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Windows 7: IS it safe to keep a computer running for 16 hours?

02 Apr 2011   #1
Japjeev

Windows 7
 
 
IS it safe to keep a computer running for 16 hours?

i have a desktop and basically when i go to school i leave the computer on for 10 hours and 6 hours just to game. since i use it for a server for my music and i stream music from it to my phone. So will it somehow decrease the life of my pc if i do this? Or its okay?

I assembled my PC around 5 months ago and its going strong and i dont want it to die


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02 Apr 2011   #2
DreemWarrior

Windows 7 ultimate X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Japjeev View Post
i have a desktop and basically when i go to school i leave the computer on for 10 hours and 6 hours just to game. since i use it for a server for my music and i stream music from it to my phone. So will it somehow decrease the life of my pc if i do this? Or its okay?

I assembled my PC around 5 months ago and its going strong and i dont want it to die
As long as you have adequate cooling, you should be fine. I have had systems run without shutdown(other than restarts) for months on end. Hard drives have a finite number of spin up/downs anyhow, so the less you do, the longer it should last. (In theory anyhow)
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02 Apr 2011   #3
Imperfect1

 
 

Logically speaking, the more you use your system, the faster you'll decrease it's life --- but everything is relative. . . Many people successfully keep their systems on all of the time --- turning their systems off only when they need to re-boot for a specific reason. Some even go so far as to say that turning your system on and off is more taxing than leaving it on.
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02 Apr 2011   #4
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

You can run it for years under normal circumstances. There is no problem at all letting it run for a few hours or days. As long as it is setup and running properly.

At one time quite a few people were very reluctant to turn their machines OFF! This is because switching on and switching off are the most critical times for a lot of hardware. I had a server running at one customer's premises which ran for 14 years without a break.

Regards....Mike Connor
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02 Apr 2011   #5
Japjeev

Windows 7
 
 

okay guys thanks does anyone know a good app for streaming music onto andoird phones via a PC?
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02 Apr 2011   #6
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

I don't use these myself, so I can't recommend them, I am just pointing them out. My next door neighbour's son uses some of them and he seems quite happy with them:

stream Android Freeware. Download free stream apps for Android Phones.

stream freeware downloads for Windows Mobile Phone.

You will maybe get more specific information here;

Multimedia Streaming From PC To Android Device? - Android Forums

Regards....Mike Connor
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02 Apr 2011   #7
gregrocker

 

The Win7 Power Options work very smoothly at default, so you can walk away from your computer, it goes to sleep after 45 minutes, easily awakened by mouse or hitting Enter, then if you're away for 90 minutes (your choice) it saves whatever is on your desktop to the HD and shuts down - but is much quicker to startup up from Hibernation.

It relieves you of worrying about shutting down your computer, does it for you depending on how long you're away so you can easily change your mind about coming back. I previously always shut down but find this much easier - and quicker startups.

Just remember to periodically Shut Down or Restart to refresh your System.
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02 Apr 2011   #8
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

I have an old Windows 98-SE eMachines 400mhz computer running 24/7 for 13 years now, except for re-boots & installing a new PSU after 10yrs.
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02 Apr 2011   #9
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
I have an old Windows 98-SE eMachines 400mhz computer running 24/7 for 13 years now, except for re-boots & installing a new PSU after 10yrs.
eMachines are solid stock rigs.

Best Buy had a quality house brand called VPR Matrix Pentium 4 which ran 24/7 XP>Vista>7 here for ten years with only a PSU change, now doing 8 hours office duty daily.

But Power Options IMO didn't provide really smooth and trouble-free transitions for the masses until Win7.
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02 Apr 2011   #10
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Mine runs 24/7 and only shut down if I upgrade/replace parts.
I have to reboot every couple of days now due to some funky issue with the graphics driver causing the screens to alternately go black when a game loads, game will eventually load up but it's a pain waiting. It also affects the locking and unlocking of the PC. A reboot fixes the issue for a day or two.
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