Vista Battery Saver is a program developed to increase laptop battery life by disabling specific Windows features.
Created to work on Windows Vista, but also running fine on Windows 7, the application can turn off both the Windows Aero tool and the Windows Sidebar, both of which can affect the overall battery lifetime.
It all comes down to the configuration screen that allows users to set up the way Vista Battery Saver controls the two aforementioned Windows features.
For example, the application can always disable the Windows Aero user interface whenever the laptop runs on battery power or simply when the battery level is below a user-defined value. The same applies to Windows Sidebar too, with three different options to control it.
Notification messages are also available to let you know whenever one of the two are disabled and so is an option to automatically run the app at Windows boot.
Vista Battery Saver doesn’t seem to bring such a significant improvement to the overall lifetime of the battery and only minor changes can be spotted after running the app for a while.
The good thing however is that it runs smoothly and doesn’t hamper system performance, without even asking for administrator privileges.
All things considered, Vista Battery Saver is a very simple app that deserves a chance not necessarily because it promises to improve battery lifetime, but also thanks to its freeware license.
It doesn’t cost a thing to run it for a few days and after all, disabling the two Windows tool can also enhance system performance.