Windows 11 bug pushes one user's laptop charge past the 100% mark

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After making the switch to Windows 11 on your laptop, it appears you could be subject to some unprecedented battery shenanigans. 

One Reddit user's Windows 11 laptop has finally surpassed the mortal confines of the 100% battery mark, setting a new standard for laptops everywhere. Rejoice, we now live in the age of hypercharged technology—a time of... unlimited power.

Zondax's first post (opens in new tab) came after they spotted this in their system tray's battery tooltip, while playing a humble game of Old School Runescape (opens in new tab): "Battery status: fully charged 103%"

A couple of hours later, OP added an updated screenshot (opens in new tab) that shows it reaching 104%. Commenters are calling it "Firestarter Edition," and warning OP to back away slowly, since they may have accidentally created a bomb.

Of course its a bug, not a feature. There's no word on what model laptop the user has, either, but the user did let me know they were using OS build 22483.1000.

Either way, it's a darn site different to the usual complaints we see saturating the web around Windows 11 bugs (opens in new tab), especially when it comes to battery life.

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The majority cite issues such as batteries refusing to charge beyond a certain level (opens in new tab), exhibiting a massive dip in battery life (opens in new tab), or refusing to show how much battery has been used since upgrading to Windows 11.

A lot of people suggest a clean ISO install (opens in new tab) is the way forward if you're experiencing bugs like these, as opposed to the upgrade option which can sometimes cause problems.

Hopefully the issue with Zondax's laptop was nothing more than a bad read on the battery life, but the fact OP went silent after their second post was a bit worrying.

Katie Wickens
Hardware Writer

Screw sports, Katie would rather watch Intel, AMD and Nvidia go at it. Having been obsessed with computers and graphics for three long decades, she took Game Art and Design up to Masters level at uni, and has been demystifying tech and science—rather sarcastically—for two years since. She can be found admiring AI advancements, scrambling for scintillating Raspberry Pi projects, preaching cybersecurity awareness, sighing over semiconductors, and gawping at the latest GPU upgrades. She's been heading the PCG Steam Deck content hike, while waiting patiently for her chance to upload her consciousness into the cloud.