I have a Windows 10 Pro VM that I often connect to from a Windows 10 laptop. I connect using vanilla Microsoft Remote Desktop Client. Because I full-screen the remote session so often, I sometimes don't notice my battery level draining.

Is it possible to show the battery level of my laptop inside the virtual machine I connect to?


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I didn't find anything that would do this, either, so I started a new project on GitHub to create a Microsoft RDP client add-in for battery reporting.

Check the releases page for Windows binaries, if you prefer not to compile from the source, and follow the instructions for installation.

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    This is great! I will be running this immediately! Mar 2, 2018 at 17:21
  • I don't have much rep. but this is so awesome it is well worth it. Mar 5, 2018 at 14:05

Disclaimer: I haven't used Windows in a long time, so I haven't tested this. That said, it should work.

  • Install 8gadgetpack to enable support to "Windows gadgets".

    (Needed for Windows versions higher than 7)

  • Install the "Battery Meter" gadget.

  • Activate the gadget, right-click and set it to "always on top".
  • This would do the job, but I was hoping for something that would integrate into the Windows power meter. Sep 23, 2017 at 2:59
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    If the virtual machine is in another computer you need to use a solution like this, there is no way you can do it with the Windows power meter (because that would need built a networked solution just for this, which is a very corner case). Sep 23, 2017 at 9:59
  • I was afraid of this. The WMIC commands above look hopeful. I just had the linux-centric dream there would be someway to hack it together. Sep 24, 2017 at 4:20

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