A laptop is arguably the best thing that was ever invented. It’s one of the coolest tools a corporate professional/a student could own. But a few things about our precious laptops are not so cool. They slow down, batteries get weaker over time, and keys get loose. But worst of all, there is this issue that has been creeping around for years now. It’s when you see the caption on your battery that says plugged in, not charging, drives you nuts, doesn’t it? There could be multiple things abnormal about your machine when you see this message. Sometimes, your laptop might not show the charging indicator (that tiny LED). If your laptop’s touchpad is not working, this is how to fix it.

There could be many reasons for this problem to arise. Fix this issue by resetting the update service and related service with the help of the command prompt or by resetting the Windows update component.

It could be a minor software issue with a recent update you did. (we all love Windows updates, don’t we?) It could even be some hardware issue on your laptop, possibly because of its age. (on old machines, like my 5-year-old fella) Whatever the reason, every problem in this world has a solution. So unlike my anime addiction, this laptop charging problem can be fixed, and we’ll learn how to do just that. Now, before we dive into the solution, you might want to know how this problem arises in the first place. If you’ll be a little smarter than you were yesterday, read the next paragraph.

Reasons for Plugged-in Not Charging Issue

There are two core reasons why you might be facing this issue. It could be due to

  1. Windows OS problem
  2. Charging brick faults

How to Fix Laptop Battery Plugged in Not Charging Error

Let us tackle these possible issues and their fixes one by one. I am sure that one of them will surely get rid of the annoying plugged not charging Windows 10 or battery plugged in not charging message.

Or maybe, the charging light is on, but you don’t see any signs of your battery charging up. Usually, the battery percentage will be stuck at some random level, often at 0 percent forever. Charge for at least eight hours or overnight. Unplug the charger and power the Razer Blade on. Use the laptop in battery mode until it drains and powers down. Collect the battery log and contact Razer Support if the issue persists.

Method 1. Fix OS Drivers

Let’s start with the OS first because a faulty power adapter driver is always the culprit behind such issues. The primary driver that handles the laptop’s power functions is an ACPI driver.

ACPI stands for Advanced Configuration and Power Interface. Even if you are an average internet user, you will know what malware and viruses can do to your innocent drivers. That’s right; they corrupt them! And a corrupt driver causes all sorts of issues and problems.

So, we do the same thing you would do if you found that a tooth has been infected and is aching badly. You pull it out of your gums. (or get a root canal, but that’s beside the point)

We must remove this driver from our system to fix the issue instantly. We first need to remove the battery from the laptop to do that.

Unless you’re a noob, your laptop can turn on using the power cable without the battery. Connect your power cord and start your laptop to remove the battery from its socket. Now that your laptop is up and running follow these simple steps:

  1. Press Win+R, type “devmgmt.msc” and hit OK to open Device Manager.type devmgmt
  2. Now, expand the option that says batteries. Under that, you will see an entry that says Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery. Just remove that driver by entering its properties and clicking Uninstall driver. Confirm the uninstall message by clicking OK, and it will be permanently removed from your system. You may face the issue like Windows updates not running issue as well, but it happens rarely.uninstall microsoft acpi compliant control method bateery After that, put your battery back into the laptop and see if it charges normally. If it does not, return to the same mode by removing the battery and uninstalling the other driver. The one that says Microsoft AC Adapter. These kinds of physical errors also lead to driver corrupted expool issues as well.

The best part is that Windows OS automatically reinstalls these drivers after you plug in your charger. You don’t have to worry about reinstalling the driver yourself. However, try the next step if the problem persists after uninstalling these drivers. I Hope, This will resolve plugged not charging Windows 7 issue.

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Method 2. Reset your BIOS

This is relatively simple to do. Just boot into your BIOS from the powered-down state. I assume you know how to boot into your laptop’s BIOS; if you don’t, it is just a simple Google search away. Make sure you enter your laptop model because it varies with the motherboard.bios

Anyway, after you load up your BIOS, head over to the last option, which says Exit, and navigate down to load setup defaults. Hit enter and confirm by clicking Yes. Your bios should now be reset back to defaults, and hopefully, this should fix the computer plugged-in, not charging issue.

Method 3. Check your power adapter

If the above steps are not working, there might be an issue with the power adapter. So check the adapter for any broken traces on the skin.check power adapter

An easy way to find burnt internal wires is by feeling the outer sheath of the wire. If you feel a bump that protrudes more than the rest of the body, that might be the post.

Grab a razor and carefully cut open the outer sheath and see the insides. Being the wire surgeon you are, you should not cut through the wires inside the cable yourself. Battery errors also lead to unexpected shutdowns, and you may face laptop sound not working.

Check for any burnt areas or any blackened spots. If the cables are damaged, I don’t need to tell you to get a better one because sometimes, the damage will be such that it will still be conducting current but not enough for the laptop to recognize it as a stable power input.

So, that might’ve caused the driver to go into that situation where it displays the
The laptop was plugged in, but no charging message.

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This did happen to me, too, right before my UNIX programming exams. I had no juice on my laptop, and it showed me that dreadful message. Thankfully, my desktop saved my ass. But as it turns out, my charger was bad.

Apply your sensitive Sherlock nose on your charging brick and see if you pick up any burnt plastic smells.


How can I get my plugged-in device to start charging?

Perform the instructions below to begin charging a plugged-in device: Use a charging cord and adapter that are appropriate for your smartphone. Verify that the adapter is hooked to an active power outlet. Securely attach the device's charging wire. The gadget you're using must recognize the charging connection and begin charging on its own. On the device's screen, look for the charging icon or notification.

What exactly does 'plugged in but not charging' mean?

Even though your gadget connects to a power source, the warning 'plugged in but not charging' frequently means that it isn't getting the appropriate charging current. This could be due to issues with the battery, adapter, charging cord, or software settings. To troubleshoot, try a different cable, adapter, or power source and check for any software updates or battery health problems.

Why isn't my PC charging despite being plugged in?

For a variety of reasons, including a faulty charging cable or adapter, a broken charging port, a depleted battery that takes some time to power up before presenting charging indicators, or a software issue, your PC might not charge even while it connects in. To troubleshoot, make sure the cable and adapter are working properly, scan for damage to the charging port, and then restart your computer.

What does it mean to be 'plugged in'?

When an electronic device, such as a laptop or smartphone, plugs into a power source with a cable and adapter, the term 'plugged in' use to describe the situation. In this mode, the device can either work directly without using its internal battery or draw power from the source to charge it, allowing for continuous use.


So these were, in my opinion, three of the most comfortable and efficient ways of checking and fixing your laptop plugged, not charging issue. These unexpected errors also lead to Keeping your registries clean and always buying good quality chargers to avoid this problem in the future. Enjoy!


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