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Windows 7: To sleep or not to sleep ???

07 Dec 2009   #1

To sleep or not to sleep ???

Seems like I only have the "Sleep" function on My Win7 Home Premium. Some people are talking about the hibernate. I have been using Sleep and it seems to be OK. Is this the best for over night or longer ??

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07 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64

Sleep doesn't write anything to the HD, and uses a little power to keep everything in RAM for quick resume.
Hibernate writes everything to the HD and then shuts down, using no power. It takes longer to resume.
To enable hibernate, open a command prompt and type "powercfg -h on"
Hybrid sleep is a cross between sleep and hibernate. It writes everything to the HD but keeps it in RAM, for quick resume, but safer than sleep in case of power loss.
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07 Dec 2009   #3

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Roehrle,

In addition:

Sleep would be fine for this. If you are going to be off and on the computer often, then sleep would be best since it allows your computer to startup faster than with hibernate. If you only get off and on the computer a couple of days a week, then hibernate may be fine for this.

Hope this helps,
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