So, the battery icon just disappeared from my task bar. I look around and find out that I should check the task bar settings and set "power" to "on". "power" is greyed out. I find out that to fix this I should go to the device manager and do some things there under "Battery". The device manager doesn't even list "Battery". Any more ideas? Thanks. BTW, this is a company laptop. Any ideas that involve privileged user status just won't fly.
UPDATE: Well, it disappeared when I connected to my company's VPN. What the heck does a VPN have to do with battery life? I re-booted and rec-connected to the VPN, and the battery icon is back. So problem solved for now. But for reasons I won't go into, I really need to see that icon and I don't want to keep rebooting. SO, Any ideas what's going on?