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    Windows 10 Always Reboots to Airplane Mode

    Hi All,

    Every time I reboot my Lenovo Thinkpad W541 running Windows 10 (64 bit) it restarts in "Airplane Mode", draining the battery even when connected to the external AC supply.

    By the time I realise what has happened my Thinkpad has stopped thinking and shutdown or hibernated because the battery has gone flat! Un-plugging and replugging the external power does not result in the system re-charging the battery. I have to go into the power settings and reselect the power configuartion I require, generally Maximum Performance.

    I presently get around the problem by having the "Windows Mobility Center" (C:\Windows\System32\mblctr.exe) pinned to my Taskbar so I can access it quickly and so select my required power configuation.

    Does anyone else suffer this annoying hiccup, and if so have you found a permanent fix for it.

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    Can you not turn OFF airplane mode ?

    Will this tutorial help ?

    How to Turn On or Off Airplane Mode in Windows 10
    http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1...a.html#option3

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    Are you sure that "Airplane Mode" is actually on? The reason I ask is that myself and many others have noticed that the airplane mode button in the notification area is lit but it is not actually in airplane mode.
    Seems to be a bug of some sort on many W10 installations that hasn't been addressed yet by MS.

    http://www.tenforums.com/network-sha...lane-mode.html
    Last edited by lumpy95; 2016-06-29 at 09:27.

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    If the problem is that it is just the notification center showing Airplane Mode on but it is not actually on, then this was reported as an issue in Insider Preview Build 14257 in Feb. 2016. It appears to have been fixed at least in Insider Preview builds for quite a while although I can't find a mention of it in any release notes. So, the fix may not be universal.
    Joe

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    So, the fix may not be universal.
    It must not be universal Joe because mine is still that way on build 10586.420. Sometimes the airplane mode button in the notification display goes off and then returns after awhile randomly, but it is always showing at bootup even though it is actually not turned on.
    My laptop is an HP ProBook 450 G2.
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    You could create a shortcut that runs Power Configuration, either manually or on log-in.
    powercfg /s scheme_GUID

    To find the GUID run: powercfg /L

    cheers, Paul

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    Build 10586.240 is the latest rollup update for the November general release. I guess that there has not been a fix released to the general public. Here's the problem description from build 14257:

    After logging in to your PC, you may hit a UI issue in which Airplane Mode will incorrectly show as “on” even though your PC’s Wi-Fi is powered on. This is due to a timing issue between how the UI communicates and waits for the underlying platform to respond. The UI for Airplane Mode essentially does not wait long enough for the device’s physical radios to power on before reporting the current state.*You can toggle the Airplane Mode on and off to get Airplane Mode back to showing the correct state.
    Joe

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    I'm on ver 1511, build 10586.420 and toggling the switch doesn't cure it. It seems to "think" it's on even when it isn't. Wi-Fi works fine regardless so I'm not too concerned about the glitch.

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    That could be a different issue. Do you have the most current BIOS & drivers?
    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeP517 View Post
    That could be a different issue. Do you have the most current BIOS & drivers?
    Yes, current BIOS & drivers.
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    You do understand the part about toggling Airplane mode means to use Settings | Network & Internet | Airplane mode right?
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    Yes
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    Unfortunately it seems to be an unfixed glitch that has carried on since the insider build you referenced ( at least for quite a number of W10 installs ). Personally, I know it exist's but as long as it doesn't affect my connection, it's just an irritant and a constant reminder of W10's lack of glitch fixes in MS's "Push" to get W10 to the masses.
    Anyway, I hope the OP got some insight as to what "could" be the problem they see.
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    Thanks for all the comments responding to my post.

    To comment on various points raised:

    • Yes, my Thinkpad W541 is going to Airplane mode because it turns OFF both my Wifi and Bluetooth. The Wifi being turned off doesn't really bother me as I'm Ethernet connected to my router, but the connection to the Internet is disconnected within the Thinkpad only - all other devices connected to my router via Ethernet and Wifi are still connected to the Internet and operating properly.
    • My Thinkpad has the latest BIOS (from Lenovo) and Windows 10 (64 bt) updates, the latter as forced into my Thinkpad by Microsoft.
    • No-one has commented specifically on the reboot issue that forces my Thinkpad to run on battery only, even when connected to an external supply (other than to suggest alternative methods for switching power options, which I've already sorted - see my original post). This is my real issue - the failure to boot or restart in the previously set Power Scheme. What's worse, it does not happen every time


    My conclusion thus far is that this is another undocumented/acknowledged "feature" of the current public build of Windows 10 64 bit

    Still searching for a fix...

    Cheers

    BygAuldByrd

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    What happens when you just run on AC with the battery removed ?

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    There are a few things to try to fix airplane mode issues listed here:
    http://www.howto-connect.com/fix-air...in-windows-10/

    Jerry

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