. Power on your laptop and plug in your charger. This should fix the problem.
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If this does not fix the problem, use the next method.

Method 2: Reinstall the Laptop’s battery drivers

As discussed earlier, a probable cause for this bizarre notification is corrupt power management drivers. These drivers need to be reinstalled. To accomplish this, follow the steps below.

Head out to the Windows Search bar and search for ‘Device Manager’.

device manager on search bar

On the pull-up menu, click on the ‘Device Manager’ option to open the device manager Windows.

Click on device manager

Alternatively, you can press the Windows Key + R  to open the Run dialogue box. In the text field, type devmgmt.msc and hit ENTER.

open device manager

This will open the device manager Windows that lists all the system’s device drivers. 

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Click on ‘batteries’ to expand and list the drivers.


Right-click on the ‘Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery’ and select the ‘Uninstall’ option to remove the driver.

Uninstall battery drivers

Thereafter, shut down your laptop,  disconnect the power charger from the AC power and remove the battery for a few minutes.

Next, place back the battery into the laptop and reconnect the power charger

Power on the laptop. Windows 10 Will automatically reinstall the battery driver that we uninstalled earlier and this should fix the error.

Method 3: Update the battery drivers

If the 2 methods above don’t work, updating the battery drivers comes highly recommended. This is done at the Device Manager Window.

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To access  ‘Device Manager’ press the Windows Key + R. In the Run dialogue box type devmgmt.msc and hit ENTER.

open device manager

Again, locate and click on ‘batteries’ to expand and view the battery drivers. 

Right-click on the ‘Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery’ driver and click on the ‘Update driver’ option. Your Windows system will look for updates online and apply them to the driver.

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After the update fix, restart the PC, and disconnect the power charger.

Upon restarting the PC, reconnect the charger and the error should be cleared and the battery will charge normally.

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Note: Sometimes, your Windows 10 PC may not automatically reinstall the battery drivers. In that case, you will be required to manually install the battery driver from the Manufacturer’s website.

The Takeaway

In this guide, we have provided some of the remedies that you can use to fix the ‘Laptop Plugged in not Charging Error’  in Windows 10. If you have another tip that worked for you, feel free to reach out to us.

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