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Leave computer running or shut down

  1. #1

    Posts : 2

    Leave computer running or shut down

    Hi, I am a newbie and this is my first post.
    I have been reading about a topical choice: which is better - shut the computer down after use or leave it running.
    I can see advantages on both sides but I would like a technical answer. Please help.

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  2. #2

    Austin TX metro area
    Posts : 518
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]

    Taking into consideration motherboard stress during post/boot, powering up everything related to computer operations [such as printers, scanners, USB boxes, external whatevers]; and considering HDs constantly spinning; considering saving on electricity bills and wear/tear on active-on stuff, wifey and I have done this for many years now:
    Whoever powers up first, leaves it on. Whoever is the last person standing or sitting at night, powers everything down.
    Exception: when I know she's not going to be on computer, I'll power down from early morning quick-look-at-somethings session.
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  3. #3

    I have a desktop and I am the sole user of it. I put it to sleep when not using it, and wake it up when I want to use it again. Sometimes the only reason it gets a re-boot is because the updates, or some software I install, wants a reboot. I rarely just shut it down.
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  4. #4

    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit

    See what Lifehacker has to say about this. I personally shutdown as I have no need to keep it running unattended for security issues.
    Is it Bad to Shut Down My Computer Regularly or Leave It On All the Time?
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  5. #5

    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2

    I shut down my laptop every night. No need to leave it running or go into sleep mode. Now if I have something compiling that is going to take a while. Then yes it stays on.
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  6. #6

    I shut mine down every night and boot them up the next day. It's better on the computer.
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  7. #7

    N. Calif
    Posts : 2,146
    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)

    The real, super technical answer is: Whatever you prefer. There really is no correct answer to the question. It doesn't hurt the computer to leave it on, nor does it overly tax it to turn it off/on. If you leave it running it will use more power but if you actually calculate it out, you don't save a significant amount of money by turning it off. It really boils down to your personal preference.
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  8. #8

    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

    Over 2 years with present laptop, shut it down at night, put to sleep during the day if not using for awhile.
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  9. #9

    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    I don't know of anyone who leaves their car running for fear of shutting it off and starting it too much.
    Shut the PC off. If the machine can't handle it, get a refund.
    Users who do testing on common machines shutdown and boot up, or restart the machine hundred's of times a day.
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  10. #10

    Posts : 315
    Windows 8.1 consumer 64 bit

    I almost never shut down my laptop, I put it sleep mode when I'm not using it. That way it's always ready to go in a few seconds.
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