When the UPS switches over to battery power (e.g., when the mains power cuts off or goes out of spec), I'd expect to (and like to) see a notification bubble (toast) in the notification area. Is there a way to make that happen?
- Windows 10 19043.1165 on desktop PC
- APC BackUPS XC 1500 (with refreshed batteries)
Windows knows about the UPS. I've connected the UPS to a USB port, and the Battery Saver tab in the Settings control panel applet shows the current charge for the UPS's batteries. In Device Manager, under the Batteries node, there is a HID UPS Battery. It seems to be a generic Microsoft driver from 2006.
The APC website offers deprecated software for managing the UPS, but it seems to have been unmaintained and unsupported for quite a while, so I'm not inclined to install that.
The option to display the power status in the notification area of the task bar seems to be disabled for desktop devices.
I checked the Services, and I see one called "Power" that says "Manages power policy and power policy notifications." That service is running and its startup type is automatic.
Moments ago, my UPS kicked in for almost a minute. The UPS's front panel said it was because of an undervoltage on the mains.
- There was no notification on the desktop.
- I opened the Battery Saver tab of the Settings applet during the event, and it was updating the battery charge level in real time, but it showed no other indication that it was currently running on batteries.
- Afterwards, I checked the Event Viewer but I cannot find any logged events that correspond to the event.
During longer outages in the past, Windows has put the PC into hibernation mode, as expected, so it seems to recognize when it's running on emergency backup power. But even during those events there were no notifications.
Is there a way to get desktop notifications for these types of power change events?